If you're a pet owner, you want your pet or pets to stay as happy and healthy as possible for as long as possible. One way to achieve this is to do everything you can to assure that your pet gets proper preventative care. Preventative care involves steps taken by both you and your veterinarian. At Van Loon Animal Hospital, we have years of experience providing Holmen residents with reliable preventative veterinary care. Here are some of the simplest and most effective steps you can take to make sure your pet has the best possible chances of remaining healthy.
Diet and Exercise
Just like people, pets of all kinds have nutritional and exercise-related needs. Some breeds require lengthy walks or runs, while others can get sufficient exercise through normal play with family members. Research the type of dog you own to make sure they are receiving the proper nutrients and the proper amount of exercise.
Older pets slow down, but they must continue moving as much as possible. A good diet is also important. Feeding your pet quality food specifically formulated for their breed and age will give them the necessary nutrients to fight disease and maintain high energy levels. If you are having trouble finding nutritious food that your pet loves, our veterinarian will help you choose from several great options.
Form Healthy Habits
Pets need to have healthy habits enforced much as human children do. Potty training is an essential step in keeping your pet clean and healthy while also fostering a strong relationship between you and your pet. Getting your pet used to have his or her teeth brushed young will pay off in the long run. Feeding your pet dental treats will also keep your pet’s mouth and gums healthy between visits to the veterinarian.
Regular Veterinary Care
Visits to the vet shouldn't be reserved for times when your pet seems to be sick. Your pet will likely need several vaccinations to protect them against potentially serious diseases. In addition to vaccinating your pet against conditions like rabies and distemper, our vet will check your pet's vital signs to make sure their body is functioning properly. By regularly assessing your pet’s health, our vet will be able to identify health issues early on and provide your pet with prompt and effective treatment.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Holmen Today
If you are looking for a veterinarian in Holmen, the pet healthcare professionals at Van Loon Animal Hospital are ready to assist you. For more information on preventative care or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call us at (608) 526-2200.