At Stage Road Animal Hospital in North Memphis, our comprehensive preventive veterinary health care services are customized to the unique needs of your pet.
What is preventive health care for pets?
Preventive health care for animals is a range of treatments and procedures designed to prevent injury and the onset disease in pets.
The Stage Road Animal Hospital team considers regular, comprehensive preventive care to be the foundation for our patients' long-term health.
We work with our patients and their people to identify health issues early, and prevent them from developing in the first place, or from becoming more serious.
Preventive Health at Stage Road Animal Hospital
Preventive heath care services for cats and dogs at our hospital include the following:
Yearly checkups give us the opportunity to identify and treat any developing health issues, and monitor your pet's overall health.
Vaccinations are essential in the prevention of diseases like distemper, parvovirus, rabies, hepatitis, and bordetella, and many others.
Blood tests are a helpful diagnostic tool that allow us to detect hidden diseases early on in pets that appear to be healthy.
Heartworm is parasitic roundworm, and heartworm prevention protects pets against it, and from some other intestinal parasites as well.
Microchipping significantly increases the chances that your pet will be found and returned to you should they get lost.
We will work closely with you to find the right food and the right intake amount for your pet's unique dietary needs.
Preventive Health Care FAQs
- Why should I have my cat or dog vaccinated?
Vaccinations help extend your pets' lives by protecting them from various (sometimes deadly) diseases. These include infectious hepatitis, rabies, distemper, parvovirus, feline leukemia and many others. Annual vaccinations also help prevent the spread of infectious diseases among animals, and vaccinating against zoonotic diseases such as Rabies and Leptospirosis can protect humans as well.
- Why should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Spaying and neutering have many health benefits for cats and dogs. They can:
- decrease the chances of cystic ovaries, breast tumors, and uterine infections later in life
- reduce the desire to roam (thus helping to prevent injuries and accidents)
- decrease the incidence of prostate cancer later in life
- help prevent spraying and marking
- decrease the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens
- Should I let my pet have at least one litter?
The idea that allowing a female cat or dog to have a litter is somehow beneficial is unfounded. In fact, the opposite is true. Animals that go through heat cycles and pregnancy are an increased risk for uterine and mammary problems, including mammary cancer.
There are also health risks to the mother during both pregnancy and birth. Proper pre-natal care, emergency care for birth complications, and proper newborn care are expensive and time-consuming.
- Should I keep my cat indoors?
The fact is that indoor cats just live longer than outdoor cats. For this reason we highly recommend keeping your cat indoors as a preventive health care measure.
Outdoor cats are at an increased risk of being injured or eaten by other animals, encountering busy streets and traffic resulting in injury or death, exposure to contagious diseases, parasites, and extreme weather, poisoning, pet theft, and animal cruelty.
- Is microchipping really necessary?
Microchipping is perhaps the most effective means of ensuring your pet is returned to you if lost or stolen. While collars with a name and phone number tag are helpful, they are outdated and comparatively infeective. They can break or fall off easily, whereas the microchip is permanent and can’t be separated from the pet.