5 Preventative Essentials for Your Dog or Cat

It’s always easier to prevent a problem ahead of time, rather than deal with it later. When it comes to your pet’s health and wellness, you can do just that. Below, your Westminster, MD veterinarian tells you about five essential preventative healthcare steps for your dog or cat.

Spay and Neuter

Spaying and neutering, of course, prevents unplanned litters and uncontrolled breeding. It’s also a great preventative health measure! The procedure virtually eliminates the chance of genital cancers in both male and female pets, and makes the chances of other cancers like prostate and breast cancer far lower. Even UTIs and other common health problems aren’t as common in pets who have been spayed or neutered.


There’s no better way to protect against dangerous and contagious diseases like rabies, parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, Lyme disease, and others than by keeping your pet up to date on essential vaccinations. Check with your veterinarian if you’re unsure whether or not your pet has been vaccinated against these diseases—they’re far more difficult to treat than they are to prevent.

Pest Control

Have your pet wear year-round pest-control products to keep fleas, ticks, and parasitic worms at bay. For most pets, a heartworm preventative and a flea-and-tick control medicine will work well to keep them pest-free. Call your vet’s office right away if your pet needs parasite medications.

Quality Diet and Exercise

Giving your pet a high-quality diet is one of the best steps you can take when it comes to maintaining his or her good health in the long term. Proper nutrition keeps every part of the body healthy. Couple this with a regular exercise routine in the form of neighborhood walks and fun play sessions, and you have a recipe for great health and a proper weight throughout all stages of life.

Would you like a recommendation on a good diet choice for your cat or dog? Call your vet clinic for help.

Veterinary Appointments

Last but not least, regular veterinary appointments are a key preventative healthcare step. When your pet is examined regularly, health concerns can be caught and treated early on, before they get worse. That makes for a happy and healthy animal companion!

Another great way to maintain your pet’s health—and save yourself money—in the long term is through one of Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic’s wellness plans. Call your local Westminster, MD animal hospital to learn more.

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