Designing a General Health Care Program
Ideally, you should provide your pet with a wellness check at least once per year. Small puppies and senior dogs have more needs than healthy adults, and twice-annual exams are recommended for dogs of this age. Unless your pet is experiencing health issues or other concerns, annual wellness checks are often enough to help your veterinarian take excellent care of your pet. Speaking with your veterinarian can also help you determine whether your dog needs exams more frequently due to concerns about age, health, or genetic conditions.
Dental prophylaxis or preventative care is very important in the general health of pets, and a dental exam is recommended in the annual care program for your pet. A dental exam every six months is recommended for geriatric patients. Qualified veterinarians typically offer the following dental services:
- Complete oral exam
- Scaling with hand instruments
- Ultrasonic scaling
- Oral antiseptic rinse with chlorhexidine 0.12%
- Fluoride treatment
- Root canals
- Oral surgery (e.g., mass removal)
- iM3 Professional 2000 Dental Unit
- Sizlak dental instruments
- iM3 ultrasonic scaler
NOTE: The information shown is offered for educational purposes only. Consult with your veterinarian to design a wellness program for your pet.