10 Steps for Good Health

1. Visit your veterinarian for a health exam at leastevery 6 months to monitor your pet’s health.
2. As your pet approaches senior status, EVC mayrecommend basic blood and urine tests as a baseline for measuring future changes.  Regular blood testing can help identify diseases in the earliest and most treatable stages.
3. Note changes in behavior or appearance and see your vet.  A trip to the vet can get problems under control early, before they become major problems requiring more intensive treatment.
4. Feed your pet quality food that provides enhanced levels of key nutrients.  An example of a high quality diet includes Hills Science Diet.
5. Talk to your veterinarian about professional dental cleaning and follow up with recommended dental care at home.
6. Provide moderate exercise.  This will help with weight control and keep muscles toned.
7. Talk with your vet if your pet tires easily or has trouble breathing.
8. Groom / brush your pet at least once each week. 
9. Check for lumps, sores or foul-smelling ears. EVC recommends not bathing your pet more often that once a month.
10. If your pet has not been spayed or neutered, ask any staff member here at EVC about having this done to avoid tumors of the mammary or prostate glands.