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  • Alyssa Cary, LVT

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Updated: Nov 10, 2018

Preventative medicine is so important for keeping our pets healthy and happy for as many years as possible. We often hear that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” but unfortunately, many people don’t take that to heart. I can not tell you how many heartbroken pet parents I’ve comforted at the end of their pet’s life. I can not tell you how many times I’ve heard the regretful phrases uttered through tears: If only we hadn’t waited to bring him in, if only we’d gotten that vaccine, medication, test… if only. It is always, ALWAYS more cost-effective to invest the money into preventive care than to try to play catch up when disease takes over.

Think about your car: You follow the manufacturer or mechanic’s recommended maintenance schedule and get your tires rotated, fluids filled, wipers replaced, brakes checked, and oil changed, all to properly maintain and extend the life of the vehicle. You invested a lot of money into that vehicle, you trust it to take you and your family to work, school, dance class, soccer practice, vacation in the mountains or on the beach, so you want to make sure it’s in good shape to keep up with the demands placed on it. Would you let the tires go bald, or the oil run dry? Probably not, because you need your car to run and perform safely.

Now think about your pet: You got a dog, or a cat, and you now have a new family member to bond with for years to come. You go to the vet and start taking care of vaccinations, flea/tick and heartworm preventatives, and start training. Hopefully you’ve started looking into pet health insurance as well — check out my blog to see why that’s important too! Maybe you rescued your pet or maybe you paid a lot of money to a breeder — either way, all these vet visits add up and the initial expense is pretty high. Do you put off or decide not to go through with spaying or neutering your pet and risk pregnancy, increased cancer risk, and behavior problems? Do you ignore the vomiting, itching, or goopy eye? Hopefully not, because all of these things, although seemingly minor, can quickly turn into major issues threatening the life of your new pet.

Our pets only get but so many years with us. It’s our responsibility to help them get the most out of those precious years, and the love we receive in return is the greatest reward.