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As doctors, we tend to think of preventative medicine in a very concrete way. It's the underlying mantra behind our recommendation for routine physical exams, lab work, imaging tests, and screening tests. We want to perform these check-ups when patients are well in order to detect risk factors prior to the development of significant disease. Credit: Getty Creative There's a great deal of evidence to support the benefit of preventative medicine for people. One study indicated that over half of the deaths in the United States in the year 2000 were due to preventable "behaviors and exposures." This included deaths from cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, unintentional injurie...

As responsible cat owners, we all know (or should know) that regular veterinary examinations are a necessity for keeping our cats healthy. However, according to the most recent U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics information released by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 9.6% of cat owners do not take their cat to the veterinarian at all and 27.1% visit a veterinarian only when their cat is sick. According to AVMA estimates, that amounts to 20 million cats that only see a veterinarian if they are sick. In the same AVMA survey, only 75% of cat owners indicated that routine check-ups are either very or somewhat important for their cat. That compares to 90% of dog owners. The...

What to Do When Your Pet's in Pain

By Arden Moore You hear your cat's cry of pain or see your aging dog limp to the food dish, and your heart hurts. Witnessing pets in pain can leave owners feeling frustrated and powerless. But recent medical advances are giving vets more insight into the detection and treatment of animal pain, affording owners more control…

12 Home Remedies for Pets

Not every medical issue your pet suffers from requires expensive medication. There are already items in your home that can help treat your dog or cat's everyday maladies. We'll tell you what home treatments you may have readily at hand. But always, always consult your vet before you administer a new food, supplement or…

Ten Questions to Ask a New Vet

Finding the right veterinarian to care for your pets can be difficult. Just like choosing a physician for yourself, the process should result in discovering the right mix of education, experience, and personality. RELATED: Soothe Your Pet's Seasonal Allergies Before meeting with a potential new vet, arm yourself with knowledge. Read the information on the veter inary practice's website. Search the web for testimonials. Locate the vet's Facebook or Twitter page, if they have one, and see what their clients are saying. And be sure to note any red flags. Schedule an informational meeting to learn about both the vet and the practice, and take your pet to the first meeting -- not for a...