October is National Animal Safety and Protection Month. One of the best ways to protect your pet’s health is through routine preventative care. Annual visits to your veterinarian are an important component to your pet’s preventative care because they allow your vet to assess your pet’s overall health and catch any preventable conditions before they become serious. Conditions like periodontal disease, if caught early on, can be treated and maintained.

However, if pets don’t have regular veterinary visits, these health issues can progress into serious or life threatening conditions. Routine vet visits are only part of a preventative care plan. Establishing daily care routines with your pet, such as home dental care, exercise habits, and enrichment activities help improve your pet’s health and their quality of life.