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Answers from vets about your dog:

5 Common Dog-Health Myths

Posted June 04, 2014 in A Vet's Life

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Myth #1 - You can save money by skipping annual exams

Reality: The reality is that preventive care can save you money in the long run. During an annual examination your veterinarian will check your dog for subtle signs of illness and also make sure your dog is protected against preventable diseases.

For example, it’s far more cost effective to vaccinate your dog against parvovirus than to risk having him be infected by it. Parvovirus can cost hundreds of dollars to treat and preventing this deadly disease can save you that money (not to mention saving you from the pain and stress).

In general, it’s not only cheaper to treat diseases early than to wait until they become more advanced, but also better for your dog’s prognosis. By spending money on preventive healthcare upfront, you are more likely to avoid big costs and lots of stress and heartache down the road.

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Ruth has more than 15 years of experience in the veterinary industry as a companion animal veterinarian in private practice. Along with being a writer and media personality, she is also a founding member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.