Veterinary Preventive Care | Highway Veterinary Hospital in Bowie, MD
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Continuity of Care

golden puppyAll pets require ongoing preventive care through every stage of their lives. Continuous veterinary preventive care is essential to enhancing the longevity and quality of pet health. Each dog and cat of the Highway Vet Family, from adolescence to their golden years, is given a tailored preventive care program that develops as your pet ages. Highway Veterinary Hospital is equipped with the latest diagnostic technology and staffed by dedicated veterinarians and team members, but our mission is to provide more than the clinical definition of a healthy pet. Our practice is well-known for the close connections we develop with pets and owners alike. While the quality of care is paramount, an appointment with a Highway Vet health care team member feels more like a trip to visit family or friends: fun, warm, and personally invested.

Preventive Care Services

dog kissing girlThe tenor and goals of each preventive care program evolves along with the patient’s age and lifestyle. There are some core components of preventive medicine that we universally apply to all pets. All preventive care programs are intended to detect changes or abnormalities early. The sooner that these are detected, the sooner we can determine the causes and mitigate their effects.

Puppies & Kittens
(0–2 Years Old)

dog playing with toyPreventive care for young pets begins the moment they join your family. Bring your puppy or kitten in for an extended first preventive care visit and get one-on-one guidance about vaccinations schedules, insect and parasite prevention, behavior training, and nutrition. We will also discuss the many benefits of spaying or neutering and microchipping your puppy or kitten. Young pets need more frequent visits while they receive their first sets of vaccinations and we use these appointments as an opportunity to build communication between the pets, owners, and our health care team.

Adult Pets
(2–7 Years Old)

Adult pets should receive regular preventive care exams to boost their vaccinations, acquire additional heartworm, flea, and tick prevention, receive a dental exam, and be tested for heartworms and intestinal parasites. Our optional healthy pet profile blood screenings acquire your pet’s baseline values to use as a reference if your pet ever is sick, or to use for comparison at future preventive care exam visits.

Senior Pets
(Ages 7 & Older)

Regular preventive care exams are especially valuable to senior pets. As with humans, the risk of pet health complications increases with age to include arthritis, diabetes, and cancer. Our senior healthy pet profile is the next more thorough diagnostic screening that includes all the tests of the healthy pet profile with the addition of thyroid tests, urinalysis, and an ECG. We strongly believe in a good quality of life for our patients. We also support our clients through the difficult discussion regarding end-of-life care.

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Pet’s Age Cat Dog (in Pounds)
0–20 21–50 51–90 >90
5 36 36 37 40 42
6 40 40 42 45 49
7 44 44 47 50 56
8 48 48 51 55 64
9 52 52 56 61 71
10 56 56 60 66 78
11 60 60 65 71 86
12 64 64 69 77 93
13 68 68 69 77 93
14 72 72 78 88 108
15 76 76 83 93 115
16 80 80 87 99 123
17 84 84 92 104
18 88 88 96 109
19 92 92 101 115
20 96 96 105 120

Senior Geriatric

dog standing on hind legs