Margaret C. Saiki, D.V.M.,
Over 20 Years of Experience!
Former Medical Director
of major emergency clinic
Home Services Preventive Medicine

Preventive Medicine


Margaret Saiki


Did you know that dogs and especially cats are very good at masking pain and illness?

It is the instinctual nature of these species to limit the signs of pain, illness, and disease. In the wild showing weakness attracts the attention of predators. Therefore, it is a natural survival mechanism to appear as normal as possible. If we add the obvious fact that dogs and cats do not talk and can't communicate their problems, detecting illness is made all the more difficult.

This is the reason routine exams by a trained professional is important in maintaining your pets over all health and wellness.

Examination of our Nation's Pet Health Status Highlights a Population at Risk

A recent study showed that there is an increase in prevalence of preventable disease in the last decade. (Banfield Pet Hospital State of Pet Health 2011, Report Vol. 1). Experts agree that the decrease in regular veterinary visits can be linked. According to a AVMA 2006 survey: There was a 21% decrease in the number of visits since 2001 in the dog and 30% decrease in cats. This is in spite of an increasing pet population estimated at 3-5%.

  • Dental disease is the biggest problem for most pets with 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over the age of 3 showing some form of dental disease. There has been a 12.3% increase since 2006.
  • Diabetes is on the rise increasing 16% in the cat and 32% in the dog.
  • Ear infections increased 34% in cats and 9.4% in dogs.
  • Interestingly fleas infestation is up 16% over all, despite the advent of newer and newer systemic products which have changed the face of flea control.
  • Obesity is on the rise. Obesity is in the top five diagnoses for dogs and top three in cats.


What is the solution?

Awareness and education. More an more pet owners need to become aware that pets especially cats are masters of masking disease. That routine exams are important in preventing problems or managing problem detected in there early stages.

A veterinary house call visit can be the solution for the greater than 23% who state that they do not take their pets to the animal clinic because it is too stressful the pet and themselves.

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