The Importance Of Regular Vet Check-Ups For Your Pets
Most pet owners only take their pet to the vet when he or she is feeling sick, or when something has happened. However, keeping up on routine vet visits is important for your pet’s overall health. Just like humans, pets need a general check-up too.
Why Are Routine Vet Visits So Important?
Some pet owners think that there is no reason why they should take their pet to the vet unless he or she has something wrong, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Routine visits help vets determine how your pet is progressing through life and may also pick up on any underlying conditions your pet may be afflicted with later on. If your dog or cat has a serious issue that you aren’t aware of, your veterinarian can usually spot the problem and either correct it, or slow the condition down. That is why taking your pet for a general check-up is important.
What To Expect At The Routine Vet Visit
Much like a human physical exam, the vet will ask you a few questions about your dog’s overall eating and lifestyle habits (hopefully your pet does not do drugs or drink. They’ll also take a few measurements including their weight and check their pulse.
The sight of happy, ecstatic, and healthy four-legged partners is what every passionate pet owner expects. If you have a furry friend at home, it would be imperative to ensure good health for it. A majority of pet owners aren’t aware of the significance of routine checkups. Most of them take their pets to veterinarians after they develop health issues. However, routine health checkups and regular vet visits can keep quite a few health disorders at bay. Here’s a quick overview on the importance of regular health examinations for your furry companions:
Checking Vaccination Updates
Vaccinations are not only crucial for your pets but are also imperative for the other creatures at home. If you are amongst those ardent animal lovers who love to pet quite a few of them, you will surely want to ensure good health and safe life for all your pets.
Keeping your pet vaccinated will be a significant step towards ensuring good health as well as overall well-being. Vets across the globe are promoting the significance of vaccines for older cats and dogs along with kittens and puppies. If you want to offer a healthy and sound life to your pets, make sure you keep a tab on the vaccination dates.
Fleas, Ticks And Worms
Another situation where prevention is better than cure is the control of fleas, ticks and worms. Remember that fleas, or at least their larvae, can live year-round in your home and garden and ticks can transmit nasty diseases. Your vet can advise you on flea and tick prevention as well as how you can avoid tape and roundworm and, if necessary, lungworm. Our page on treating ticks, fleas and other parasites on your dog can give you more in-depth information.
Ear Infections And Skin Allergies
Allergic disorders and skin eruptions can be potential problems for pets. Most of the cats and dogs are found suffering from this particular condition. Both these issues complement each other as skin allergies can lead to infections in the ears of your four-legged friend. Some of the pets experience excessive hair growth in and around the area of their ears. The moisture and warmth of the place offers the perfect breeding ground for yeasts.
Behaviour Treatment And Prevention
Use your dog’s annual assessment as an opportunity to discuss any unusual or unsociable behavior your dog’s displaying like excessive barking, biting or chewing your shoes the minute your back is turned. These can usually be managed if they’re caught in the early stages. Your vet may be able to offer you some useful tips or refer you to a trained behaviorist. If your dog is still a puppy, your vet may also be able to tell you about reputable puppy training classes in the area that you can join.
Your vet will also have a good look at your dog’s teeth to decide whether or not they need cleaning and, if so, when. Dental care is particularly important in older dogs as dental disease can not only cause pain but could also lead to problems with their internal organs thanks to the nasty bacteria the diseases can create. This dental check is also a good time to discuss your home teeth cleaning routine with your vet.
Weight And Body Condition
Sadly, obesity is an all-too common problem in dogs, so take the opportunity to weigh your dog on the vet’s scales as often as you can, and keep a close eye on your furry friend’s body condition by assessing them at home. If your dog is overweight, there’s plenty you can do to help. For example, talk to your vet about a diet and exercise plan or find out if your veterinary practice runs a weight loss scheme. Equally you don’t want your dog to be underweight so, if your dog has lost weight since they were last weighed, discuss this with your vet as it could be a sign of a health problem.