When it comes to your pet’s well-being, taking them to the veterinarian at least once a year is just as important as providing them with food and love. It’s all in the preventive measures you take that will ultimately determine your pet’s lifestyle. So, don’t take any chances! Call your veterinarian today to set up an appointment if it’s been a while.
Why Does My Pet Need Regular Checkups?
It is every veterinarian’s goal, and should be every pet owner’s goal, to keep pets happy and healthy. And, it’s so simple! We can all work together to help reduce the rate of preventable diseases among cats and dogs simply by scheduling regular, once-a-year veterinary checkups. This simple act can significantly reduce numbers in pet obesity, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, arthritis, and other life-shortening conditions among America’s pets.
A yearly checkup is the best way to keep your pet as healthy as possible. Remember, it’s much easy to prevent disease than to treat it. Yet, many pet owners get too busy or simply skip their pet’s annual checkup without a second thought. But, it is absolutely essential for pet owners to never neglect annual checkups. Because, you see, only veterinarians have the necessary training to properly identify and treat preventable diseases and conditions that you, as the owner, might never pick up on. Regular checkups are the only way to help ensure that your pet lives a happier and healthier life.
Questions to Ask Your Veterinarian
Once you’ve set up your pet’s annual checkup, it’s important to know just what to ask during your veterinarian appointment so that both you, and your vet, can get a better sense of exactly where your pet’s health stands. Some questions that you should always ask to keep your furry loved ones happy and healthy, include:
- Is my pet the right weight? How much should my pet weigh?
- Should I make any changes to my pet’s diet?
- What vaccinations does my pet need?
- Does my pet need a dental cleaning?
- Does my pet need any special tests (e.g. blood tests, urinalysis, etc.)?
- What’s the best way to deal with fleas and ticks?
- How much physical activity should my pet be getting?
- What signs of aging should I look out for?
- What physical and behavioral changes should I watch for?
- What can I do to keep my pet in good health?
If you have any specific questions or concerns about your pet’s health, give your veterinarian a call straight away, or ask during your office visit.
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The goal of annual examinations is to prevent illness and disease and to catch medical issues as early as possible. The earlier diseases are discovered the better your pet’s odds are for successful treatment. So, don’t wait until it’s too late! Because if you wait until you start to see the signs of an underlying problem, it may be too late.
If your pet hasn’t been to the veterinarian in a while, call and schedule an appointment today, and keep your pet living their happiest, healthiest life.