Do you skip those regular wellness examinations for you pet because of being low on funds or because you just don’t have the time to take your pet to the vets? Understanding how important regular veterinarian care is to the health of your pet may have you thinking differently about this matter.
Our pets age faster than we humans do so to keep them healthy and living longer as they age it is important to monitor how well they are aging. Pets are at higher risk for disease including dental disease the older they become. A vet can identify a problem when there may still be time to treat it if your pet is brought in for regular checkups.
Think of a wellness examination as preventative medicine. Keeping those appointments just may prevent your pet from experiencing unnecessary pain and discomfort later on. Preventative checkups can also increase the length and the quality of your pet’s life by reducing the severity of disease and by catching and treating any problems early.
During regular visits your vet can ask about diet, exercise and behavior of your pet to understand what needs your pet may have and how to improve the quality of life for your pet.
Did you know that larger dogs age faster than smaller breed dogs? If you have a large dog, it is vital that you keep regular vet appointments if the dog is more than 6 years of age and heavier than 40 pounds. At a wellness check the vet may give a dog blood tests, a fecal examination, check the urine, do a parasite check and give any needed vaccinations. A dental examination will also be done at this checkup to check for dental disease or problems. The vet will also examine the pet for any signs of arthritis, hypertension or glaucoma to help maintain your pet’s good health.
Many diseases that years ago used to claim the lives of our pets can now be treated if the pet is examined early enough in the course of the disease. Wellness checks catch diseases early on if the pet owner brings the pet in on a regular basis.
Pets, especially cats and dogs are very good at hiding the fact that they are sick so you can’t always wait for your pet to show signs of sickness. Typically by the time your pet is acting ill the disease has progressed to the point where treatment may not be enough to save the pet. Most diseases need to be caught while the pet is still asymptomatic (without symptoms) in order for treatment to be effective.
Owners who love and care for their pets need to take the time to make and keep regular wellness appointments for their pets. If money is an issue contact your local animal humane society for special discounts that local vets may give to low-income families. Often vets will give free clinics or free vaccinations in difficult economic times.