“Prevention is better than cure.” That is our motto for today’s article.
Let me explain the title, I wasn’t talking about the romantic sort but instead the planning schedule for taking your pet into the veterinarian.
People, like you and I, have to go to the doctor once or twice a year to have our overall health check up. It isn’t any different for our pets.
Veterinary care is critical to a dog’s well-being.
Here are a few things you want to check on why you really can’t miss that date:
- Vaccination status
- Parasite control for intestinal parasites, fleas, ticks, mites, and heartworms
- Dental health – It may be a tiny part of your pet’s body but if mistreated and neglected it can cause major infections and diseases
- Ears and Eyes – For more medical cleaning, irritations or discomfort
- Stomach and intestines –for obstructions, or infections
- Breathing – for wheezing or unnecessary winded feeling
- Behavior – Attitude change or barking accidents
- Feet and legs –
- Coat and skin –
- Urogenital – any discharges, heats, changes in mammary glands, urination difficulties or changes, neutering if it has not already been performed yet
- Blood tests – especially for those with medical problems, and those who are receiving medications
Kitten or Puppy: Birth to 1 Year
You need to bring your puppy for vaccines every 3 to 4 weeks until he's 16 weeks old.
Dogs will get shots for rabies, distemper-parvo, and other diseases.
Other than that they may need shots against health woes such as kennel cough, influenza, and Lyme disease.
Cat, on the other hand, need shots for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. They also get vaccinations that cover several conditions.
Sometimes your pet will also start heartworm and flea- and tick-prevention medications, if they’re recommended for your area.
The vet also checks signs of illness or even minor things like training, nutrition, and behavior.
Adult: 1 to 7-10 Years (Depending on Type of Pet and Breed)
Unlike puppies this age you only need to go to the vet once or twice a yes.
The doc will give your pet a head-to-tail physical.
After the Doc. has given an examination, they will check for problems and give you advice if there are illnesses
Distemper-parvo and rabies booster shots are for the first yearly check ups the next one is every three years also it depends on the state law.
If your pet has shots for the puppy years your adult years wouldn’t have many medical problems, which is great!
Four Signs That You Need To Go To The VET!
If your dog’s appetite has diminished relative to normal, your dog is sick. “He’s just tired of his dog food” almost never applies!
If your cat has lost weight, see the vet immediately.
If your dog or cat seems less active than usual, lethargic, or depressed; is lying around more; or is less interactive, it’s time for a vet visit.
If your dog or cat is vomiting or has diarrhea or loose stools, go to the vet.
I know, the VET, the dog, and cat shots are very expensive. But you see, you and I took this path to take care of these magnificent animals right? Why not take an extra mile for them? Don't you do that for the people you love?
I always think I would regret so-called wasting money on medical bills. But then I see my pets healthy and active. Then I'd realize it was all worth it, to see my lovable pets happy and free of illness.