As a good pet owner, you must be keeping a close eye on your dog’s health; you’ll exercise your dog regularly and when you go away, you’ll look for trustworthy pet sitting services. However, you need to book an appointment every year with the vet to make sure that your dog gets a thorough check-up. The vet will spot any potential issues and treat them before they become serious. Here are the reasons for booking regular vet check-ups for your dog.
General Dog Health
When your dog is ill or injured, you will take him to the vet. During these appointments, the vet will only focus on the reason why your dog is ill or injured. Check-ups are mostly holistic allowing you to detect any changes in your dog’s overall health. Your vet should see your dog at least once every year. However, as he gets older, your dog will require special needs medically.
Regular visits to the vet will prevent any serious issues before they become worse. Don’t skip the appointment just because your dog appears healthy and fit. The vet will do a thorough physical check-up by listening to their lungs and heart. Also, the vet will run hands over your dog’s abdomen to look for any unusual signs. Next, the vet will check the skin/coat, the ears and eyes and also scan the microchip to make sure everything is working as required.
As from 2016, microchipping is mandatory for any pets in the UK. It is also very important. You should get it when your dog is still a puppy right before you start taking him out for walks. If you haven’t microchipped your dog yet, you should do it immediately. The procedure is pain-free. Even better, if your dog decides to wander off, you can always get him back safe and sound.
Your vet should send a reminder when your dog’s vaccinations should be done. Even better, the vet can provide a schedule to make sure you are up to date. The timing depends on the vaccination required but usually includes the following:
• Bordetella (Kennel cough)
Are you planning to take your dog abroad? Make sure he has rabies vaccination since it’s part of the pet passport requirements.
Fleas, Ticks and Worms
You need to catch fleas, ticks and worms before they lead to serious illnesses. You should know that fleas can live all year round in your garden and home as larvae. On the other hand, ticks can transmit bad diseases to your pets. Your vet will give you the best advice about preventing ticks and fleas. Also, you should get information on how to avoid roundworms, tapeworms and lungworms. That way, you can always ensure that your pet is in the best health all-year-round.
Behaviour Treatment and Prevention
The annual vet check-up is the best opportunity to discuss any unsociable or unusual behaviour your dog might be displaying. These behaviours include chewing shoes, biting, barking or many more. They can be managed if caught in the early stages. However, your vet will offer useful tips to prevent such behaviours. Even better, they can refer you to a good behaviourist for the best results. If your dog is still young, the vet can refer you to the best puppy training classes near you.
If you want your beloved pet to remain clean and healthy, don’t skimp on the yearly visit to the vet. Set your calendar and make sure your dog gets the best health advice.