Among the many reasons, regular health assessments ensure that your dog’s vaccinations are updated. From ensuring that you maintain a record of your dog’s weight to helping with the unthinkable prospect of pet cremation, your vet can help eliminate any concerns about your dog’s health.
General Dog Health
While you may be a regular at the veterinary’s office whenever your canine is sick or injured, such visits only focus on a particular health issue. On the other hand, regular check-ups are all-inclusive and give the vet a window of detecting any unnoticeable changes in the overall health of your pet.
Preferably, your vet should inspect your dog’s health at least once a year, or more frequently as they age or if they have any special medical conditions. Such regular visits are essential to the ‘prevention is better than cure’ approach; so, don’t overlook scheduling that appointment with your vet just because your dog looks healthy and fit. Your vet will inspect your dog’s overall condition, including listening to their lungs and heart, feeling their abdomen to check for any uncommon symptoms, checking the skin/coat, inspecting the eyes and ears for any problem, and scanning their chip to find out if it’s working perfectly.
Another benefit of these yearly check-ups is to familiarise your dog with the vets’ visits even when they are okay. If they only visit the vet when ill or hurt, they can easily get nervous whenever they see the vet since they associate these visits with pain and stressful experiences. As such, it is always good to frequently show up at your vet’s office with your dog even if you don’t have an appointment. Vet nurses and other staff will appreciate cuddling your dog, which creates a bond and a positive experience for your four-legged friend.
To help you keep updated, your vet ought to remind you when your dog’s vaccinations are due or ensure that you have a puppy vaccination schedule. The timing is based on the vaccination needed and could include: distemper, adenovirus, leptospirosis, parvovirus, Bordetella (kennel cough), and parainfluenza. Planning to take your dog abroad with you? You would also require a rabies vaccination as part of the ‘Pet Passport’ system. For more insights on taking your dog abroad, feel free to travel with your dog through our article.
Fleas, Ticks, and Worms
The control of fleas, ticks, and worms also calls for prevention rather than cure. Keep in mind that fleas, or even their larvae, can linger in your home or garden all year round and transit bad diseases. Your vet can advise you on a suitable flea and tick prevention method and how to keep tapeworms, roundworms, and even lungworms at bay. You can find more information by reading our page on treating fleas, ticks, and other parasites on your dog.
Behaviour Treatment and Prevention
Your dog’s yearly assessment should present an opportunity to talk about any unsociable or rare behaviour your dog could be displaying, including biting, excessive barking, or chewing on shoes when you’re not watching. If observed early enough, such behaviour can be managed. Your vet may offer essential tips on behaviour management or refer you to a qualified behaviourist. For the case of a puppy, your vet may also recommend helpful puppy training lessons in an area of your convenience.
With frequent check-ups and a portion of their favourite food, your dog is guaranteed a healthy, long, fulfilling life with you.