Know When to Take Your Pet to the Vet
Your pet is your treasured companion, or maybe even your best friend. Nothing beats coming home to a warm, furry friend that is always happy to see you. He is there for you with unlimited love and devotion, and you are there for him with food, shelter, exercise and when necessary, medical attention. If you’ve been a pet owner for very long, you’re probably aware that you occasionally need to take your pet to the vet. How do you know when it’s time for a vet visit?
If you’ve recently acquired a new pet it is a good idea to schedule a wellness check at your veterinary clinic. Very young animals, such as puppies and kittens that are under the age of three months, are especially in need of a checkup. Ask the vet to give your pet a thorough examination, checking the eyes, ears, teeth, heart and abdomen in particular. Many young animals come with unwanted parasites, both internal and external, and if so you’ll want to get those taken care of right away. Young pets also need to get started on a series of vaccinations, which will require more than one visit.
Once your pet is mature, you’ll want to bring it to the vet for an annual checkup. If you have any concerns about your pet’s health and happiness now is the time to bring it up. Maybe you need tips on potty training, where to find a great trainer or how to find the best boarding kennel. Your vet should be able to answer these types of questions as well.
Your senior pet may need to see the veterinarian more frequently. Chronic ailments such as arthritis and skin disease should be looked at more than once per year, in order for the doctor to be sure the animal’s symptoms are under control. Acute conditions like kidney disease and cancerous tumors will need to be monitored closely and will require frequent checkups. If your pet is at this stage of life, plan on having a close client/doctor relationship with your veterinarian.
Any time your pet is sick or injured you need to take him to the veterinary clinic. Worrisome symptoms include lethargy, loss of appetite, drinking too much water, limping or dragging a paw and anything else that seems out of the ordinary for your pet.
As your pet’s caretaker, you’ll want to be sure to take the best care possible of him. Make time to get to know your vet before an emergency arises. Visit this website for more information about a veterinary clinic in Morgan Hill.
Nancy has a deep love of animals and talks and writes about them regularly. She is a huge animal rights advocate. Read her thoughts at Livejournal blog.
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