Here are five reasons to schedule regular wellness check-ups for your dog.
Five Reasons to Schedule Regular Wellness Visits
We recommend annual or biannual wellness checkups. If you have a young pet, an older pet, or one with existing health concerns, it is helpful to schedule more frequent visits to keep on top of any issues. Besides the fact that you love your furry friend, there are several important reasons to take your dog in for regular wellness visits:
1) Wellness checkups ensure your dog gets its vaccines
Your canine companion needs the proper vaccines to live a healthy and happy life. For puppies, you need to go to the vet every 3 to 4 weeks till they are at least 16 weeks old. As they get older, they will come to see us at least annually or biannually. At that point, they will need preventative medication for heartworms, parasites, zoonotic diseases, and other more.
2) Wellness checkups help make sure your dog is ready for physical activity
This is a beautiful area in which to go hiking and exploring with your dog. However, before you hit the trail, a wellness check can help determine how much physical activity your furry friend can handle. Your vet will tell you how much your dog can do, help you determine how far they can go, and make sure you do not take on too much too soon.
3) Wellness checkups identify potential issues with your dog's health
One of the most important parts of a wellness checkup is the opportunity for your veterinarian to identify potential health issues. Your trusted veterinarian will ask questions about your dog’s eating habits, bathrooms, energy, and behavior to help determine how healthy your canine is and what if any potential problems you may face. They will also examine your dog’s eyes, nose, coat, limbs, joints, and muscles. There are issues that may not be obvious to you, but your vet will help make sure your dog is healthy and happy.
4) Wellness checkups provide dental care for your dogs
One of the most important parts of your dog’s health and wellness is the condition of their teeth. If your furry friend has pain or problems with its chompers, it can lead to poor eating habits, weight loss, and sickness. Your trusted veterinarian can help make sure your pet’s teeth and in excellent condition, so they can eat properly and not be intolerably stinky. Wellness checkups are key to keeping your dog’s teeth in great shape.
5) Wellness checkups ensure your dog is eating well
You may not have noticed a change in the amount of food in your dog’s diet. It is easy for your puppy to eat a little less or a slight amount more each day without it changing your process. It is also possible to miss changes in their stool that indicate issues with their diet. When your dog is eating poorly, it can be indicative of sickness, heartworms, or parasites. Your veterinarian can help make sure your dog’s diet is healthy, they are eating the right foods and your friend is as happy as possible.
If you are new to the area or you are searching for a new veterinarian for your dog or pet or, Avery Creek Pet Hospital is here to help. We welcome many very family members into our office and care for them as with our own pets and family. To schedule your dog’s wellness visit you can fill out the form on our website, or contact us. We want to make sure your pets are as healthy and happy as possible.