From our previous post, we discussed the Importance of Annual Veterinary Visit for cats and dogs. Taking your pet to the vet is the best love you can give. With the guidance from your vet, it helps identify an illness that can be a threat to your pet’s health. Being consistent with your pets’ checkups are vital to keep them healthy and happy.
Early detection of health issues means more effective and potentially less costly treatments. According to American Pet Products Association’s National Pet Owner Survey for 2013-14, emergency and illness visits are more expensive by $50-200. Also, it is alarming to know from the survey that 26% of dog owners and 17% of cat owners don’t visit the vet until their pet is sick and 28% of cat owners had not visited the vet for the past 12 months.
Both cats and dogs have the same needs and benefits from an annual vet visit.
“Dogs and cats age much faster than us, so missing even one yearly appointment could be like you not visiting your doctor for over 5 years!”
from Friendship Tails blog by Dr. Ashley Gallagher, vet at the Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington D.C.,
Proper Pet Preventive Care does not end with a vet visit.
What you do as a pet parent is vital.
Establishing a good grooming and exercise routine is very important. Also, what you feed your pets have a tremendous effect on their overall health. Pet obesity is a growing epidemic. Choosing the right amount of quality food and treats are the most important ways to help your pet achieve a healthy weight. Pets give us so much joy, its our obligation as pet parents to give back as much as possible: Help your Pet to Live a Longer, Happy and Healthier Life
As your pet ages, an annual vet wellness exam may not be enough. An aging pet might require a vet visit every six months or three months. At all times, it is important that you keep an eye on your pet’s behavior. As you notice any signs of your pet being “off” or exhibiting odd behaviors, a veterinary visit is a must. Keep in mind, many dogs and most cats are relatively stoic. So far, Sugar had already four vet visits (including two surgical procedures) and we have a scheduled vet visit in late October. As a pet parent, I am very happy with the relationship I’ve established with Sugar’s vet. Developing a good relationship with your vet is vital for both you and your pet.
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