Like humans, pets need regular check-ups as a preventative measure against illness and disease. How else would one know about feline leukemia, kidney failure, distemper, and parvovirus and the steps to take to keep their furry friends safe from harm? Scheduling monthly and yearly check-ups is the responsibility of every pet owner. With the American Pet Products Association (APPA) study findings reporting that the number of U.S. households with a pet has steadily increased by over ten million in recent years, it only makes sense to visit the topic of good health once again.
Here are five reasons your pet should be seen by a veterinarian regularly:
1. To determine if they have dermatological problems. PetMD reports that grain-based diets of poor quality often lead to skin and coat problems with dogs. To prevent hot spots and other skin infections, your veterinarian may recommend a mega fatty acid supplement in either liquid or capsule form. Sprinkle it over your pet’s food daily to keep itching and scratching minimal.
2. To check their hearing. The ear canal is where infections start so it isn’t unusual for the vet to check your dog or cat’s ears during check-ups. This helps identify problems such as diseases that lead to hearing loss. The veterinarian will demonstrate how to clean your pet’s ears at home and how to administer ear drops or other medication if infection does exist.
3. To see if they suffer from allergies. Chronic itching and scratching often indicates the presence of some type of allergy. The vet will check your pet’s skin for redness, rash, and evidence of parasites. They’ll either prescribe your dog or cat oral medication or some type of topical cream to treat the allergy. You’ll also need to schedule a follow-up visit so the animal doctor is able to monitor the healing process for your pet.
4. To check their heart and other organs. A veterinarian uses a stethoscope to listen to the heartbeat for irregularities. They also do a thorough examine of the abdomen and other organs to make sure they are functioning optimally. Things like bladder stones and pregnancy are detected through regular examination.
5. To see if their teeth and gums are healthy. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) states that nearly two-thirds of pet owners do not follow veterinarian advice and provide dental care for their pets. Routine examinations of the teeth and gums help fight periodontal disease, remove plaque and tartar build-up, and look for oral tumors. Regular cleanings protect your pet’s teeth and make your furry friends feel good, too.
Just like people, pets are seen by doctors who help prolong their lives by fighting illness and disease while educating pet owners. Knowing how to properly care for your pet ensures that you’ll live a long life together side by side. Regular evaluations by a trusted veterinarian are not just recommended, they’re a necessary part of pet ownership.