How Often Should Your Pet Attend the Vet?

As with humans, early detection of diseases, as well as how quickly your pet is treated, will determine the overall health and wellness of your pet. As we know with our motor vehicle, sometimes small problems if left unchecked can become larger and more expensive problems as time goes on. It is the same with our pets, signs of illness can begin with something small, which could be prevented from becoming much bigger and more debilitating to your pet’s health over time. Regular check-ups with a vet will enable you to detect diseases early so that you can seek treatment if necessary.

Early Treatment for Disease

Every one year of human life, is equal to 6 or 7 years of your pet’s life. As we know, a lot can happen in seven years, so depending on the age of your pet and what breed it is, so Durack Pet Motel advises for your pet to have a physical examination with a trained professional at least every 12 months. Different breeds of pets have different needs in terms of diet, nutrition, and lifestyle so getting as much information as you can about your pet’s health will assist you in giving it the best life possible.

What Happens at a Check Up?

During your pets visit with the veterinary professional they will do a number of different tests to ascertain its physical well-being. This will include a heartworm blood test and blood profile, blood pressure evaluation and radiographs for early detection of disease as well as a fecal examination. During the check-up, the vet will check whether your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and it is encouraged to have these updated if needed at this time.

Preventative Care

The earlier you are able to treat diseases, the quicker your pet can get back to optimal health, but preventing them from occurring is definitely the better option, saving your pet from stress and pain. During your regular visits with the veterinary professionals, they can also advise of measures that will keep your pet as healthy as possible along the way.

As with human diabetes, a glucose blood test can detect diabetes early. This can be corrected with changes to diet but, if left unmanaged, it can lead to other more serious diseases including those affecting the liver, pancreas and kidneys. Additionally, keeping your ‘finger on the pulse’ of your pet’s health will allow the vet to follow its history and be aware of changes in its overall health and wellness.