It’s no secret that your pet’s health is incredibly important. However, it can be hard to know how often you should take your pet to the vet. Although it depends on what type of animal your pet is and if it has any health conditions, a good general rule of thumb is to take your dog or cat to the vet for an annual checkup!
Taking your pet to the vet at least once every year ensures that an experienced veterinarian examines and diagnoses any existing or new health conditions that your pet may have. With a proper diagnosis, you can seek adequate care for your pet to ensure its longevity and companionship for the future.
Two important things to consider when determining how often you should take your pet to the vet include:
How Old Is Your Pet?
If your pet is over 10 years old, an annual checkup may not suffice. Try taking your pet to the vet every 6 months if it’s in its later years, as it is more susceptible to ailments that ought to be treated. Additionally, if your pet is under a year old, it may need to go to the vet more than once a year to get any necessary vaccines.
Signs Of Illness
Do you notice any signs of illness? Any appetite or weight loss? Rapid, unexplainable weight gain? It should go without saying that if your pet is displaying signs of illness, off to the vet it should go! Be proactive and visit your local veterinarian if you believe you’re observing your pet’s health declining. You won’t regret being proactive if something may be life-threatening!
At the end of the day, you’ll rarely, if ever, regret taking your pet to the vet to ensure its longevity and that any existing health conditions or diseases are nipped in the bud before they spiral out of control.
Schedule a checkup at Caudle Vet Clinic today by calling (615) 227-6230! Here at Caudle Vet Clinic, our staff has years of medical and technical experience, and our state-of-the-art technology allows us to care for your pet’s health as if it was our own. We look forward to caring for your pet!