How Many Vet Visits Do Your Pets Need?
Having a pet is not only a delight but also a big responsibility. As they can’t express their pains, discomfort, or troubles clearly, you have to take them for regular checkups to the vet to ensure everything’s fine. And this holds for both your canine and feline companions. Unlike humans, they won’t be able to express their sickness or pains that require urgent medical attention.
So, how many times should you take your pets to the vet clinic? Let’s discuss this in detail.
At the infant stage (1-12 months)
When your furry friends are still infants, or a little older than that, you need to take them to the clinic to get vaccines for rabies, kennel cough, influenza, distemper-parvo, Lyme disease, feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency disorders and more. They will also need flea and tick preventive medications at this stage, both for kitties and puppies.
When you take them to the vet, they will be tested and observed for any signs of illness, which is common in young canines or felines. The vet will also test socialization skills and see if the pups are growing well. Hence, at the younger stage, you may need to bring your pets to the vet at least once in 4 weeks for these necessary diagnoses and treatments.
After 1 year
When your pets grow older, the frequency of vet visits will get reduced and may even become yearly checkups for vaccinations and other diagnoses. During this checkup, your furry friends will have to undergo certain physical examinations to understand if anything’s wrong with them and if so, take necessary steps for proper treatment immediately.
Based on the results of the initial tests, the vet may also recommend some other tests, which you need to get done quickly. But the kitties are not tested generally, as their results are confusing and difficult to interpret. If there is any pressing issue, like obesity or any behavioral disorder, the vet looks into the matter carefully to diagnose the problem.
However, the vaccine boosters for worms, rabies, and other diseases are given throughout the life of your pet at regular intervals, as suggested by the vet. This apart, if your pet is having digestive issues, stool samples are checked to understand the source of the problem.
Senior pet care
Just like babies, elderly pets need more care and constant medical attention to lead a healthy life. When they turn 7, you may have to start taking them to the vet once in every 6 months. Besides getting their regular vaccinations, they will be examined thoroughly, and blood and urine tests may be recommended. They will give the vet an idea about the pets’ kidney and liver functions along with the thyroid levels in their body.
At this stage, you may have to be a little more careful regarding your pets and observe them for any behavioral or physical abnormalities. Keep a notebook to jot down anything you find suspicious in your furry companion to discuss with the vet. For example, if your pet drinks more water than usual or pass urine more frequently, or shows reluctance for the daily walks, you may need to consult the vet to identify any underlying issues.
With proper care, constant treatment, and endless love, your kitties and pooches will enjoy a happier and longer life. Keep the vet always in the loop and never try to play doctor yourself. It may create further problems for your pet.