Last week it was that time of year again at our house, meaning time for our annual vet visit. Mom packs up all three of us dogs and two cats and we head off to the vet once a year together for our annual exams.
Yearly vet visits are vital for healthy and happy lives. According to Dr. Ashley Gallagher, vet at the Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C., because pets age faster, missing just one year is the equivalent of missing five years? A recent petMD poll, nearly 2 in 10 pet owners hadn’t visited their vet for a routine checkup in the past year. Yikes!
We all go together once a year for three reasons:
- We are comforted having all of us together, and when we get back home we all have that funny vet smell, so no one pet stands out.
- Mom only has to remember to bring us to the vet for exams once a year. We dogs go at least one other time in the spring, but it is still easier than remembering five different appointments during the year.
- Many vets have multiple pet discounts if you bring in 2-3 or more pets at one appointment.
Annual vet visits help your vet stay familiar with your pet, and help them find problems in the early stages. Did you know 26% of dog owners and 17% of cat owners only take their pet to the vet when they are sick? Annual vet visits and preventative care are so important for healthy pets!
Maintaining a healthy weight and eating a healthy diet is also key for healthy pets. Did you know there is even a food for dental health? Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult Oral Care can help with plaque, tartar and fresh breath while providing a balanced diet! Each of us weigh in at our annual exam. I’m proud to say I’ve been at 38 lbs (plus or minus a pound) since I was a year old.
Senior pets especially need to keep up on regular exams. Sometimes pet parents don’t notice symptoms of diseases that a vet can easily recognize. By catching problems in the early stages you can save on the potentially more expensive illness visits.
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