When it comes to your pet's health, the best offense is a good defense. Eating well , exercising, and annual doctor visits are all good advice for humans, and the same goes for members of our furry family.
Prevention is the simplest and most effective form of health care. For dogs and cats, the annual visit to the vet is the perfect opportunity to make sure your best friend is in good health and to catch any problems early.
Here's how to prepare for your annual vet visit and what to expect.
The annual visit to the vet is not the favorite "on the road" trip for our four-legged friends. Here are some ways to make traveling a little smoother:
1. Bring a favorite and familiar item
Calm your dog or cat with a favorite toy, piece of fabric, or pillow with a familiar scent. Treats are a favorite. Your vet has a lot on hand, but it can't hurt to pack extra special treat to distract your pet. Our Dental Sticks are perfect for distracting your dog if you see that he is feeling nervous and our Vitamin Soups are perfect for making your cat forget the anxiety generated.
2. List questions and concerns
Make the most of your visit by bringing your questions or concerns with you. If something significant has changed in your pet's behavior, appearance, or habits, now is the time to bring it out.
Even if you are prepared for the visit, expect the unexpected and be ready to help if your dog or cat becomes stressed or uncooperative. Remember, your furry family member is in good hands.
First of all, your vet will visit your dog or cat, checking their coat, skin, eyes, ears and mouth. They will also check your pet for dry skin, abnormal hair loss, and overall body condition.
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Your vet will keep an eye on how your dog or cat stands and walks, as well as how alert he is. Now is a good time to inform your vet of any concerns so they can focus their examination on those issues.
Just like a human doctor, your vet will listen to your pet's heart and lungs with a stethoscope to ensure that their heartbeats and breathing are normal. They will then touch your pet's lymph nodes, abdomen, and muscles to feel lumps, swelling, or pain.
Then it's up to vaccinations. Talk to your vet about necessary preventative measures and get their recommendation on vaccine schedules and upcoming checkups.
Follow your vet's advice because preventative health care is the best solution to ensure a long and happy life for your four-legged best friend.
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