Going to the vet is an unavoidable part of being a pet owner. Whether it is taking your new puppy for their first check-up, checking why your cat might be limping or your pet’s annual vaccination, here are the questions you should be asking your vet in every consultation.
Obesity is a common problem among pet owners. A biscuit here or leftover steak piece there, and suddenly your pet can become quite overweight. You could literally be killing your pet with kindness as being overweight can dramatically reduce a pet’s lifespan. Keeping your pet at a healthy weight is important so when you get a check-up, make sure you ask your vet to check your pet’s body condition. The vet will advise you if you need to reduce your pet’s food intake and the best foods to feed them.
Lumps and bumps are a normal part of getting older but not all lumps are harmless. Cancerous tumours can form in any place on the body so you should be vigilant when checking your pet. Even though there are several harmless lumps like lipomas, skin tags and sebaceous cysts that can appear, if you ever find a lump, you should be getting it checked by a vet. Early detection can make all the difference.
As your pet isn’t able to use a toothbrush every day like humans do, their teeth can sometimes start to be neglected. Bad teeth can lead to other health problems and aren’t very pleasant for you either. Smelly breath, bleeding gums and brown teeth can signify a problem so it is important for your veterinary dental surgeon to check your dog’s mouth whenever they visit.
Your dog or cat should be protected from fleas, ticks and worms all year-round however, the changing seasons mean their parasite protection needs can change. A temperature rise in spring spurs on the flea breeding season so you need to be extra vigilant. Summer is prime time for ticks so you should be using a monthly tick prevention as well as checking your pets regularly. You should also consider the type of prevention you use as a topical treatment might not suit a dog that spends a lot of time in the water. Your vet will be able to advise you on the best protection for your pet.
Regular yearly vaccinations play an important role in your pet’s health, protecting them from diseases that can cause severe illness or worse. Always ask your vet when your pet is next due for their yearly vaccination to ensure you stay on top of it. Your veterinarian will have this listed on your pet’s file.
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