Why the veterinarian is your and your pet’s best friend and how often you should go say hello?
First and foremost, before I go anywhere with this subject, there’s one thing in particular that I believe all pet-owners need to inculcate in themselves. Your pet is family. Treat him like he’s family, and not like he’s a burglar alarm. A pet can bring to your life as much joy as a child of your own and it’s about time you treated them right. Good, warm treatment, including visits to the veterinarian, as and when required.
1 The vet wasn’t made just to give your pet shots!
Hear ye, hear ye! Your vet shouldn’t pop up in your head every time, your pet’s immunization schedule reminder on your phone decides to notify you. Pets need general checkups like us humans too! Moreover for the fact that, they can’t voice out the fact that they actually require medical assistance, makes it all the more necessary for us to collect all the hints they drop, and make timely visits to the veterinarian.
- Some of these hints include,
- Inactiveness and too much sleep. Unlike humans, it isn’t normal for your pet to ‘just get bored’.
- Loss of appetite. Remember, a hungry dog is a healthy dog. (Hungry in the ‘eternally hungry’ context, not ‘hungry from starving’ context)
- Sudden weight loss.
- Bad breath, excessive drooling, drinking, urination.
- Vomiting and diarrhea. However, this may be a false alarm, being a resultant of your pet’s curious appetite.
2 So how often do I dial up the veterinarian?
TILL HE TURNS ONE
Babies most definitely need that extra ounce of care, be it human or animal. This is when your pet’s immune system will just be taking shape, and hence at least a visit every month is required of you. If you own a pup, you can vaccinate him against the parvo virus, kennel cough and rabies during this period of time. Cats are tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus, and they get vaccinations that cover several diseases.
BABY TO CHILD TO BOY TO MAN
Visits to the veterinarian don’t have to be as frequent anymore. Yearly medical checkups will do the trick. Make sure, you immunize him as per schedule and without delay though. Blood samples and stool samples can also be tested to check for heart worms and internal parasites.
MAN TO GRANDPA JO WHO NEEDS SOME MORE MEDICAL ATTENTION THAN HE USED TO
Doubling the once a year veterinarian visits to twice a year, once your pet exceeds the age of 10 years. Be very attentive when it comes to observing the daily routines of your pets, as anything that deviates from the normal requires medical help. Kidney diseases, arthritis, stomach cancers are all common ailments that occur to dogs once they reach this age.
3 Why this is such an important affair?
Veterinarians are deemed costly and unnecessary and are disregarded by the masses. They fail to realize the role a veterinarian plays in the healthy sustenance of your pet. As per the statistics, apparently 10% of pet owners who brought in their pets to the office, to their dismay found their pet to be home to a couple of under luting diseases.
The areas on your pets body that must be observed well are the teeth and mouth, liver, kidney, heart and lungs, joints and bones, glands, endocrine, eyes and vision (itchy, red eyes), digestive and gastrointestinal and finally, the skin. So keep a check on all these areas and whenever you see something fishy, get your pets checked and keep them fit and happy!