Your veterinarian is more important to your dog’s well-being than you think. There’s really no excuse to slack on taking your dog even if it’s for a simple routine check-up, and are available most of the time if you want to schedule an appointment over the phone.
A “wellness exam”, or a check-up, is just a routine visit where your veterinarian will look over your pet to see if it’s healthy, from checking its gait for normal movement to checking the teeth for dental health.
Here are a few reasons why you should get your dog to the vet other than that routine check-up:
Your pet might be sick
There are many indicators that will let you know that your pet is sick, and here are some of the most common:
• lethargy and/or changes in behavior
• loss of appetite
• significant weight gain
• blood (in stool, urine, and vomit)
• cloudy or irritated eyes
• vomiting or diarrhea that lasts more than a day
• constant scratching or itching
There are more indicators, too – if they’re drinking more water than usual, for instance, it could be the sign of a kidney problem or diabetes. Even though you think your pet is otherwise healthy, these are signs that you obviously shouldn’t ignore.
For all you know, it might look like a simple fever for a day but it might actually be something life-threatening. Don’t hesitate to call your vet when you notice these signs.
Your pet got in an accident
Accidents happen all the time, even if you try your best to make sure your pet doesn’t run into them. Puppies, in particular, are extremely inquisitive and will explore the different parts of your house – that means they might run into and taste substances that could be really harmful for them.
You want to know how to better take care of your pet
Apart from the routine visits to know whether your dog is fine, you should also take this time to ask how to better take care of your pet. Though the internet is great for added research to know what kind of breed your dog is and how to better take care of it, not everything is true.
The best way to know is by talking and asking questions to your vet, as they are the ones who have the most experience in taking care of animals.