Whether or not your pet is healthy, annual check-ups at the vet are necessary. It’s the best way to make sure your cat or dog is the best possible shape they could be in and to keep an eye on any newly emerging problems that could potentially be serious.
What Vet’s will want to check
- Your pets weight and general body condition
- Heart rate
- Parasite control
- Signs of any fleas or ticks
- Worming routine
- Behaviour and personality
- Dental care
- Making sure that your pet is up to date with all vaccinations
Annual check-ups are the best way to make sure that your pet is up to date on all their vaccinations. There may be other vaccines that you may need if you’re thinking of travelling with your pet and taking them to a place where they will be more susceptible to certain diseases.
As your pet grows older in age, annual check-ups begin to become more important – some vets even recommend visiting twice a year as older pets begin to form lumps that could become more severe the longer you leave them. It also allows for many disease and illnesses to be picked up early and treated before they become something to worry about.
Vet checks are purely safety precautions and for treating your pet with vaccines to be sure they live as long as possible and are safe from illnesses. It is always important to keep an eye on your pet over their life as they can begin to become sick in a matter of months. Checking on your pet’s health and any signs of change is something that should be monitored all year round, not just at annual checks.