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How often should your pet see the vet?

Monday, June 05, 2017

A year in a pet’s life is the equivalent to up to 7 years in a human’s life – a lot can happen in that time! Ideally we would like to see your pet every 6 months for a health check - and this does not necessarily have to be with a vet.

Annual health check with a vet

Our pets are good at hiding health problems so seeing your vet on a regular basis will help pick up problems before they become serious health issues.

We always advise that a vet examines your pet at least once a year. This usually ties in with their annual vaccination. However, even if you choose not to vaccinate your pets, we would still recommend at least an annual health check with a vet.

Dental disease, lumps and bumps, changes in bodyweight, lymph node size, joint stiffness and/or changes in the ability to move are some of the many things we can pick up during a health check. Some issues occur so slowly we don’t even notice them.

Also, by law, we cannot prescribe veterinary parasite control treatments if your pet has not been seen by a vet within the last 12 months.

6-monthly health check with a nurse

A year is still a long time for a pet, which is why our nurses offer health checks in between – usually free of charge. Nurses can give your pet a general health check, and offer you advice on life-stage changes, signs to look out for, and answer any questions you may have.

Older pets are more susceptible to illness, so it’s even more important that they are seen every 6 months. Remember, an 8 year old dog could be equivalent to a 56 year old human (breed dependent) or more!

If your pet is unwell

Of course, if your pet is showing any signs of illness or injury, you should see your vet as soon possible. Vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, depression, lumps, lameness, obvious weight loss, or anything out of the ordinary, should not be ignored.

Prevention is better than cure

Preventing disease is easier than curing it – and a lot cheaper! So calling in on a regular basis will be more beneficial than waiting for illness to occur.

Call your surgery for more information or to book a health check now.

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