Every year we discuss the importance of scheduling a checkup with the vet for your pet.
That importance has not changed.
The checkup process continues to offer you and your pet peace of mind regarding your pet’s health. It could determine how well the year will go; you may discover your pet is in the best possible health, you may catch concerns before they become real problems and get ahead of them or you might even save your pet’s life.
The older your pet grows, the more important the annual checkups. In fact, when animals reach senior ages, they should often see their vet more than once per year because issues can crop up faster the older they are.
Generally speaking, a good guideline to follow is as follows:
Under One Year
Your fur babies should see a vet often in the first few months. This has to do with ensuring proper, healthy growth and getting the necessary vaccinations (distemper, parvo, rabies and more) which sometimes must be given weeks apart. Your young pet is more at risk when it comes to some infections because, like a human baby, he or she is still developing an immune system.
Young Adult Pets
Pets that are just a few years old are adults and hopefully established as healthy. This is when yearly visits are essential, and more often are useful. If your pet has a history of problems, is of a breed which may develop certain issues or something occurs to make you worry, visiting your vet more often than once per year is equally important.
Over 10 Years
Pets over 10 years old are generally considered senior pets. As a result, their bodies are aging and slowing and they need extra help. Visiting more than once a year is important to extend their live as long as possible.
We want to be there for your pet throughout his or her life. Bring your furry friend to Pet Vet Hospitals and let us be part of their long life a great health.