Pet Health

Is an Annual Checkup Right for Your Dog?

A routine wellness examination or annual checkup is the first step to ensuring long-term health for your dog. You don’t have to wait until your dog develops signs of health issues to rush to a veterinarian. Instead, we can help you put together a plan that will include regular visits to your vet to ensure your pets well being. This will enable us to treat minor issues before they become too serious.

If you are unsure if an annual pet examination is worthwhile, discover some benefits of this service.

Annual Checkups Help the Vet to Create Personalized Care

The main reason for an annual dog checkup is to confirm the general wellbeing of your furry friend. Our vets are committed to making sure that your pet is evaluated based on their breed, age and lifestyle. This is a great way to keep your pet on a pathway to better health.The following are things to consider in tailoring the best plan for you and your pet.

  • The pet’s appetite
  • The pet’s mobility
  • The pet’s heart condition
  • The pet’s dental health

Our vets will also perform visual assessments such as a shiny coat and clear eyes to establish the overall wellbeing of your pet.

With this information, we can personalize a diet for your dog and advise you on the best supplements to boost your pet’s appetite. Also,the vet might detect an abnormality with the heart rhythm. In such a case, our vets would customize an exercise routine and recommend the do’s and don’ts to rectify the specific problem.

In the same way, if  your vet identifies mobility issues or abnormalities with the dog’s dental health, they can recommend the best diet and care routine to reverse the problems.

Annual Checkups Keep You Up to Date With Vaccinations

Vaccinations are critical to keep your dog’s immunity in check, so you cannot afford to miss them. Otherwise, your pet is more prone to contagious and potentially fatal diseases. But unfortunately, some vaccinations will likely slip your mind.

With annual checkups, your veterinarian will remind you of any core or lifestyle vaccinations and administer them before it’s too late. Our vets will also offer booster shots once every three years to improve the dog’s health.

Annual Checkups Help You Solve Issues Sooner

Routine checkups are a chance for your veterinarian to spot problems in your pet at an early stage. With this, our vets can offer suitable medications sooner. Otherwise, a minor illness may escalate to a deadly condition that necessitates expensive treatments.

Learn what to expect during annual dog checkups.

Physical Examination

Your vet would conduct a physical examination to detect underlying problems. Some factors to pay attention to are:

  • Eyes
  • Teeth
  • Gums
  • Ears
  • Lumps
  • Coat
  • Abdomen
  • Chest

The purpose of the physical examination is to identify any unusual appearances. Your vet will also compare the reports with the previous records to determine if your dog is on the right track.

Remedies and Preventions

After physical examination, the vet may check the dog’s weight and compare it with previous reports. This step helps to detect health problems early based on how much weight the dog adds or loses within a year.

Also, your vet will vaccinate your pet if necessary or if your pet is at any risk of infection. The veterinarian then deworms your dog, offers a parasite control solution, and scans the pet’s ID chip for safety.

Based on your dog’s age and medical history, your vet may recommend extra examinations such as a blood pressure assessment, urine tests, and a fecal exam. With all these tests, a vet is sure to notice any underlying health problems.

Annual dog checkups are a life changer for you and your pet. You can trust us at 1st Pet Veterinary Centers for your dog’s yearly checkups. Contact us today with the assurance that we will run the necessary tests and recommend the best routine to improve your pet’s health.