When Did You Last Bring Your Pet in for a Check-up?

December 2nd, 2015 by Daniel Mudrick

Be honest – when was the last time you brought your pets in for a check-up with the vet? Do you schedule yearly appointments, even if your pet seems healthy?

Why Are Annual Veterinary Check-Ups So Important?

Just like humans, pets need to regularly see their doctor to make sure they’re in good health. In fact, it may be even more important for pets to have yearly check-ups. If you or your family members feel sick, they can tell you, right? Your pets can’t.

Unless they’re seriously ill, you may not see any symptoms of the sickness they’re experiencing. This is especially true with cats, who will conceal their illness for as long as they can.

The answer is simple: your pets need a yearly check-up because it lets your vet catch health problems early on. If your pet has a health condition and it’s diagnosed early enough, you’ll have a better chance of curing it, treating it, or preventing further complications.

A Year Is a Long Time for Your Pet

If an annual check-up sounds too frequent to you, think about what a year means to your pet. If your pet’s lifespan is about 10-15 years, they will only have 10-15 exams in their whole lifetime! That’s really not so many.

Remember as the saying goes, one human year is (roughly) seven dog years. And for cats, it’s about a one-to-four ratio.

To emphasize the point, here are some charts illustrating how long a human year is to your pet:

Dog Aging Chart

Dog Aging chart

Cat Aging Chart

Cat Aging

Image courtesy of the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

Don’t Neglect Your Pet’s Health

An annual check-up is essential for your pet’s long term health, happiness, and quality of life. Your pets need regular preventive care to stop health conditions from developing down the road.

At a check-up, your pet will have a full physical to assess their health, a dental exam, any necessary vaccines, and parasite prevention.

Doing these things help you avoid pet health emergencies – and the costs and stress that come with them!

Whether your pet is one year old or eighteen, they need regular heath check-ups!

>> Is it time for your pet’s next check-up? Book an appointment today!

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About Daniel Mudrick

I'm the owner and founder of Clarkson Village Animal Hospital, a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital that's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Clarkson Village Animal Hospital has always been a dream of mine, and by caring for one patient at a time, the hospital has continued to grow. During those rare times when I'm not at the hospital, I'm at yoga, hiking, gardening, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy reading to stay current on the most recent advances in veterinary medicine.

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