Routine dog and cat checkups are important in keeping your dog and cat in good health. Our Corpus Christi vets discuss why annual cat dog and exams are important.
Routine veterinary exams are important. They help your vet find issues early and treat them promptly, ensuring your pet lives and gives you excitement for a long time to come. Here are five reasons why these routine exams are important.
1. Check-Ups Can Help You Save Money
Detecting and treating diseases like cancer early can save you thousands of dollars in emergency and long-term medical bills. If Addison's disease, hyperthyroidism, periodontal disease, and obesity are detected early, for example, treatment is cheaper.
2. Your Vet Can Uncover Problems
Cats and dogs can put on a brave face, but they can also hide discomfort better than people. When you discover anything is wrong, it's usually because they're in pain and can't disguise it any longer. Cats and dogs, like humans, have evolved to hide pain and disease.
A veterinarian can examine your pet in the same way that a mechanic can examine your car. Your veterinarian is qualified to recognize the subtle signs of a disease or sickness. Changes in respiration, heart rate, eyes, and small swellings are among them. These signs could point to anything from digestive problems to kidney problems to discomfort, cancer, and other conditions.
3. It Can Help Save Your Pet From Pain and Suffering
The more time you spend with your pet when they are healthy, the easier it is to determine what is wrong when they are sick. Early diagnosis using blood, urine, and stool testing can assist in determining and treating growing disorders before they become serious.
These diseases can include diabetes, hyperthyroidism, anemia, and even heartworms.
4. They Can Check Your Pet's Weight, and Check Them for Fleas and Worms
At each vet visit, your pet's weight will be recorded, put to their file, and, if necessary, their flea and worming medication will be delivered on the spot. Most veterinary practices (including ours) make this process considerably easier by keeping track of these details for you.
5. Your Visits Can Act Like a Q&A Session
The greatest opportunity to ask your veterinarian and veterinary technician questions is during a wellness check-up. If you have a solid working connection with your veterinarian, you will be able to acquire answers to questions that arise between consultations. If you only see your veterinarian in an emergency, there is usually not enough time (or an established medical history) to ask more questions.