Getting the absolute best pet eye, dental, and overall medical care is more important than you might think. Our pets can’t tell us when something hurts a little bit or something doesn’t feel right. And we may not always notice when they are trying to tell us through their actions. An annual preventative pet checkup is the best way to avoid any underlying issues and keep your best little friend feeling their very best.
Just like we need to get our annual checks with the doctor to test for diseases and conditions, so do our pets. No matter what kind of pet you have, these tests are essential. Even a gecko can get sick on a whim. Don’t think that just because the cage is clean and there haven’t been any interactions with other animals that your little buddy can’t catch something that can really bring him down. And with reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, and other animals that aren’t as social as dogs and cats, the signs and symptoms of a problem can be very difficult or even impossible to read. When you schedule annual checkups you will have peace of mind and your pet will always be feeling great. And in the unfortunate event that there really isn’t something wrong with your pet’s health, you will want to have an established relationship with the pet hospital or clinic that handles emergencies. Having an established chart with medical history can really help in certain situations so it’s good to built that up as soon as you can.
Sometimes the most neglected piece of health involving our pets is dental care. We often think that our animals take care of their teeth naturally, but this is not true. Sure, chewing and treats can help keep cavities at bay and teeth strong. But these actions can’t combat gum disease or an even more serious condition like cancer or infections. Teeth and gums should be examined at least once every other year by a veterinarian to check for serious issues. This also goes for eyes, heart, lungs, stool, urine, and occasionally even blood testing if there is a specific breed or family history of concern. In order to keep our pets living as long as we do comfortably, these issues should be checked regularly. So the take home points from this article are pretty simple. Establish a relationship with a veterinarian quickly so that your animal will have a complete chart. It is helpful if this vet office also has a connecting hospital, but it is not completely necessary. Schedule your pet an annual checkup every year to test for underlying conditions, keep vaccinations up to date, and to ask questions. Don’t forget that eyes, ears, nose, and teeth also fall under these rules! Certain conditions may be difficult to detect, so don’t think that just because your pet is acting normal that nothing is every wrong. As long as you keep up your preventative care, everyone will feel happy and healthy for a long time.