If you’re a pet owner, it’s likely you consider your animal companion an important part of your family. As with any family member, making sure they’re happy and healthy is probably of great importance to you. One of the best things you can do to ensure your pet’s good health is to take them for regular visits to the veterinarian. Most vets like to see their patients once every six months to oversee their health proactively, as opposed to reacting in the case of an emergency. You may wonder why it’s important to visit your vet regularly, even with a healthy pet. Here are 3 reasons why regular visits are recommended:
- Answering questions. Seeing your vet regularly, and in the absence of an urgent issue, provides an opportunity for pet parents to ask any questions or discuss any concerns they may have about their pet’s general health and wellness. Veterinarians like to learn about their patients and their families, and be a helpful resource in all aspects of your pet’s care.
- Preventing Disease. Since our pets cannot talk, it can sometimes be difficult to know when something is not quite right with our furry family members. A veterinarian is able to identify early signs of disease and illness much easier than the average pet owner, and catching disease in the early stages can be critical. Many common diseases can be tested and treated even before symptoms are present, avoiding any stress and discomfort for both the animal and their doting human.
- Caring for Aging Pets. The way we care for our pet changes as they age, and a veterinarian is a great resource during this time of change. Pet owners can update their vet on any behavioral changes in their pet, which can be early signs of an issue that needs to be addressed. It’s difficult for pet owners to watch their pets age, and we’re often most concerned about giving our pets the best quality of life, up until their very last days with us. A veterinarian can provide information and support that’s often needed for both the pet, and their human companions.