How Frequent Should My Dog Visit the Vet

by | Sep 8, 2016 | Animal Hospital

To ensure the health of your dog, you need care from a qualified Vet. In addition to caring for your dog’s medical needs, questions you have should be answered by someone with experience in this field as well. From the time your pup enters the world, treatment with a Vet should begin.

While visiting the veterinarian for a wellness exam, they will check your dog over; ask questions specific to breed, exercise as well as appetite. The Vet will watch for normal movement and uniformity in the dog’s gait. For the dog’s dental health, teeth will be examined. The Vet will collect stool and urine samples to check for illnesses as well as kidney function. At this time, you can ask questions concerning diet, the prevention of heartworm/ticks/fleas, and vaccinations.

How often a dog is seen by a Vet is determined not only by their age but breed, medical history, and lifestyle are factors as well.

Puppies – Birth to One Year

From birth to the age of four months, a puppy should visit their Vet one time a month. By doing this, it allows them to stay up-to-date on shots; discuss any concern they may have with their diet or physical development. To rule out harmful illnesses that can inflict puppies, such as distemper and parvovirus, your Vet will run needed blood tests.

Adult – One to Seven Years

Dogs reach the age of full maturity between the ages of two and three. However, from the time they reach six months of age, depending on breed, the majority of dogs need to visit their Vet only once or twice per year. Healthy dogs need to visit their Vet once a year for certain vaccinations as well as their prescriptions filled for prevention of heartworm, fleas, and ticks. During this time, the Vet examines their stool and teeth. Certain breeds can be prone to genetic disorders making it crucial that they receive wellness exams.

Senior – Eight Years and Older

Senior dogs should visit the Vet twice a year, depending on their health. During this stage of life, they are more prone to develop certain conditions such as arthritis or cancer. Your Vet can help you decide on any changes that may need to be made, such as diet during your visit.

Regular wellness exams by a qualified Vet helps keep your dog healthy and happy.

For more information, contact Western Veterinary Group, or call them at 310-326-0000. You can also connect with them on Facebook for more updates!

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