Your pets need close care throughout their entire life. Apart from the care you provide at home, they also need professional attention from a veterinarian every now and then. This is why it's important to take your pet to the veterinarian clinic at least once a year for a thorough check. Read on to learn the importance of such a visit for your pet.
Once you take your pet to the vet clinic, they will get inspected for health conditions. Your vet will first look for any injuries your pet may have, including scratches, cuts and wounds. Next, your vet will go deeper and look for signs of pests such as fleas and ticks. Sometimes it takes an expert's eye to spot a pest infestation hidden within your animal's coat.
Once done, your vet will monitor your pet's behavior to see if there are any symptoms of any underlying medical condition. Symptoms such as wheezing, anti-social behavior or swollen abdomens often tell of deeper conditions. You may not notice these signs all the time, but your veterinarian will. Your vet can also undertake additional tests on the heart and lungs through blood tests, ultra sounds and blood pressure tests to check for worms and other underlying conditions.
Once your veterinarian has given your pet a clean bill of health, they will undertake preventive care to ensure your pet does not fall ill in future. One form of such preventive treatment is dental care. Your dentist will clean your pet's teeth to avoid tartar build up which may cause periodontal disease. Another common preventive treatment you can expect is pest prevention through deworming and fleas sprays.
Pet care advice
Your vet will also offer professional advice on how to better look after your pet and avoid injuries or simply to improve the lifestyle of your pet. You will get advice on how to house your pet, how to create play opportunities for them and how to manage their socialization with other people and animals. Your veterinarian will also provide nutritional advice, letting you know which foods are best for your pet and which to avoid.
Bathing and grooming
Last but not least, your veterinary may also give your pet a treat with a special bath to sooth and calm them after the extensive check up. Your pet will thereafter get a grooming before you can head back home.
Annual visits to the veterinary are important for all types of pets including dogs, cats, reptiles, birds and any other pet you may have incorporated to your family. They help detect problems early and make you a better guardian to your pet.