When Should You Bring Your Pet To The Vet?

  • 03/08/2016
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Following the Integrative Approach

Your pet is your animal friend; and it is very essential that you familiarize yourself with their healthcare needs. It’s time to acknowledge the fact that you have volunteered to take responsibility of a life, and better gather all the knowledge you can, to facilitate the same. You know your animal more than anyone else. An integrative approach towards your pet’s health care is your best bet. Here are the answers to some of the important pet-related questions. Read on.

Why Should You Take Your Pet to the Vet and How Often?

Your pets need vaccinations, treatments and care. These can be administered by a veterinarian. Animals are vulnerable to diseases, just like humans. It is necessary to get your pets checked. Routine checkups once every six months, if it is older than 10 years, will be enough to ensure the well-being of your pet. Find local animal hospitals you can trust and stick to the check up routine.

What Symptoms Should You Look For?

Your pet cannot speak, so the vet will ask you first about its behavior and other unusual activities performed by it, if any. With the help of this information, they will be able to diagnose its condition. So ensure that you pay attention to your pet’s behavior. If your pet shows the following unusual symptoms, rush to a vet;

  • If its appetite has reduced.
  • If it is experiencing a noticeable weight loss.
  • If it is lying around more often and/or seems less active or depressed.
  • If it’s showing symptoms of diarrhea or is vomiting.

What Vaccinations Are Your Cats And Dogs Supposed To Be Administered?

Until your cats and dogs are 16 weeks old, you will have to bring them in for vaccinations. The frequency of the visits should be every 3 – 4 weeks.

The following is the list of vaccines that should be given to your pet during the first 16 weeks.

For dogs:

  • Rabies
  • Kennel cough
  • Lyme disease
  • Distemper-parvo
  • Influenza

For cats:

  • Feline immunodeficiency virus
  • Feline leukemia
  • Heartworm/ Tick and flea prevention (applies for both animals).

For more, watch this video of an integrative wellness veterinarian, Dr. Karen Becker discussing the truth about pet vaccines.

Do You Have Enough Money For The Medical Care?

 

medical-care-factsheet.jpgAccording to the 2012 statistics, US spent billions of dollars on pets. From these statistics, it was obtained that most of the amount was spent on food (20.4%) followed by vet care (13.5%). However, unfortunately, the money is not equally distributed. And even after securing a pet insurance it might not cover all aspects of your pet’s healthcare. Compare famous pet insurance plans before making a decision.
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Finally, What Role Do You Play?

As an owner, your job does not end after feeding your pet and taking them to the vet frequently. Most of you might be aware that animals grow and stay healthy in a loving environment, yet most people fail to provide them a good lifestyle. There are things that you can do to ensure that your companion does not repeatedly fall ill. Having conversations with your pet has been scientifically proven beneficial. Besides, if you are a dog owner, maintain your dog’s health with regular exercises. Avoid food that will make your pets lethargic, and understand that they are also capable of emotions.  

About Author: Susan Combs is a Pet Health and Safety expert. Her specialties include keeping up with important issues regarding pet health and pet care, working closely with pet parents to find answers concerning training, grooming and caring for specific breeds of dogs

 

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