If you have a pet, then you probably think of them as a member of your family. As with any other family member, keeping your pet healthy is likely something that’s very important to you. One of the best things you can do to keep your pet healthy is to take your pet to see a veterinarian on a regular basis. Instead of waiting for your pet to get sick, you should take them to see their vet every six months so you can proactively manage their health, rather than reacting in an emergency. Here are five reasons why your pet should see the vet every six months.
1. Protecting Against Toxins
Did you know that some toys can be toxic for your pet? Most pet owners buy pet toys without worrying that the toys designed for animals can actually be harmful to their pet’s health. A recent article on Healthy Pets by Mercola’s website revealed that some pet toys contain toxins that can harm animals if they are exposed to them. Your pets can ingest these harmful toxins if the toys break, crack or otherwise deteriorate during use. Pet owners can protect their furry friends from these toxins by watching toys for aging or damage and making sure that the toys they buy are free from BPA and other harmful chemicals.
Regular check-ups with a vet, can also detect any early signs of harmful toxins. It is important to see your vet on a regular basis so if your pet comes in to contact with these substances, the vet can recognize that and help you identify the culprit. Some toys are actually beneficial for your pet’s health, so you might take that into account when choosing the perfect toy.
2. Checking for Parasites
Pets can get intestinal parasites relatively easily, and vets can perform a quick screening for intestinal parasites on a regular basis when pet owners bring in a stool sample. The process of screening pets for intestinal parasites is relatively inexpensive and quick, and it can save pet owners a lot of hassle down the road. Detecting parasites early means that vets can treat pets with medicine before any serious health issues develop because of parasites.
It is important to check for parasites on a regular basis because pets can be exposed to them by other animals that may wander into yards throughout the year. So, even if your house is extremely clean and your pet has never had parasites, they can still get them just by going outside.
3. Caring for Aging Pets
As Pet WebMD points out, most veterinarians recommend that aging pets are taken to the vet every six months. This is because regular checkups allow vets to check them for common problems seen in older animals such as kidney and liver problems as well as thyroid issues. Pet owners can also use these appointments to update their vet on any changes in their pet’s behavior, which can be early signs of health issues that need to be addressed.
Regular check-ups can also serve as a way to communicate with the vet about a pet’s aging process and talk through how caring for an older pet changes as they age. Pet owners can also get some support from their vet if a beloved pet is nearing death. Veterinarians can help pet owners work through this process and deal with the changes of caring for a pet who will pass away soon.
4. Preventing Disease
Sometimes a pet can have the onset of a disease that is not obvious to their owner. Although pet owners like to believe they know their pets well enough to immediately know when something is wrong, that is not always the case. Since pets can’t talk, it can be difficult to identify diseases in their early stages. Seeing a vet every six months will give a professional a chance to do a quick screening for common pet diseases.
A veterinarian will be able to detect signs of disease and illness much earlier than the average pet owner, so it’s a good idea to take your pet to the vet on a regular basis. Additionally, many common diseases can be tested for a relatively low price, allowing pet owners to detect diseases even before any symptoms are present.
5. Answering Questions
Finally, seeing a vet on a regular basis can be important because it provides an opportunity for pet owners to talk through any questions or concerns they have with their vet. Sometimes pet owners have questions, but they don’t necessarily have immediate access to a professional that can give useful advice. Regular checkups give pet owners a chance to ask questions, not only about changes in their animals, but about routine animal care.
It can be helpful for pet owners to get advice about caring for their pet on a regular basis, especially because the latest news in pet health care isn’t always immediately available to pet owners. Veterinarians can provide advice on serious health issues as well as regular pet care that can help pets to stay healthy in the future.
Taking your pet to see the vet every six months is an important way to maintain their health. Whether your pet is very young, elderly, or somewhere in between, regular visits to the vet can be a very important part of caring for your animals. Taking your pet to the vet every six months will help you identify any problems early and also get the latest information on maintaining their well-being.
About the Author:
Deborah is a veterinarian from New Orleans and she enjoys a quiet life. She lives on a farm with her family: her husband, two children, and 12 other four-legged family members. She really has many toys and too much free time, so she decided to co-found ToyPetReviews.com.