As much as many pet parents love their four-legged companions, busy schedules and strict budgets can sometimes get in the way of making sure pets get to the vet for an annual wellness exam. Skipping one appointment may not seem like a big deal, but regular checkups are extremely important in preventing certain conditions and catching serious diseases early.
During a wellness exam, vets usually check a pet’s vitals to make sure they’re in the normal range. The veterinarian will also listen to an animal’s heart and lungs to determine if there are any signs of early heart or respiratory disease. Wellness checkups are also a great opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about behavioral changes, flea and tick control methods, a healthy diet, or whatever else is on your mind regarding your pet.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association, most and dogs and cats should visit the vet at least once a year for a wellness exam. As pets get older, they may require checkups more often than yearly, so speak with your veterinarian regarding your pet’s specific needs.
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