Going for regular health assessment will be good for your dog because they can keep their vaccinations, and you will also have the chancing of weighing your do and helping you relax knowing that your dog is healthy.
General Dog Health
Many people usually take their canine friend to the vet when injured or sick, but the appointments usually look at a specific issue. When you go to the vet for check-ups, the visits are more holistic because the vet is going to get the chance of detecting subtle changes in the dog’s overall physical health.
You should try visiting the vet at least once a year, but this needs to be more frequent if the dog has special needs or when they are getting older. Prevention is better than cure, and this is why you need to visit a vet from time to time even if your pet looks healthy. The dog might seem healthy to you but there might be a problem that only a vet can find. The vet is going to have a close look at your dog and see if there are any unusual signs, eye and ear problems, checking the skin/coat, and also scan the microchip and see whether it is working the way it is supposed it.
Going to the vet regularly will help get the dog used to going to a vet when they are well. If you only take them to the vet when they are ill or hurt, they can start becoming nervous any time they see a vet, and they end up associating the trips with stressful experiences or bad times. Going to the vet from time to time even without an appointment might be a good idea. The staff there are going to be appreciative while you get the chance of creating a positive memory.
The vet is going to remind you about vaccination or give you a vaccination schedule for your dog so you can always keep everything up to date. The timing of the vaccination will depend on which is needed, with some of them including leptospirosis, distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, Bordetella (kennel cough), and also parainfluenza. If you are planning on travelling out of the country, you are going to need rabies vaccination because it is in the ‘Pet Passport’ scheme. Read more about travelling with your dog overseas so you can be prepared.
Worms, Fleas, and Ticks
Another instance when prevention is better than cure is controlling worms, fleas, and ticks. You need to keep in mind that fleas, at least the larvae, can live in your home and garden all year round and ticks are notorious when it comes to transmitting diseases. When you visit the vet, they can advise you in what you need to do to prevent flea and ticks, and also avoiding round and tapeworms, and if need be, lungworm. If you have any concerns or questions, raise them so that the vet can address them and help you keep your dog healthy.
Behaviour Prevention and Treatment
The annual assessment of your dog gives you the chance of discussing any unsociable or unusual behaviour from your dog such as biting, excessive barking, or chewing shoes whenever you look away. When these behaviours are caught in the early stages, they can be easily managed. The vet is going to give you tips on dealing with the problem or refer you to a trained behaviourist for pet sitting. If it is still a puppy, they can give you recommendations for puppy cases you can join.
Your dog will be happy and healthy when you go for regular check-ups.