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How Often Should I Take My Pet to The Vet?

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Having to go the vet generally isn’t the favorite activity of pets or their owners. It costs money, it generally requires owners to take time off of work, and just getting a pet to the vet can be an ordeal (especially if you have a cat). This can result in many owners neglecting to make good use of what their veterinarians offer. In today’s blog, we want to discuss just how often you should go to the vet; you don’t want to go more or less than you have to.

How Often Should I Take My Pet to The Vet?

In order to answer this question, we need to define just what the vet can do for you. Generally, there are two ways that visiting the vet can help you and your animal friend out:

  • Treating an animal who is ill. The veterinarian can clear up issues your pet may be having, prescribe medication, and get things back on track.
  • Prevent illness in animals. When we say this, we’re mostly talking about vaccinations. These shots can protect dogs and cats from deadly issues like rabies and parvovirus. Even better, veterinarians have generally left the “one size fits all” approach to vaccinations and customized vaccinations to the lifestyle that pets will lead. Too much vaccination can do more harm than good, causing malignant tumors in cats and over-stimulating the immune system to the point that pets develop allergies. Therefore, vaccinations are determined by the exposure an animal will have. For instance, an indoor cat may not need the same vaccinations an outdoor one will need.

The Importance of Regular Appointments

Animals generally do a pretty good job of hiding health problems from us. By the time they show detectable signs, the problem has usually been going on for a while and could have been prevented. Regular vet visits can help ensure this doesn’t happen. A vet will be able to spot dental problems, lumps, bumps, changes in weight, and stiffness that can come on too slowly for us to notice until it’s too late. In these cases, the problem can be resolved before it advances into something expensive and upsetting.

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Signs That You Need to See the Vet Now

When your animal friend is sick, it can be difficult to tell if you should give it a little more time or pay for a checkup. Here are some signs that it’s time to make a call and get out the carrier or leash.

  • Your cat has lost significant weight.
  • Your dog’s appetite has diminished. A healthy dog will almost never get tired of his food.
  • Your cat or dog is lethargic, depressed, less active, and less interactive.
  • Your dog or cat has diarrhea or is vomiting.

Make an Appointment with Antelope Valley

Animals add a lot of joy and fun into our daily lives. When you spend the right amount of time at the vet, you can enjoy your pet’s company for as long as possible. We are here to serve you in Palmdale. Contact us today!

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