Pampering your dog, going on a walk with your dog and spending quality time with your dog is good and is appreciated. But “how often do you take your dog for a vet check-up?” is a question that every dog trainer or any vet doctor will ask you says Thomas N Salzano a dog lover and a professional dog trainer.
Generally, dog owners claim that they keep a close eye on their dog’s health and fix a vet appointment whenever something is suspected related to their dog’s health. But this approach is not correct and trainers like Thomas do not support such casual attitudes towards dogs. Proper vet check-up is important for dogs, especially for the senior dogs and the ones that are living in a climatic temperature that does not support their breed
Here are some important points shared by Thomas N Salzano on Vet check-up:
General dog health check-up
Usually, you visit a vet only when your dog is sick or injured but those appointments do not cover the full check-up as they mainly focus on a particular issue. It is important to take your dog to the vet at least once a year for a full check-up to make sure everything is fine as sometimes you never know what your dog is suffering from the disease may not be visible. The visit to the vet should be more frequent if there is old or needs some medical treatment.
Microchipping is a permanent method for identification in which a very small size of the chip is inserted between the shoulder blades at the back of your pet’s neck.
As per experts, it is important for your dog to be chipped and you should get it done when your dog is still a puppy. This process is pain-free and the best way to keep your dog safe and protected in case he gets lost.
Fleas, Ticks, and worms
Fleas are small parasites that suck blood from your pet. Whereas ticks are also parasites that are initially invisible but can stick to your pet and transmit several diseases including Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Ehrlichia. You need to make sure you keep your surroundings clean and your pets away from such parasites. The right person to go for advice related to these parasites is a vet which adds to the reason why you should frequently visit a vet with your pet?
Neutering your Dog
Neutering is very important when your dog is a little puppy. The initial months when the puppy is separated from his mother needs more care than an adult dog. A vet or a dog trainer is the right person to go for advice and to learn about how to take care of your dog. Neutering is again very important when your dog has grown old and weak or is ill and needs special care.
The dental care is mostly neglected in the case of pets, especially dogs. The dental care covers the cleaning and detection of any dental diseases that can cause pain and infection if ignored at the initial stage.
All these are some important pet care issues that you should not ignore. Weight loss, lazy behavior or irritation are some common problems that can be seen in older dogs and you need a vet or a dog trainer guidance to detect what is wrong with your furry friend.
Thomas says “as a dog trainer I have come across many dogs that need vet care but their masters have no time to take them for a vet check-up.” Having a tight schedule is not new, all you need to do is find the best possible solution for your pet as you can not compromise with your furry friend’s health.