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How often should I take my pet to the vet?

It’s reasonable to think you should visit your vet when your pet is ill or injured but the truth is that there are other reasons to visit your vet more frequently…

1. Vaccinations: Usually needed yearly but some of them, for example some Rabies vaccinations can last up to 3 years. Important thing to remember… Always, check with the local vet as there are different protocols in different countries. As medicine develops new vaccinations do not forget to ask a vet for updated advice. Nowadays there is even a vaccination for Leishmania, a life threating disease!

2. Flea and worm treatments: It might only sound like it’s treatment for fleas and ticks only but in reality, these products can protect your pet from over 10 different parasites and worms, some of them can transmit serious diseases to your pet. Most of them are applied in monthly or "few-monthly" intervals, but that doesn’t mean you need to visit your vet so often, most vets will provide a 6month or even yearly supply of them! Just put it on your calendar… and don’t forget even a few days lapse can increase the insect family! (P.S. only trust veterinary products, they are the ones that work!)

3. Weight checks: What would a diet be like without checking the results? It’s generally so important for your pet's health to keep the weight under control, so regular checks will allow you to monitor this. You don’t even need an appointment for this unless you’d like to combine it with a vet check and weight advice. Just go and let Lucy jump on the scales!

4. Medication checks: A lot of pets are on ongoing treatments, either for a serious medical condition like heart disease or for something more common like arthritis. We shouldn’t forget all meds come with side effects and with age these can become detrimental. For this reason, pets on ongoing medication should ideally have a vet check along with a blood test every at least 6months to review the medication itself, the pet’s condition and any new developments. There are plenty of alternatives your vet can recommend in any case!

5. Dental checks: Dental health of your pet is as important as is yours. You shouldn't be surprised that most human dental diseases are seen in dogs and cats and require the same attention! Oral hygiene plays a key role in overall health as dental pain can be unbearable (as you already know) and infections of your pet's mouth can travel and affect any body organ basically. A dental visit can be combined with any vet visit, simply ask your vet to check your little one's teeth!

6. Advice checks: You might think you have a silly question or a concern and urge to google to find out what is wrong with your pet… Please don’t! You might find a lot of information on-line, but would you really know what to do after all? Probably not… That’s why it’s always best to reach a vet for advice. Online services like FunnyFeetVets can be of a great help if all you need is a phone call to ease your concerns or even a video call to show something!

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