The consultation part of your pet’s annual exam is extremely valuable. Not only will your vet in Navarre FL ask you a variety of questions about your pet’s lifestyle, but it also gives you the perfect opportunity to ask questions about the care that you are providing and whether it is the most appropriate and beneficial for your animal pal.
Here are some of the most important questions that you should consider asking your Navarre veterinarian at your next annual pet exam.
Is my pet a healthy weight?
Obesity isn’t just a human condition and unfortunately, the number of animals who are overweight or obese is on the rise. Experts suggest that this is a result of our animal’s more sedentary lifestyle and reliance on convenience foods reflecting our own habits and choices. Nevertheless, obesity has been shown to be a leading cause in a wide range of different health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, liver and kidney function problems, arthritis, cognitive defects and even cancer.
By monitoring and managing your pet’s weight effectively, you could help prevent them from developing a variety of obesity-related illnesses.
Are my pet’s vaccinations up to date?
Vaccinations form an essential part of your pet’s preventative healthcare regime and can protect her from the many infectious and contagious diseases that threaten her health. In fact, vaccinations are responsible for saving countless lives – both human and animal – across the world since their inception. Vaccines work by imitating the disease that they protect against and prompting your body to produce antibodies against it. Nevertheless, each vaccine is only effective for an approximate length of time before a booster shot is required. Your pet’s annual exam is an ideal time to check whether your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and if there are any that she requires that she hasn’t previously had.
Am I feeding my pet the right food?
As your pet gets older, her nutritional requirements are likely to change. This means that the food that you have previously been feeding may need to be altered to reflect her advancing age. Similarly, if your animal has been diagnosed with a health condition, it may be necessary for her to follow a specific diet that will help to manage her condition. Your vet will be able to tell you which foods are most suitable for your pet and which may be most beneficial for her health.
What parasite prevention treatments are most appropriate for my pet?
Parasite prevention is another important part of your pet’s wellbeing. External parasites such as ticks and fleas can usually be spotted on her body, while it is necessary to do a blood or fecal test to check for the presence of internal worms. All parasites are unpleasant for your pet, but some can prove deadly with ticks carrying infectious diseases such as babesiosis and Lyme disease, and heartworms causing heart disease and even premature death if left untreated. Your vet will be able to advice you of the best way to protect your pet from parasites, including which products to use and how frequently they need to be administered.
Does my pet need more frequent wellness appointments?
Most pets will only require a wellness appointment to assess and monitor their health and wellbeing once per year. However, as your pet gets older, she will become more susceptible to illness and this means that it may well be prudent to increase the frequency with which her health is evaluated. Similarly, if your furbaby is already suffering from some form of health condition, your local vet may decide it is beneficial for her to be seen more often. Your vet is committed to ensuring that your pet gets the best care possible and should act in her best interests. This means that you may automatically be asked to visit for wellness checks more often. However, if you aren’t and you feel that your precious pet would benefit from more frequent attention, speak up at your consultation.
For more information about what you should ask at your pet’s annual exam, please don’t hesitate to speak to our knowledgeable and experienced staff at our animal hospital in Navarre FL today. Call our vets at 850-331-0180 to learn more.