Importance of regular health checks for dogs

Regular visits to the vet can significantly improve the early diagnosis and treatment of issues which may impact on your dog’s health.

There is a commonly held belief that one year in a dog’s life is equivalent to seven years of ours. That is not exactly accurate, but it is true that our dog does age faster than we do. This means that age-related diseases may develop before we expect them, and take us by surprise.

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With recent changes to the vaccination schedule for dogs, we no longer need to have our dog immunized every year. We may think that this means we can skip the annual vet visit too. That is not a good idea. To keep our canine best friend healthy and prevent illness, we still need to schedule regular health checks with his veterinarian.

There are few benefits of health check for pet export

Early disease detection

Our dog will undergo a thorough physical examination which may detect early signs of a potentially serious illness. Sometimes we barely even notice these signs, but our vet will pick up the clues while we are chatting.

It might not mean anything to us if our canine senior citizen starts to spend more time drinking at his water bowl. To our vet, however, that can suggest that he may be developing diabetes, and they will recommend blood tests to check. If tartar is accumulating on his teeth and his gums are a little red, our vet will treat him before his mouth becomes too painful or he starts to lose his teeth.

If there are indicators that your dog is in the early stages of an illness, then treatment can be started earlier and this is usually associated with a better outcome for our dog. Sometimes treatment is as simple as a change in diet; for example, there are specific foods that can slow the progression of kidney disease, joint disease, and canine dementia.

Prevention is better than a cure

Our vet can help us to put together a preventative health care plan for our dog for the next 6-12 months so he does not become ill with a disease that could have been avoided. We can discuss with them which vaccines he needs and how often, and which is the best product to control heartworm, fleas and intestinal worms. If your dog is on regular medication, it will give us the opportunity to talk about whether his dose needs adjusting or if there are alternative treatments that may be more suitable for him.

They will also check your dog’s weight and body condition. Sometimes the kilos creep on so slowly that we do not notice him becoming generous around the middle. Obesity puts him at increased risk of developing arthritis, diabetes, and respiratory disease. Our vet will quickly identify that he is getting a bit heavy and will work out a food and exercise plan that will get his weight back to a healthy level. To read more about vet house call in Singapore click here.