Do you have pets? If so, how often do you take your pets to the vet for a routine check-up? Mine is annually, the same time as my dog’s vaccine shot update. I also take her when I see she is being lethargic or fussy. However, there is a variety of the number of times you can take your pet to the vet and it all depends as well on their age, size, condition, breed, and type.
It is a good practice though to bring your pet for a regular check up at least once or twice a year just to make sure the vet can spot something odd that you can’t. It is better to catch something earlier than when they are in their advanced stages.
Few months ago, I had to rush my precious baby dog, Millie, to the vet because she was acting lethargic, not eating much and walking super slow when few days before we noticed her sudden change of behaviour and lack of appetite (which was a very rare sight!), we decided a quick visit to the vet was needed. And she was just in the vet few weeks earlier for her vaccine shot.
Her blood work was taken and we were glad it wasn’t negative for anything bad. Rather, she had a pain on her shoulders because she loved to jump around and she probably had a bad fall while we were not at home. So, she was feeling all these pain and not wincing at all. We thought the vet would give antibiotics like simplicef and thank goodness that her blood results were fine. She was given a pain-relief instead for 3 days and surprisingly, as soon as she ingested the first tablet, she was back to her jumpy self.
We made sure she wouldn’t jump on the bed and couch anymore by removing low objects on the way.
So, we were glad we didn’t wait for last minute and decided to do another check-up. Otherwise, we would have seen her condition get worse.
Make it a habit to visit the vet. Take that opportunity to ask questions, clarifications and even tips if you are a first time parent to a furry baby.
Millie was a bit down the past few days. One day she was jumping up and down in our couch and bed and the next thing you know it, she was lying on her bed or on the floor, didn’t want to eat much and a bit quiet lately.
We took her to the vet last night and hoped for positive news that what was happening to her wasn’t that bad. We had a feeling that she was in pain with all those jumping around. And the vet confirmed that. She probably had her vein compressed in the neck area with all those jumping around. Also, her bloodwork came out negative. That is a relief to hear.
So, our dear little diva baby Millie is on pain-relief meds right now for few days. I didn’t go to work to observe how she is behaving. Also, the doctor asked me to reduce the weight of Millie. I am guilty! I kept giving her treats as I can’t bear to look at those begging doggie eyes. I guess I have spoiled her rotten too.
Things will have to change from now on. After the dog scare with Millie, we’ll have to set new rules and rearrange stuff around the house so she won’t jump on the bed and the couch and hurt herself in the process. Also, daily workout for Millie will have to be done. So, it pays both ways for me too. I lose weight with Millie. I have to give time for this even if I’m tired from work. It’s a commitment I will give as if she is my own child. Well, for my family, that’s how we see Millie. She’s our baby with four legs…and fur who barks.
This is what I can suggest to pet lovers out there. If you suspect your dog is feeling something weird or see signs that are unusual for your pet, bring your beloved pet to the vet right away. The sooner you do that, the sooner your pet can get the immediate medical care it needs and can prevent any serious complications later on. It’s also wise to get pet insurance. I am considering that now.
Do you get so attached with your pets? Do you love them like they are your own kids? I know I do. How about you?
When you have a pet that you love, they become like another member of the family. You want them to be happy and healthy. There are many things you can do for your pet to keep them in their best health and prevent diseases and injuries, but you can’t prevent everything. Your pet will likely need medical intervention at some point in their lives. Sometimes, just like humans, pets get tumors. They can be either cancerous or benign. If you have a pet, like a dog, and notice any swelling, sores, lumps, or new growths, take them to an animal hospital in Dallas for a diagnosis. Many cancers are first detected by a physical examination.
Benign or Cancerous
If your pet does have a growth, a veterinarian will need to determine whether it is benign or cancerous. A benign tumor can usually be cured by surgical removal. In this situation, the tumor will grow slowly and won’t spread to other areas of the body. However, a cancerous tumor has options as well. Depending on the type of cancer present, a vet at an animal hospital can determine how to proceed. There are many types of cancers that can affect your pet, but they have one thing in common. Cancer will invade neighboring tissues and should be caught as early as possible. It usually affects grown dogs, but suspicious lumps and sores on pets of any age should be checked out immediately.
Once you know what condition your pet is suffering from and the severity of it, you and your veterinarian can decide what action should be taken. An animal hospital in Dallas can provide all the services you need to get your pet back on track, from diagnosis to surgery. Even if you don’t notice a growth or other problem yourself, taking your dog or other animal in periodically for a checkup is important. Veterinarians are trained to detect problems and might catch something that you missed. If a tumor or other condition is found, you can rest assured that your vet will know the best approach to take.
For pet owners, it is a common practice to ensure that our furry pals are also protected during the long summer months. If you are now familiar with this info, then equip yourselves with the proper know-how on how to protect your dogs this summer as their temperature can go high faster than human does.
Here are simple and easy to remember tips to ensure your pets are safe:
- Be wary of their pants because it may indicate heat exhaustion. If you’re dog is heavily salivating and panting like crazy, go to a cool place quickly and hose off your dog with a luke warm water.
- Have regular vet check up so other problems can be taken cared of like parasites, gastro-intestinal problems and even prevent Lyme disease.
- If you have a balcony, refrain from leaving it open for your pooch to wander into. It can get very hot at midday and your dog can fall off or even be left there unsupervised scorched under the heat of the sun.
- Avoid outdoor activities if the weather gets too extreme.
- Have enough water for your dogs to access. Fresh bowl of water here and there is a good tip.
- Give your pet a summer shave if advised by the vet or professional groomer. Some breeds with long hair will have difficulty cooling off because the breeze will not easily reach their skin.
- Do not let your dog run over sandy areas as the sand can get very hot. This will burn their paws.
- Do not ever, ever leave your dogs inside an unattended vehicle even if you leave a gap. A stalled car under the heat of the sun can also get hot like an oven. Imagine how it feels like for your dog to sit in there, trapped and heated extremely beyond their body’s capacity. Be wise! Leave your pets at home if you have to go for an errand.
I got the photo from Facebook and give credit to the owner. I think, we should do this if there is an irresponsible pet owner out there who leaves their dog inside a hot car and not be guilty about doing so.