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.
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.