Pets and us: Here's why regular check up is must for your pets

The role of a pet parent is not easy. It comes with a lot of responsibilities. Just doting over the pet is not enough to take care of them. The pet parent must be sensitive about the health of their four-legged companions. They must realize that just like humans, even pets face health issues. A full-fledged regular health check-up is necessary to spot any worrying signs and prevent any health issues. Dr Shantanu Kalambi, Chief Veterinarian at a digital pet care platform talks about the importance of regular health check ups. Regular health check-ups provide an opportunity to ensure that your pet is healthy and protected from any diseases. It helps in monitoring the pet’s health conditions before they become incurable. It apprises the parents of any medical problem in the pet. Depending upon the diagnosis, proper treatment can be given to the pet.

For your pet’s general health:

1. Get a physical examination once every 6 months.
2. Get their teeth checked and blood tests done once a year. It must be done more frequently as they grow older.

3. Follow the routine preventative measures:

4. Vaccinations annually

5. Deworm them once every 3 months

6. Ectoparasite control (ticks/fleas/mites) once a month or once every 3 months based on the preventative measures used.

7. Dental scaling annually

8. Ear cleaning, nail clipping, anal gland examination, and regular cleaning based on the requirement of the pet.

Routine health checks can help identify any health concerns or the onset of any medical conditions. Appropriate treatment or preventative measures can begin in time to prevent or slow down the progress of these conditions. E.g. hip dysplasia, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease. It substantially helps in the quick recovery and saves the pet parents from experiencing any unfortunate situation.

A regular health check-up plays a pivotal role in building the relationship between the pet parent, pet, and the veterinarian, which will help the pawed friend enjoy a long and healthy life.

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: The American Veterinary Dental Society states that 80% of Dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3.

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