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10 things your veterinarian wished you knew

April 11, 2017 Category: Veterinarians

10 things your veterinarian wants you to know

Taking a proactive approach to your dog’s health can help ensure a longer, happier life. Here are 10 things your veterinarian wants you to know about your pet’s health.

1. The annual exam is really important.

Even if your dog appears to be in perfect health, it’s important to visit your veterinarian at least once a year to maintain his good health and to diagnose potentially harmful conditions early.

2. Get to know your dog before you bring her home.

Pet ownership can be a big responsibility and it’s important to know the basics about your dog’s breed, size and exercise requirements before you make a lifelong commitment. Many breeds are also particularly susceptible to certain health issues, and knowing this beforehand can help you prevent or delay potential problems. 

3. Don’t use a search engine to diagnose your pet.

Consulting Dr. Google is no substitute for a trained and licensed veterinarian. Your veterinarian is always your best source of information on your dog’s health.

4. There’s no season for heartworm disease.

Many people only think about protecting their dogs from heartworm disease during the summer months or in warmer climates. But the fact is, dogs can contract heartworm disease at any time of year, and it has been diagnosed in all 50 states.1 The parasite protection of Trifexis® (spinosad + milbemycin oxime) can help you keep your dog safe from heartworm disease year-round. 

5. Microchips are so worth it. 

If your dog ever gets lost, you’re much more likely to be reunited if he has a microchip in place. Protecting your relationship with your dog is truly priceless, so ask your veterinarian about getting a chip for your dog.

6. The right nutrition makes a huge difference in health.

Just like you, your dog needs the right mix of vitamins and nutrients to stay healthy. Feeding table scraps to your dog might make her happy for a moment, but it can hurt your dog’s health in the long run. Be smart about your dog’s health by feeding her nutritious food and watching her weight. 

7. Always follow dosing instructions.

Add your dog’s dosing schedule to your calendar so you don’t forget. Better yet, sign up for text or email reminders when offered. If you ever miss a dose or give your dog too much medication, call your veterinarian.

8. Don’t delay treatment for your dog.

If you suspect something is wrong with your dog, don’t wait to see whether it improves or goes away on its own. Take your dog to emergency care or schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.

9. Don’t wait for a flea infestation.

Flea control is a vital part of caring for the dog you love so much, not to mention keeping your home free from these tiny blood-sucking pests. The Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends treating all pets year-round with a flea control product2 like Trifexis. Each dose of Trifexis protects your dog against fleas for a full month and can’t be rubbed, washed or shaken off. 

10. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Your veterinarian is committed to keeping your dog healthy. So if you don’t understand any part of your dog’s treatment or have questions about his health, speak up. And if you notice something unusual in your dog between visits, don’t hesitate to give your veterinarian’s office a call.