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Questions to ask at your dog’s annual exam

September 12, 2017 Category: Veterinarians

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You and your veterinarian are partners in caring for your dog’s health. Your veterinarian is your best source of information about your dog’s health, but it’s important that you take an active role in the process. Here are a few questions to ask at your dog’s next annual exam to make sure that you have the info you need to help keep your dog healthy and happy.

Is my dog at a healthy weight?
Excessive weight can cause a myriad of health problems for your pup. Ask for tips about finding the right balance of feeding and exercise to keep your dog in a healthy weight range. 

Is my dog up-to-date on vaccinations?
Vaccinations fall into two categories: core vaccines and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are the ones every dog needs. Your dog’s lifestyle and health determine the need for non-core vaccines. Ask your veterinarian which vaccinations are essential for your dog, and make sure your dog stays current on them.

Is that behavior normal?
If you’ve noticed any abnormal behavior or changes in your dog, mention them to your veterinarian. Your observations can help your veterinarian determine if something may be wrong or if your dog is just being a dog.

Does my dog need heartworm prevention or parasite protection?
Year-round heartworm prevention is vital for all dogs. Depending on where you live and your lifestyle, you should also consider protection from other parasites that pose a risk to your dog. Ask your veterinarian what threats your dog may be exposed to and what treatment options are best.

Many veterinarians recommend the 3-in-1 protection of Trifexis® (spinosad + milbemcin oxime). It’s a monthly, beef-flavored tablet that kills fleas and prevents flea infestations, prevents heartworm disease, and treats and controls adult hookworm (A. caninum), roundworm and whipworm infections. Trifexis is approved for use in dogs and puppies 8 weeks of age or older and 5 pounds of body weight or greater.

When should we come back for our next exam?
Regular exams with your veterinarian are the key to keeping your dog healthy and in good spirits. Be sure to ask when you should return for your next exam.

Anything else?
Don’t be afraid to ask your veterinarian any other questions you may have. He’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you look after your favorite pup.

Learn more about Trifexis