Dogs are pretty strong and while some may say they have nine lives, they’ll definitely need to see the veterinary doctor every once in a while. How often? Well, that’s what we’ll discuss in this piece. Veterinary care and treatment is somewhat crucial to the health and overall well-being of your dog. The same could be said for human and healthcare. So, before we go into this, let’s ask you a question, how often do you go to the hospital? Dogs need the same if not more healthcare than humans do, this is because their lifespan is way smaller than ours. Hence whatever we can do or prevent from shortening this lifespan, we should do it as soon as we can.
Now, your dog’s trip to the vet could be based on the following:
- Random checkups
Just like humans, dogs need vaccinations too, although for different illnesses which aren’t peculiar to us. Dogs need vaccinations at different points in their lives. If you have a puppy or even a new born, you should visit the vet with them at least once a month. This will keep them up to date with all the vaccinations they need to go through. However, for this stage, this could be completed in 4 months. Adult dogs also need certain vaccinations hence, for the sole purpose of preventing the contraction of some communicable diseases, your dog needs an average of 7 trips to the vet spread out in 1-2 years.
This is just to observe the general well-being of your dog. Random checks like these are great as they enable the timely eradication of any ailment your dog may have, which you had no idea of. These checks should be done 2-3 times a year.
If your dog is feeling blue or if you notice different traits or a change in personality, it may be time to take your dog to the vet. Usually when a dog refuses to eat or neglects his meal often, it could be a sign of an ailment. Take your dog to the vet if you notice anything out of the ordinary, and do not self-diagnose.
If your dog got his head stuck somewhere or if he punctured or cut a part of his body, then an emergency visit to the vet is due. Your dog needs to be attended to in the event of any domestic emergency hence, feel free to make a fuss till he does. This is a major event that warrants a trip to the veterinary doctor.
Dogs can be really fragile. Under all that strong facade they pull, they are really vulnerable creatures and deserve all the care you can give. One way to do this is by taking him to the vet when it is necessary and even when it isn’t, just to be safe. Remember, he’s your best friend.