Annual check up
Annual check ups for a lifetime of health
If you wait for your pet to show signs of pain before going to see your vet, you’ll probably be waiting a long time and taking a big risk. If you see that their condition seems to be deteriorating, that they don’t seem right; this probably means that the problem has already been around for a while.
An annual check up will allow your vet to determine what’s up with your pet before your furry friend has to suffer. What exactly will the vet do during a complete annual exam? Among other things, they’ll check your pet’s temperature. It should vary between 38.3 and 39.1°C. The vet will also examine the skin and coat, the ears, eyes, teeth, paws, and nails. The vet will also perform an examination, using a stethoscope, to determine the general state of your pet’s internal organs.
What’s more, your pet’s weight is also an important indicator of their health. Are they too fat… too thin? A proper check up will allow your vet to answer these questions.
This check up is also an opportunity for your family vet to ask you a few questions, notably about your pet’s daily habits, such as their diet, the bond they share with you, with other members of your family, and with other animals.
During this meeting, don’t hesitate to ask questions and ask for advice, especially about what kind of diet you should follow. This is also the ideal time to update any vaccinations, if necessary.