How often should I take my dog to the vet? Do they need annual check ups or just when I think something is wrong?
Alec, it’s a very good idea to have annual check-ups at least, and it's even more important as your dog gets older. The reason is that dogs can be very good at hiding problems and they may only become noticeable when they’re severe. If you wait until you notice something obviously wrong, your dog may be quite ill indeed.
With an annual check-up, your vet can talk to you about any changes in your dog’s behavior, appetite or thirst and do a thorough physical examination. This allows them to pick up any medical conditions early, when treatment may be easier, less costly and have a better outcome. They can also test them for parasites including heartworm and offer advice on any changes to their diet that may be appropriate for their life stage. This means that the yearly check-up will not only pick up any potential issues early, it will also help you to prevent problems developing and keep your dog in good health.
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