Bringing your young pet to the vet regularly can help them get used to our surroundings
Owning an animal, especially if it is your first pet, is an exciting time. However, it also brings several responsibilities, so it is important to make sure that your pet has regular health checks to ensure they remain healthy and happy.
If your pet is still very young, it is recommended that you bring them in to see one of our qualified nurses every month until they are around 6 months old. This is because they grow and develop rapidly in their first few months and it is essential to make sure that there are no early warning signs of potential problems. Additionally, their weight will determine the dosage of flea and worming treatment they require, so it’s important that this is always accurate and appropriate for them. After this age, it is only necessary to bring them in once a year.
During a health check, your vet or vet nurse will examine your pet from head to tail, including looking at their eyes, ears, teeth and mouth, skin, coat, paws and claws. They will also examine their abdomen for any unusual lumps and bumps, as well as listening to their heart and lungs.
In addition, you will have the chance to ask your vet anything you are not sure about when it comes to your pet’s healthcare – they will be more than happy to help you and explain anything you don’t understand.
If your vet finds anything that might require further investigation or treatment for your pet, they will fully explain the situation to you, including possible courses of action to take. The earlier any sort of problem is identified, the more likely it is to be treated successfully.
If your pet is completely healthy, you will be able to make an appointment for their next check-up, and then will be free to go.