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Annual veterinarian exams can help your pet live longer

Annual veterinarian exams can help your pet live longer!

Some people believe that all a pet requires is food and water. Just because a pet looks healthy doesn’t mean it is healthy. Your canine or feline friend can’t tell you when it is not feeling well. Annual veterinarian exams are essential for the life of your pet. It’s key to helping your pet live a long healthy life. An exam can discover early signs of an illness, which may be cured or treated if detected early.

A veterinarian will check your pet’s nose for discharge, which can mean more than just a cold. It could be a sign of distemper or other diseases. The eyes are another area that will tell your veterinarian the health of your pet. Dull or lifeless eyes can mean internal parasites or that your pet has a serious condition. Your pet’s eyes should be clear and free from discharge. Eye infections are contagious to other pets and to humans. It’s essential to clear this up as soon as possible.

Your veterinarian will examine your pet’s mouth for lumps and cuts, and check the condition of its teeth. If necessary, your vet may recommend that your pet’s teeth be cleaned (scaled). Pets can have abscessed teeth, oral tumors or allergic reactions to bug bites. If your pet’s gums are not healthy, it can indicate that your pet is anemic.

Your pet’s ears can harbor infection-causing bacteria and ear mites. Ear mites are highly contagious to other pets and therefore need to be attended to immediately. Ear mites can cause great discomfort for your pet. Veterinarians also will listen to the sound of your pet’s lungs. They will listen for sounds of congestion, cough or abnormal breathing. A congested chest can lead to upper respiratory illness, Bordetella, Distemper, heartworm or other diseases.

A veterinarian will listen to your pet’s heart for any abnormalities. Early detection can mean the difference in your pet living a longer, healthier life. Another concern is your pet’s abdomen. Your vet will check for pain, lumps, abnormal distending or infections.

The skin and coat of an animal can tell your veterinarian a lot about its health. Your vet will check for fleas, ticks and other parasites, as well as for cuts, scrapes, lumps and swelling. A dull coat will tell your vet that your pet is not well on the inside. Examining the legs and paws will reveal any swelling or cuts that need attention.

There is more to a pet’s annual veterinarian exam than one thinks. Without regular annual exams, owners often think that their pet is healthy, but they can soon find that their pet is seriously ill. Sometimes it’s too late to save them. Make sure your pet sees a veterinarian at least once a year for an exam and remember to vaccinate, worm, flea treat, and spay/neuter. Prevention is cheaper and better than the cure.