Whether you have an old pet or a new one, veterinary visits are a crucial aspect of being a pet owner. Just as people require medical check-ups, animals deserve and require veterinary check-ups at reasonable intervals. Veterinary visits are not only useful when an emergency arises, but also when identifying medical conditions and preventing future complications. As a pet owner, there are multiple reasons to visit the veterinary office, a few of which are outlined here:
Picking a Veterinarian
An important first step for any pet owner is choosing a veterinarian. Just as there is a large variation in doctors, from those providing homeopathic remedies to those readily writing prescriptions and encouraging elective surgery, there is a large variation in veterinarians. As the discipline of veterinary medicine advances, this variation is increasing. Because of this, it is important to take time to weigh your options and make an informed decision, considering personality compatibility, location, expense, and services offered. This can be done most effectively by visiting a variety of veterinary offices.
Once you have chosen a veterinarian, it is important to schedule visits for regular check-ups. Not only does this foster a comfortable and knowledgeable relationship between you, your pet, and your veterinarian, but it also creates opportunities for early identification and diagnosis of medical conditions. As with many problems, preventative care is more effective and less expensive than repairs; the same goes for your pet and veterinary medicine. Early diagnosis may also prevent a problem from developing further, potentially saving your pet’s life.
Of course, the most obvious time to visit your veterinarian is when an emergency arises. When you observe or suspect your pet is experiencing a harmful medical condition, immediately seek professional help. Though it may be tempting to wait out the symptoms in an effort to save money or avoid a veterinary visit, this is a bad idea. Animals are incapable of clearly explaining their pain or symptoms to you, so it is necessary to take them to a veterinarian with the knowledge and tools to accurately assess the situation.
Lastly, veterinary visits can provide you with helpful tips on caring for your pet. Even experienced pet owners can learn something new from a medical professional. For example, veterinarians can give you tips on choosing the right food for your pet. There is a great variation in pet foods and veterinarians can often help streamline the decision.
Overall, veterinary visits are helpful in a variety of ways, and the decision to choose a veterinarian, schedule regular check-ups, and make emergency visits should not be put off.