You may not think about taking your dog to the veterinarian unless it's time to get a vaccination or an illness of some kind is suspected. But there are plenty of good reasons to take your dog to the veterinarian for check-ups on a regular basis. So if you aren't already scheduling regular check-ups with your vet, now is a good time to start doing so. Here are just a few reasons to take your dog in for regular check-ups in the coming years:
Catch Underlying Problems Early
While your dog's behavior can alert you when something might be wrong with their health, they can't always let you know when something is wrong. So small problems could go undetected and turn into more serious health issues as time goes on. But if you take your dog to the vet on a regular basis for check-ups, any small health problems that your dog might be developing can be caught and treated early before they become too serious or costly to treat. And serious health issues, such as cancer, can be caught before it spreads through your dog's body and becomes untreatable altogether.
Maintain a Stress-Free Vet Experience
Taking your dog to the vet for check-ups on a regular basis will help get your dog used to the experience so they're more relaxed and less stressed out during their vet visits. Your dog will be used to the routine of getting in and out of the car in the vet's parking lot and behaving well in the waiting room. And your dog will get to know the vet well over time, which will help make the experience less stressful if an overnight stay becomes necessary for some reason.
Stay on Top of the Latest Treatment Options
Visiting your vet for regular check-ups will also give you an opportunity to stay on top of the latest treatments options as they become available. For example, when a new flea treatment becomes available, your vet can tell you about it during a check-up so you replace the old treatments you've been using if you want to. Scheduling regular check-ups for your dog will also give you an opportunity access the latest supplements, special diet food blends, hair care products, and other products that your veterinarian sells.
Contact your veterinarian to schedule a check-up and to learn more about what you and your dog can expect when you show up for your appointment.