When To Visit The Vet

Many people wonder about taking their cats and dogs to the animal
clinic/hospital. What really necessitates a visit is a question we often
hear. The following information should help with determining if a visit is
necessary.

1. Right after the new animal comes home. Even if the new pet has been
altered and had shots, it is a good idea to let your vet meet the new
companion and give it a good “once over.” That way, the vet is familiar
with the animal if something comes up. Also remember, dogs need heartworm
preventative and oftentimes flea prevention. You don’t have to go the next
day, but within fourteen days is a good idea.

2. At least once a year for a routine physical and any necessary
immunizations.

3. If any of the following symptoms show up:
· Blood in the stool or urine
· Weight loss
· Limping
· Vomiting especially if there is blood
· Eating and drinking habits change
· Litter box habits change
· Loss of energy or seeming depressed
· Open sores on any part of the body
· Excessive sneezing or discharge from nose, ears, eyes
· Any lumps or growths

4. Once at the animal clinic, be prepared to answer in detail these
questions:
· Is the animal alert and active?
· How have the eating or drinking habits changed?
· What is the animal vomiting?
· What type of discharge have you noticed?
· When did the sore appear? Has it changed?
· Is the animal showing signs of pain?
· When did you first notice the problem?
· How rapid has the weight loss been?

Remember, with your cat or dog, it is best to find out what the problem is
rather than assume it will go away.