We all try our best to be good pet owners. After all, when you own a pet, it’s more than just an animal in your care. It’s a member of the family. There’s a reason why many of us call ourselves “pet parents”. With that being said, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with your day to day life and forget to visit your local veterinary clinic as much as you should. Therefore, you could very easily end up spending more on veterinary services than you need to, by having them taken care of at boutique clinics, or for that matter failing to have them taken care of in time. Animals, and particularly dogs, require a good bit of upkeep. Just like humans, if dogs miss their regular checkups and only visit the doctor when they’re already sick or injured, a lot of preventative care is neglected. This may lead to a need to visit a larger animal hospital in an emergency situation that could have been prevented. Not only will this cause you and your dog a lot of undue pain and stress; it will also, in the long term, cost more money.
A lot of veterinary services that we tend to forget about can easily be provided at a typical clinic. There’s a reason why your vet will often send reminders regarding the various types of care your dog needs over the year! Furthermore, if you haven’t yet settled on a veterinarian, perhaps now is the time to look into what you should seek from a vet’s office before settling on the right one for your dog. Let’s look into some of the different services you might not expect, but should find, at a vet clinic.
1. Nail Trimmings
While those with smaller dogs may not find nail trimmings to be very troublesome, though that isn’t always the case, those of us with larger dogs understand that it can be easier said than done. Unless trained to accept nail trimmings from a young age, something that is often unintentionally neglected among puppy owners, many dogs experience a great deal of anxiety when getting their nails trimmed. Though the procedure is painless, dogs expect pain from getting their nails trimmed, which can result in struggling at a minimum, and sometimes even some snapping or snarling. Therefore, it’s often a good idea to ask your vet to trim your pup’s nails while they’re at the vet’s. This can be incorporated into a regular checkup, and if your dog is already under a sedative for a procedure it can be even easier. No need to pay a premium at a breeder’s when you could have it done at the vet’s!
2. Teeth Cleanings
Many dog owners don’t realize that their beloved pet’s teeth need a lot of care, just like our own. There are consequences to leaving a dog’s teeth unbrushed. In fact, it’s estimated that most dogs and cats have some kind of periodontal disease by age three. This can result in pain, as well as a rotting or breaking of teeth that will conflict with your dog’s ability to eat safely. Among the more common veterinary services is having your dog’s teeth cleaned. This can easily be done at the vet’s, and regular and thorough treatments will result in stronger teeth.
Ideally, you’ll own your dog for its entire life. This means that eventually, you’ll own a senior dog. Even the healthiest of senior dogs deal with health problems that aren’t necessarily common among young dogs, and they must be tended to. For dogs with arthritis or other joint issues, certain therapies can help. This could involve pain medication, or it could involve having your dog engage in water therapy, which is offered among more simple veterinary services at certain animal hospitals. This will help encourage circulation and ensure that your dog will have a better range of motion when it walks, ultimately resulting in a healthier and happier life, even in its golden years.
There are so many reasons why you need to make sure that you’re visiting the vet with your dog regularly; but at the end of the day, the most important thing is ensuring your dog’s happiness.