How Often Should My Pet See the Veterinarian?
This is a common question, but unfortunately the answer isn’t so black and white – it’s more of a grayish hue. Like people, every pet is unique, but unlike people there are FAR more differences and variables that make each animal unique.
Dogs and Dog Breeds:
It’s amazing to think that an animal such as a Great Dane is genetically related (99% same DNA!) to a two-pound Chihuahua, but they are indeed the same species. Though there are many wellness protocols that apply to both breeds, there are significant differences that must be taken into account regarding their health. For example, smaller dogs tend to have a longer life span than larger ones. A Great Dane at the age of 7 is considered a “senior pet” while a Chihuahua of this age would be considered a young adult. If we compare it to humans, the Dane is approximately eighty years old whereas the Chihuahua is a mere 35. Obviously, an eighty-year-old person is going to have much different medical needs than a 35 year old. It is important to talk with your veterinarian near Rockville to make a plan for your pet’s medical needs.
Cats do not have the same extremes in diversity as dogs do, but they still can have specific traits that may require more frequent trips to the veterinarian. For example, some cats are prone to a dental disease that is specific ONLY to their species – FORLS (Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions). We are not yet clear on the cause, but the disease process causes a progressive destruction of the teeth and can be VERY painful. If your cat has been diagnosed with FORLS, he or she may need more frequent follow-ups than other cats.
The age of your pet will be a major determining factor for how often they need to visit your veterinarian in Rockville. Puppies and kittens require frequent visits to receive the proper vaccine boosters (typically, every three weeks until they are about 16 weeks old). Once they reach a year, your vet may recommend annual or semi-annual examinations. Senior pets may need to be seen more often depending on their overall health status.
The bottom line is that there is no “one size fits all model” for healthcare in pets. Contact Holistic Veterinary Healing for team of dedicated staff that can help you create a wellness plan that best suits your furry friend’s individual needs. For more information, visit holisticveterinaryhealing.com
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