Providing the right care for your furbaby is as vital as looking after yourself, and that includes knowing the questions to ask your vet the next time you go in for a check-up. Below are five questions to ask your vet.
Questions to Ask your Vet
What preventatives should my dog be taking?
Preventative treatments such as heartworm treatments will go a long way in preventing heartworm disease which is transmitted by nasty mosquitoes. If left untreated it can cause serious health issues for your dog.
Flea and ticks prevention is also a must as fleas can infest not only your dog but also your home and can be very hard to exterminate. Fleas can cause nasty rashes and other skin infections.
Paralysis ticks can cause death if not found in a timely matter. Brown ticks can produce a range of illnesses if left untreated. Ticks can carry a range of diseases such as Lyme disease.
These preventative treatments are available in different forms, such as oral, topical and collars.
Also related: Ticks on Dogs
What diet is best for my dog?
When it comes to diet, every dog is different and having an in-depth discussion with your vet on what is best specifically for your dog is going to weed out the middleman such as marketing to tell you which dog food is best and how much to feed.
Your veterinarian will help you to decipher the product labels and help you make an educated decision on the suitable food options.
How do I prevent dental disease?
Tooth decay or dental disease is one of the most common health concerns for dog owners. Bad breath, stained teeth, inflamed gums are all signs of dental disease. If left untreated it can cause health concerns later on in life.
Your veterinarian will complete a dental checkup (usually offered as a free service in most vet clinics) and will offer a dental plan. A dental plan can include a scale and clean, daily brushing, dental chews and change of diet.
Also related: Dog Dental Care
How much exercise should my dog get a day?
Exercise is an essential part of life, but each dog will be different regarding physical requirements.
For example; Harley who is a toy poodle requires at least thirty minutes of exercise a day which is broken up into sections of ten minutes. Harley is highly active and needs to burn off her energy.
The amount of physical exercise required will depend on breed, age, and mobility.
Is my dog predisposed to certain health conditions?
Certain dog breeds will inherit specific health conditions known to that particular breed.
For example; Harley is a toy poodle and highly active, this breed is known for ACL injuries (Anterior Cruciate Ligament), and Harley being only four years old had surgery in February 2017 for an ACL injury.
Knowing what you can expect and educating yourself on know health conditions will help get a better understanding of your dog and breed type. Early disease recognition may help treat and prolong your dog’s life.
Over to you: Do you have any other questions to ask your vet?
Gina and Harley