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Do You Know How Often Your Pet Should See the Vet?

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Do You Know How Often Your Pet Should See the Vet?

Of course you know that in order for your dog or cat to stay healthy they need regular checkups, but do you know how often they should see a veterinarian at Norridge Animal Hospital? Sure a great deal of that depends on your animal’s lifestyle and in part on the breed, but there are actually some guidelines that you can use to follow. At least that can take some of the confusion out of the whole thing and even keep your pet safer.

Kittens and Puppies from Birth to a Year Old

This is when your little one will begin getting his or her vaccines every 3 to 4 weeks until they are 16 weeks old. Puppies will need vaccines for rabies, distemper, and also kennel cough, the flu, and Lyme disease and decided upon by yourself and your vet. Cats will be tested for feline leukemia and the immunodeficiency virus. They will also receive vaccinations for several feline diseases. It is at this point in their life that they will very likely start on heartworm medication along with flea and tick preventative medications. The veterinarian will also complete a full examination to be sure that your animal is healthy and growing properly.

Adults Between One to 7 Years of Age

During this time of their lives, your vet will do a complete examination yearly, including a blood sample to check for heartworms. If it is the first yearly checkup, then booster shots for rabies and distemper-parvo will be given and then every three years after that. If possible, it is helpful to bring in a stool sample, so it can be tested for parasites.

Adults Between 8-10 Years of Age

At this stage of your pet’s life, check-ups are now recommended to be held twice yearly. Vaccinations will be given as needed. You should always be sure to mention any changes you have noticed in your dog or cat’s regular schedule as these can be signs of a new problem. At Portage Park Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic, we are able to meet the needs of your pets from birth to the later years of their lives.

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