Annual checkups are important for the health and longevity of our furry friends, but we need to ask the vet the right questions if we want to ensure our puppy pals stay fit, strong and happy. Here are a few things to consider asking the next time you take your dog for their checkup.
I know – getting your pup out of the car and into the vet’s office is a struggle. (I know my girls both go into full thrust reversal the second they recognize the vet’s neighborhood!) Nevertheless, even though you probably want to get them in and out of the office as quickly as possible, you still have to make sure your pup gets the full benefit of the doctor’s expertise. Since they can’t tell the vet their concerns, you’ll have to be your pooch’s proxy. Here are the most important health factors you should bring up to your vet during the next appointment.
- How much exercise do they need? Different dog breeds have different exercise requirements – a Greyhound will need significantly more activity than a Pekingese, for example. It’s important to ask the vet for clarification about what kind of exercise is good, too, since many dogs are prone to joint issues and excessive running may aggravate their condition.
- What is a good dental health routine? Keeping your dog’s teeth in good condition will not only enhance their quality of life, it might even prolong it. Ask what kind of daily regimen will keep their pearly whites strong and healthy.
- What is a good weight? There is no magic number that guarantees good health – your vet will have to physically examine your dog to determine if they could stand to lose a pound or two.
- What kind of food should they be eating? Your dog’s diet is a major factor in determining overall health, but your vet will have to take your dog’s lifestyle, breed, and current medical condition into account. No matter what your brand of choice is – Eukanuba, Beneful, or Zignature – DCM, kidney disease, obesity, and digestive issues can be addressed with the right diet program.
Your vet is the second most important figure in your dog’s life. Make sure you are vigilant about communicating your dog’s health care concerns if you want to make sure your dog stays energetic, happy, and healthy.
I’m a dog lover and parent to two feisty rescue pups. When I’m not blogging about dog health, I’m posting ridiculously adorable pictures of my girls on Instagram.