Little Fido will need to see the vet a few times during that crucial first year. In addition to his initial exams, your four-legged bundle of fur will need to be microchipped and spayed or neutered. This is also the time to get your canine friend started on his vaccinations and parasite control. While you’re there, get some specific recommendations on your dog’s diet, care, and exercise needs.
Once Fido is fully grown, he may only need to come in once or twice a year for exams, vaccines, and parasite control. When your pet is a year old, you’ll want to add regular dental checkups to his appointments. Keeping Fido healthy during this stage of his life means paying very close attention to his diet and exercise needs. Ask your vet for advice.
As Fido ages, he will slow down, and could develop various age-related ailments. Dogs often experience many of the same types of health issues as older people do, such as arthritis and vision and hearing problems. Your pooch may need more frequent veterinary appointments when he reaches his golden years. Regular exams will allow your vet to closely monitor your furry companion’s health, and address any potential issues early on. You’ll also want to get updated advice on your pet’s care regimen. Your loyal friend may also benefit from pain management treatment.
Signs of Sickness
At all phases of Fido’s life, it’s important to watch for potential signs of illness. Some common ones are vomiting; diarrhea; lethargy; crankiness; loss of appetite; and unusual postures, behavior, or vocalization. If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, or if your canine pal just doesn’t seem like himself, contact your vet immediately. When it comes to treating health issues in our furry friends, the sooner a problem is diagnosed and treated, the better!
Do you have questions about your dog’s veterinary care needs? Call us, your Frisco, TX animal clinic, anytime! We are happy to help!