Just like humans, regular maintenance and preventative care is necessary to maintain your dog’s overall health.
While many pet parents agree that their dogs should have routine check-ups, they may not always agree on how often a trip to the vet should occur. But there’s a good reason for that.
Every dog is different when it comes scheduled vet visits. For some pets, the frequency of their check-ups could depend on their age. For others, it might be based on their health, breed or specific condition.
There are some general guidelines, though, about how often a dog should see the vet. Hopefully, The Barking Lot‘s timeline below will give pet parents a better idea of the age range and type of visit to should expect as your pet grows and matures.
Puppy to 1 Year
It’s recommended that newborn pups to go to the vet every 3 to 4 weeks. During that time, they’ll receive immunizations until they’re about 16 weeks old. At this age, dogs should be vaccinated against rabies, kennel cough, influenza, distemper-parvo and Lyme disease.
For those pets who live in a heavy flea and tick environment, your dog will also be receiving medication to protect against parasites. This is also the time when you should discuss diet and dog training with your vet.
1 Year to 7 Years
Between year 1 and 7 is considered the adult stage of a dog’s life. Your vet will usually recommend seeing your pet once a year. How often your pooch takes a trip to the vet is dependent upon his breed and type.
During these visits, the vet will do a complete physical, take blood samples and administer vaccinations. Some of the things they’ll be looking out for are rabies, distemper-parvo and other common diseases. They may also check your dog’s teeth and request a sample of his stool to check for internal parasites.
7 to 10 Years and Older
As dogs get older, they require a little more care. Many vets will suggest a checkup about every 6 months to conduct an exam, monitor thyroid levels and do blood and urine tests to check the liver and kidneys.
This is also a time when the vet will bring up dietary changes, if necessary. Preventative care is important especially as your dog matures. Keeping up with routine visits will ensure that your furry friend enjoys along a healthy life.