An ounce of paw-vention is worth a pound of cure

By Connie Orcutt • Published: June 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves

Your pet can’t tell you where it hurts, so it’s up to you to watch for signs of health problems.

Clues aren’t always obvious, but regular wellness exams will help your veterinarian find small problems before they become big ones. Every year for a dog or cat is equivalent to five to seven human years, so wellness exams should be performed annually and more often as your pet ages.

During the checkup, discuss any changes in your pet’s exercise, appetite or weight, as well as abnormal behavior, recent travel or contact with other animals. Depending on your pet’s history, age and exam findings, your veterinarian may recommend tests, vaccinations or other measures. And don’t forget wellness exams for your bird, reptile or hamster.

So work to keep the small problems small and stay on top of wellness.