Many of the same problems that affect people as they age, such as arthritis and diabetes, can also affect your pet. Making a few changes to the way you care for your furry friend will help you ens ...View Article
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Your pet's annual vet check-up will include a thorough physical examination of your pet from head to tail. It's a good idea to keep an accurate medical diary not only of the procedures and vaccinations your pet receives at the vet, but also of notes on things like your pet's elimination habits and any physical changes or unusual occurrences. Keep track of small shifts in your pet's behavior, including urinary marking habits and mood swings, along with diet and routine medications. Take this notebook when you visit the vet. These seemingly unrelated occurrences may help explain results of your pet's medical tests. Also, if you need to change vets, it's good to have this journal to provide a complete medical history.
Choose a veterinarian who is calm, compassionate and willing to explain all the procedures your pet undergoes, someone with whom both you and your pet feel comfortable. Select a clinic with qualified staff and facilities to perform procedures requiring anesthesia, such as teeth cleaning and other surgeries. Because of the general risks inherent to anesthesia, especially for very old, very young or very ill pets, your veterinarian may suggest a few tests, including lab work of blood and urine, before your pet is anesthetized.
If your pet's condition requires more extensive specialized care your veterinarian may refer you to a specialist, a veterinarian who has completed advanced studies in specific body systems such as internal medicine, dermatology (skin), orthopedics (bone/joint), or ophthalmology (eye).