As you know from our previous posts about Hill’s new prescription diet food, we work hard to keep our pets’ weight at a good level. We’re not always successful–sometimes extra treats creep in or activity levels diminish due to weather or just life getting in the way sometimes. But, on a day by day basis, we really strive to keep everyone at a healthy weight. If you followed along with Coco’s weight loss journey on CatTipper using the Metabolic Diet prescription food, you saw the change in her, both physically and in her behavior.
But weight is just part of the picture. Regular vet visits are also play a big part in keeping your pet healthy. Just as you visit your doctor every year, it’s important to visit your veterinarian at least once a year. According to Dr. Ashley Gallagher, veterinarian at the Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington D.C., “Dogs and cats age much faster than us, so missing even one yearly appointment could be like you not visiting your doctor for over 5 years!”
At those annual visits, your vet has the opportunity to catch sometimes subtle symptoms that your dog might be masking–and you might be missing. Catching problems early doesn’t just spell a better chance of success for your pet but also a win for your wallet. Gallagher reminds pet lovers, “Annual checkups also allow your vet to more easily spot problems at their earliest stages, when they can often be handled simply and cost effectively.”
Annual exams also mean that you’ll have a working relationship with your veterinarian so that, if a problem arises, you can call on your vet for quick assistance. When Irie tore her ACL this past week, we knew immediately there was a problem, and our veterinarian managed to work us into the schedule that very morning for x-rays and a referral to a specialist. Being able to be worked into the schedule, as we were, is far less costly than a trip to the emergency vet, which can cost anywhere from $50 to $2,000 more than routine office visits according to the American Pet Products Association’s National Pet Owner Survey for 2013-14 .
Sadly, the survey showed that 26 percent of dog owners don’t visit the vet until their pet is sick . And it’s even worse for cats; the survey revealed that 28 percent of cat owners hadn’t visited the vet in the past 12 months. Our cat Lucky just loves the vet and all the attention he receives there!
We know that we could all use an extra $100 to go toward our next vet checkup–so we want to share a great weekly giveaway underway now. Hill’s is giving away a $100 prize good towards a vet checkup every day for 90 days! To enter, visit the Science Diet page. Good luck!
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