Love Your Pet. See A Vet.

Prioritize your pet’s health by scheduling regular visits to the veterinarian

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Responsible pet ownership means taking your pet to see a veterinarian at least once a year. Young animals may need more frequent visits to get all the necessary vaccinations to fully protect them.

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Taking your pet for regular veterinary visits is increasingly important for their overall health and wellbeing. Veterinarians provide care for the following during annual visits:

  • Preventive Care: Regular check-ups allow veterinarians to assess your pet’s overall health and catch any potential issues early, before they become serious or more costly to treat.
  • Vaccinations and Parasite Control: Annual visits ensure that your pet receives essential vaccinations to protect against contagious diseases. Veterinarians also administer preventive medications to control parasites such as fleas, ticks, and worms. State law requires every dog, cat or ferret older than four months to be vaccinated against rabies at all times.
  • Dental Health: Dental problems are common in pets and can lead to serious health issues if left untreated. Veterinarians can perform dental exams, cleanings and provide advice on at-home dental care during annual visits.
  • Nutritional Counseling: Proper nutrition is essential for your pet’s overall health and well-being. Veterinarians can assess your pet’s diet and make recommendations based on their age, breed, size, and any medical conditions they may have.
  • Early Detection of Health Issues: Pets are masters at hiding signs of illness or discomfort. During annual exams, veterinarians can detect subtle changes in your pet’s health that may indicate underlying medical conditions such as arthritis, kidney disease or cancer.
  • Behavioral Evaluation: Veterinarians can assess your pet’s behavior during annual visits and provide guidance on training, socialization, and addressing any behavioral issues.
  • Establishing a Relationship: Regular visits to the veterinarian help establish a trusting relationship between you, your pet and the veterinary team. This is known as a Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship, and is required in North Carolina for veterinary treatment of an animal. Developing a relationship with a veterinarian also makes it easier to address any concerns you may have about your pet’s health and ensures personalized care tailored to their needs.