We here at All Creatures Hospital receive a lot of questions from pet owners, with many of them coming from new or soon-to-be pet owners. To save you time, we have put together a quick list of the top FAQs our veterinary hospital receives from pet owners, as well as some tips on when your pet may need to see a vet.
How Often Should My Pet See the Vet?
Much like people, dogs and cats should regularly visit a clinic for routine care. How often they will need to be seen by one of our vets, however, will depend largely on the age of the pet.
- Kittens and Puppies: Before your pet is 16 weeks old, your puppy or kitten should see us every three to four weeks. Young animals should visit us again at six months where we will spay or neuter your pet and ensure that they are healthy. We will discuss other important things such as training, housebreaking, and socialization.
- Adults to 7-10 Years: Depending on the breed or the health of the pet, your dog or cat may only need to see us here at All Creatures Hospital once a year, where it will receive a head-to-tail physical examination. If vaccinations are due, we will administer these. We may request a stool sample to rule out the presence of internal parasites.
- Seniors 7-10 Years and Older: Older pets benefit from bi-annual check-ups, and we tend to request tests such as blood tests and urine tests more regularly to make sure your pet’s kidneys, thyroid hormone levels, and other items are healthy.
Is Vomiting Unusual for My Pet?
Your pet vomiting once is not a reason to rush it to a veterinary hospital. Just as with human beings, our dogs and cats will throw up to eliminate something that has not agreed with their tummies. If, however, any of the points below are true about your pet’s vomiting, you should see us at All Creatures Hospital as soon as possible.
- Frequent vomiting
- Blood is present in the vomit
- Your pet has a fever
When Should I Bring My Pet in if it Has Unusual-Looking Stool?
As with vomiting, it is not uncommon for a dog or a cat to suffer from a bout of diarrhea or hard stools from time to time. However, it is important to keep in mind that constant diarrhea (diarrhea which lasts for longer than two days) is abnormal and your pet should pay a visit to a veterinary hospital as soon as possible. Be sure to make note of the stool’s features, including the shape of the stool, if there is blood or mucous present, and if your pet has been straining while eliminating.