When Should You Take Your Dog to the Local Vet?

Adopting a new puppy can be really exciting, but after all of the initial veterinarian appointments, you might not know when to bring your growing dog to local vets next. Today, we are going to help you figure out when you should bring your dog to the vet.

Yearly Check-Ups

One of the most important times to bring your dog to the vet is for their yearly check-up. This appointment is very important to ensure your dog is growing properly and they are healthy. At these checkups, your veterinarian will check to make sure your dog doesn’t have any hidden problems occurring. These appointments can help you prevent any serious problems from staying undiscovered.

Your Dog Isn’t Eating or Is Eating Too Much

If you notice your dog isn’t jumping for joy like usual every time you feed them lately and they are barely eating or not eating anything at all, it’s time to visit local vets. This could be a sign that something is wrong. Your dog could be having digestive issues and eating food could be hurting them. On the other hand, if your dog is eating more food than usual, this could be another cause for concern, so visit local vets to find out what the issue is.

Sudden Weight Loss

If you start to notice that you can see your dog’s bones more than you could have before through their fur, you should take them to the local pet hospital. If a dog is losing weight too fast, this could be a whole other issue that you need to get addressed. You can ask your vet how much weight loss is cause for concern, so you can be aware.

Vomiting or Diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are natural parts of anyone’s body, but if they become frequent, you should take your dog to one of your local pet hospitals. They may be dehydrated or there could be other underlying causes. If you see any blood in their vomit or diarrhea, take your dog to the vet immediately.

Difficulty Breathing

Puppies can sometimes play a little too hard and pant for a little bit after a hard playtime, but if you notice your dog is panting when they haven’t done any physical activity and it isn’t a hot temperature, there may be an issue. You can also tell this is an issue if you hear your dog making weird noises you’ve never heard while breathing or if they are puffing their lips when they breathe.

All of these are very important times to take your dog to the vet. According to pawsomeadvice.com, there are about 123,472 veterinarians currently practicing in the U.S. This means there are so many vets to choose from for your dog. So, contact us today to see how we can take care of your dog.


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From check in to check out our appointments are always great! Dr. Dave is wonderful, he spent so much time with us with our son’s new puppy, making sure he was part of the decisions, learning, and discussions. He made sure to check in on our other dogs as well! I can’t say enough praise for him, we are looking forward to seeing him again! Even on check out they made sure to run down everything with my son, letting him be involved in every aspect of the appointment, it was a great experience!

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