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What to expect at your pet's annual check-up

Your pet's annual exam is an ideal time for your veterinarian to take a close look at the overall health of your pal. In addition to making sure vaccinations are up-to-date, it's also the perfect time for your veterinarian to check your pet for certain risk factors or early signs of disease that, if diagnosed early, can lead to faster treatment and better overall health.

Your pet's nose-to-tail check-up should include the following steps

  • Take pet's temperature
  • Examine skin and coat
  • Check both ears
  • Listen to lungs and heart
  • Feel the abdomen
  • Examine mouth and teeth
  • Check weight
  • Inspect eyes
  • Examine paws and toenails
  • Discuss a plan for follow up
  • Preventive care, including vaccinations or recommended lab work

Preparing for your pet's check-up

An annual exam is a good time to ask questions about your pet's diet, weight, behavior and any other concerns. Before you head to the veterinarian's office, make note of the following:

  • Any questions or concerns you want to discuss
  • The type and brand of food your pet eats
  • Names and dosages of medications or supplements your pet is taking

Could your pet have allergies?

Scratching, sneezing and coughing could indicate that your pet is suffering from seasonal allergies. To help manage symptoms and ease your furry friend's discomfort, talk to your vet about prescribing one or more of these treatments:

  • Shampoos
  • Topical treatments
  • Eye rinses
  • Ear cleaning solutions
  • Dietary changes

Have you scheduled your pet's annual exam? Annual check-ups are recommended for most pets ages one to 10 years. Younger and more senior animals, as well as certain breeds, may need to be seen more frequently. Keep in mind that you can use your CareCredit credit card for both services and products at participating veterinary practices.* Learn more and find a veterinarian near you who accepts CareCredit.

*Subject to credit approval.

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