Questions That Every Pet Owner Should Ask Their Veterinarian

vet dallas

Regular visits to the veterinary clinic are part of keeping your pet happy and healthy for life. You can be proactive about caring for your pet by asking your veterinarian certain questions about your animal’s health during your visit. Keep your pet as healthy as possible by asking these questions at your next appointment.

Is my pet overweight?
Just like their human family members, pets are living with an obesity crisis in the U.S. In fact, the Association for Pet Obesity and Prevention reports that more than 50% of U.S. pets are overweight. Being overweight can lead to significant health problems for your pet, from arthritis and joint pain to cancer. Your veterinarian can help you make a plan to increase your pet’s amount of exercise and to select weight-friendly foods, so that your pet can drop the extra pounds and reclaim his or her health.

Are my pet’s teeth healthy?
Dog and cat teeth cleaning is an important part of their overall well-being. However, many pet families don’t realize that their pets need dental care, which may explain why 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over three years of age have periodontal disease. Oral health problems can cause your pet pain and lead to systemic health issues, so getting on a teeth cleaning schedule is essential. Your vet can recommend ways to brush your pet’s teeth at home and may recommend periodic deep cleanings performed at the animal hospital.

What is this strange lump?
Pets develop benign lumps and skin changes as they age, but don’t assume that any such change in your pet is normal. Your veterinarian should check out all masses and skin changes to make sure they are not cancerous. If your vet is suspicious, he or she will perform a biopsy and help you decide what steps to take next.

We welcome all of your questions about your beloved pet when you visit Chastain Veterinary Medical Group in Dallas. Whether you need preventative care or emergency vet services, you can contact us today by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *