If you own a dog or a puppy, you know that part of being a responsible owner means taking your canine to the veterinarian about once a year. Veterinarians provide a lot of important services. Look at five of the most common services provided by vets throughout the country.
Most vets recommend dog vaccinations at certain times throughout a dog’s life. Rabies, parvo and distemper shots are all examples of vaccinations that are essential for dogs and cats. Dogs that are vaccinated against these conditions are protected from serious illness. Check with your vet on how often you need to obtain these shots for your dog. Some vets give dog owners a schedule, so they can monitor when their dog’s next vaccination is coming due.
Did you know that many vets offer nail clipping services for dogs? Some dogs don’t mind having their nails trimmed or clipped while others get really uncomfortable with the process. They move around, tremble and start to pant out of nervousness. A vet has the equipment to get your dog’s nails clipped in a safe way. Plus, when you take your dog into the vet for this service, you don’t have to deal with the stress and worry that come with trying to tackle this sensitive task. When a dog’s nails are clipped, it is better able to walk, run and scratch itself without mishap.
Your vet is very likely to offer basic checkup services including checking your dog’s weight, blood pressure, eye health, heart health, lungs and more. Having a checkup like this once a year can help you monitor possible health problems as your dog ages. The quicker you catch a problem, the better chance you have of treating it before it gets worse. Creating a relationship with a vet means you have someone who can track the progress of your dog’s health and give you valuable information on how to change your dog’s diet and care as it gets older.
Removal of Foreign Objects from Paws
A dog doesn’t have to be very active to get something stuck in its foot. Veterinarians are accustomed to removing objects that get stuck in a dog’s paws. Thorns, needles, small nails and sharp twigs are just some of the things that may end up stuck in a dog’s paw. A vet can remove the object in a safe way. In addition, he or she can treat the wound to prevent infection. A vet may need to use anesthesia to take out the foreign object depending on how deep it is within the paw. Not surprisingly, taking a foreign object out of a dog’s paw can be tricky. That’s why it’s best to consult a vet if this happens as opposed to trying to remove it yourself.
Treatment for Poisoning
Sometimes dogs ingest materials that can be poisonous to them. For instance, a dog may drink from a pool of water in the street that contains anti-freeze. Anti-freeze tastes sweet prompting the dog to ingest more of it. Also, dogs have a taste for chocolate which can be very harmful to them. There are various types of plants such as foxglove and tulips that are poisonous to dogs as well. A vet can treat a dog that’s ingested a poisonous substance and may keep them overnight to observe their condition. This is one of the most helpful services offered by a veterinarian.
These are just five of the many services a veterinarian provides to dog owners. If your dog is ill or has a condition you want checked out, it’s best to call the vet in order to describe your pet’s symptoms. A qualified veterinarian is always glad to accept new patients.