Your Top Questions Answered
Have you ever wondered what your veterinarian is doing during a physical exam? Why does my pet need vaccinations? Are dentals really necessary? Below, Dr. Lothrop answers some of your most frequently asked questions.
What does a veterinarian do during a physical exam?
Your veterinarian will perform a head-to-toe examination so you can feel confident that your pet is healthy. They inspect the skin and fur, ears, eyes, and mouth for signs of any abnormalities. While it may look like they are just petting your animal, they are actively noting any enlarged lymph nodes, feeling their abdomens, and looking for any lumps and bumps your pet may have. They may take your pet's temperature and listen to their heart and lungs, all to ensure your pet is in optimal condition.
How important are vaccinations to the health of my pet?
Pet vaccinations are extremely important for the health of your animal. Vaccines protect your animal from contagious and potentially deadly illnesses that can be transmitted at dog parks, boarding and grooming facilities, and even in your own backyard. They are typically administered every one to three years, depending on the vaccine manufacturer's instructions and your veterinarian's recommendation.
Making sure your pet is up-to-date on his shots will help to ensure your pet can stay healthy year-round!
Are there any risks associated with vaccinations?
Just like any other medication, there are a few risks associated with vaccines. Vaccines work by stimulating your pet's immune system, so some pets may experience minor side effects following vaccination. In very rare instances, some pets may experience an allergic reaction following vaccination. However, the risk of these side effects are far less than the potential health problems associated with disease.
Are dentals really necessary?
Absolutely! Animals need to recieve dental care just like humans. The mouth can harbor infected gums, loose teeth, objects stuck between teeth, tumors, and lots of other surprises you may not even know about! Many pet owners don't notice their pet showing signs of discomfort, but your pet's overall health may vastly improve when proper attention is paid to dental hygiene! Plus clean teeth make your pet's breath smell better, making those slobbery kisses more enjoyable!