Start with an physical exam. Pet care is best approached by prevention. While paying for an exam when your 5 year old dog may seem unnecessary you may be thwarting off a problem in early stages that prevents worse problems down the road. For example, simply having your DVM evaluate your pet’s weight may help you transition to that weight loss program that you have been ignoring. Obesity occurs in 20% of animals and leads to diabetes, hip and heart issues. Or perhaps the habitual cat halitosis may be as simple as some home care steps. Maybe learning how to clean your dog’s ears will bring awareness of what healthy ears look like versus mild redness and swelling which can escalate to serious disease. Maybe your 14 year old cat lost a lot of weight. This can be a big indicator of other problems and the weight would not have been noticed at home.
If you think your cat is chewing the food differently maybe it is a bad tooth. Guess what?; our clinic does free dental exams. The hardest part is making the phone call.
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