An estimated 32.4% of home owners have cats, while about 37.2% have dogs. But no matter what type of furry friend you have, you want to make sure that they are healthy and happy — and that all starts with taking them to a veterinary care center and asking lots of pet health questions.
Below are a list of pet health questions you should be asking your veterinarian technician at your next visit.
- What food is most healthy? Look for the main brand names of pet food — those are your safest bet. Dry food generally has more wholesome ingredients, but wet food is also a favorite among pets. Be sure to read the ingredients and look for any added coloring, flavors, or chemical preservatives. They should be certified by the Association of American Feed Control Officials.
- How much should I feed my pet? A common question among pet health questions, many Americans are surprised when their pets have put on weight and often can’t say no to begging. Each pet is different, so talk to your vet during a wellness exam to figure out exactly how much you should feed them.
- What is a wellness exam? This is an annual checkup for pets (like you would have an annual physical). Your vet will check their teeth, hair, ears, eyes, etc. This exam is to make sure your pet is growing healthy and remains strong.
- Is my pet overweight? A common concern, and therefore a common question. Dogs and cats under the age of 10 should visit a vet annually, while those over 10 should visit a vet every six months. These visits will ensure that your pet maintains a health weight because they will be appropriately monitored.
- What vaccinations should my pet receive? Vaccinations should be started when your pet is six weeks old. Puppies will receive the DALPP vaccine, while kittens will have the FVRCP vaccine. Having your pet vaccinated will prevent the need for emergency vet care in the future.
- Can my pet go outside? If you’ve purchased your pet from a breeder or a shelter, they should be able to tell you whether or not your pet is suited for the outdoor environment. Some dogs and cats should not be left outside. If your pet is fully vaccinated (and they are an outdoor pet), then you can let them run around.
- Should I brush their teeth? One of the quirkiest pet health questions out there, but needs to be answered nonetheless. However, there is no need to brush their teeth. Instead, take your pet to a professional. Proper tooth care can prevent heart and kidney disease.
These are just a few common questions vets get about their pets, but you are always invited to ask other questions during you and your pet’s visit. More research here: www.guilfordjamestownvet.com