Do you show up for your annual health check-up? If yes, then you must know and believe that the same is necessary for your pet. Also, do you feel stressed and nervous before the check-up? Your pet might not show it, but since it has its sense of perception that makes it perceive that it will walk into an ambiance that will be different from home, they too can feel stressed and nervous. Therefore, much as you should, you need to opt-in for the check-up and prepare for it so that it takes place smoothly. 

There are several online videos that can let you know what to expect in such a check-up. Referring to them is a good idea. But don’t create a rigid idea in your mind based on these inputs. Keep an open mind and your pet might need certain tests and check-ups that others pet’s might not. 

The objective of an annual check-up for your pet 

There are pet owners who rush to the vet when they find that there is a health concern with their pets. Hence, they often find it difficult to believe why they must opt for the annual check-up. The fact to consider here is that only some pet owners will take their pets to the clinic every month. And considering the pollution level and the virus making the rounds, a pet can develop specific disease symptoms which should be treated adequately. It is enough a reason for pet owners to consider their pet’s checkup important annually. 

Where do you get started here? All you need to do is get in touch with your vet and let them know you wish to opt-in for an annual check-up for the pet. They will provide you with the relevant details. Either they will ask you to get the check-up done in their clinic or suggest another medical venue for the same. You need to follow what the vet tells you and ask for guidance as and when necessary. 

Get prepared in advance

Once you have decided to get the annual check-up done for your pet, ensure that you enquire about the date and time beforehand. Usually, the vet will suggest a particular day and time of the month that you need to reserve from beforehand. And it only makes sense because you can fix a date from your busy schedule and know that you need to attend it. Otherwise, if the vet suggests a date three days in advance, it might be challenging for you to show up for the check-up. When you prepare beforehand, you will get the required time to get hold of all the necessary medical documents. You could have had to get your pet vaccinated a month or two before. In that case, you must get hold of the document and vaccination certificate. 

That is not all. Similar to an annual health check-up for humans, the check-up for a pet also costs a certain amount. You should save for the same, which is why preparing beforehand is essential. Some clinics expect you to pay a part of it beforehand, or there could be a check-up reservation fee, which will make it challenging for you if you suddenly get to pay for it. In such cases, an advance planning is always helpful. 

Things that you will expect for the annual check-up 

Now that you have decided to get the yearly health check-up for your pet, you need to expect a few things and stay prepared for the same. Here are a few that you need to stay concerned about:

  1. Taking good care of your pet 

It is something that you need to do irrespective of any check-up. But since you have decided to opt-in for an annual check-up, you will get an in-depth peek-a-boo about the pet’s health. If something is already wrong, chances are you will get to know after the check-up. But certainly, you wouldn’t want to add to the existing share of physical discomforts or imbalances. Therefore, you have to ensure that your pet stays well-hydrated and in a stable physical condition by consuming the right food. When you opt-in for the check, there shouldn’t be any wayward fluctuations because of a bad diet or poor routine. That is something that you can target for. 

  1. Be ready for an in-depth question-and-answer round

Know that the annual check-up is an extended version of the regular check-ups. Based on this check-up, chances are you will draw up a long-term health and diet plan for your pet. Hence, don’t expect it to get completed fast. In fact, you need to get prepared for a detailed question-and-answer session with the vet. A few questions are slightly silly. It could be as simple as, “Is your dog eating well?”. On the other hand, a few questions might become slightly embarrassing, such as, “How is the dog poop in terms of its shape and size?”. Regardless of any question, you have to answer your vet so that they get all the detailed data and valuable information to decide whether your pet is healthy. 

That means you need to have ample patience to understand the questions and answer them accordingly. Providing the correct details to the vet is crucial to creating the health and treatment plan for the pet. The questions will focus on the pet’s behavior, nutrition, overall health, and exercise habits. For instance, you might not notice, but the pet might have a pain in a specific part of the abdomen in a mild form. It only gets detected when the vet touches and scans the pet overall. The reason could be severe or non-serious, but it certainly needs treatment. The vet might detect allergies in a mild and benign form during this session and ask you questions related to it, which might revolve around the pet’s daily bathing routine, outdoor activity chart, and the ambiance in your house. You need to provide all the pertinent details. 

Having said that, as a pet owner, you can use this session to your advantage. Here you can ask any doubts about the pet. For instance, if you think your pet gets tired during morning walks or becomes extra exhausted after dinner, go ahead and discuss it with the vet. Know that no questions and concerns are silly. Everything linked to your pet’s health has a meaning, and you can always ask for medical help and assistance through the annual check-up. In fact, it’s better to become observant and note down your questions in advance. 

  1. Don’t get scared by what you get to know 

Sometimes, even humans are only aware of a gallbladder disease once they have undergone a full-body check-up during the annual health test. The same applies to your pet. At times, pets have been detected with liver disease, diabetes, and other ulcers and tumors during the annual test. Pet owners sometimes don’t go for the test to avert the shock of such findings. It is not a commendable act. It will put your pet’s health in further danger and sometimes lead to a tragic death. It might double up the medical expenses as well. Instead, go with an open mind to the check-up and take the outcome with an open mind. Know that any ailment can get cured when you have access to the correct treatment and medicine.

Also, you need to be made aware of what is going on with the pet’s body to provide the correct nutrition and medicines for the pet to heal. Therefore, getting scared is not the way to go about it. Go ahead with the test and treat what needs to get treated. 

  1. The check-up activities

At times the, pet owners need to be aware of how their pet would get checked! It can create a sense of fear in them. Once you know, it can help to bring about security. For instance, during this check-up, the vet will listen intently to the beat of the heart and the lung sound of your pet. A cat’s and dog’s bodies behave rather differently than a human’s. Hence, a certain beat would signify something. And it can let the vet know whether or not your pet is in good health. They will also watch the way the pet walks and assess its gait. They will check their pet’s eye to search for allergy signs, vision strength, and whether there is any redness, tearing and discharge. They will also detect whether there are eyelid issues or not. The vet will also assess the pet’s coat to see if there is dandruff development or excess hair fall and address the inner causes that are causing the same. 

Since, your pet perceives that it will undergo an overall test and check-up it can get slightly shocked or scared. In both cases, you need to show much love and care to your pet so that it doesn’t get agitated, as that will affect the medical test records, which is not favorable in anyways.