Why you should see a vet

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Do You Have Regular Vet Check Up’s

Dogs are an important part of the family just like children.  I am sure like a lot of people if you feel a bit under the weather you go to the Doctors or if you have children you make sure they have regular checkups,  vaccinations etc.  So why should your dog be different?

Don’t just take your dog to the very when he is showing signs of illness or has had a nasty accident and you need professional help.  As a London based dog walker I often get asked about taking dogs to the vets and below are some reasons why you should

Annual Vaccinations – It is important as well as the puppy vaccinations that you take your dog to have the annual boosters.  These boosters can prevent various illnesses and diseases and so help keep your dog healthy and prolong their life span,

Ear Mites – Many dogs suffer from ear mites.It is important to get the vet to check  your dogs ears regularly so the mites can be treated with an effective medication,

Fleas and Ticks – These are one of the most common parasites that any dog owner has to deal with and because of today’s modern living they are not just a summer pest but all year round. Your vet can help you avoid getting flea infestations etc.  You can also try some natural flea and tick remedies
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Worms – Like fleas, worms  are  common parasites that  can infest your dog and  are preventable or easily treated.  However there are so many different types of worms requiring  different medications.  For example,  Lung worm is potentially life threatening and needs to be taken seriously. As a professional London based Dog Walker I would always advise seeking guidance from your vet.

Dental Health – see our article on  teeth and also on lift that lip but it is important to keep on top of dental hygiene as bacteria in the mouth can cause all types of problems if left un-monitored

Diet/Nutrition – A regular weigh in  is essential to keep an eye on your dogs weight.Obesity in dogs is on the rise ( just as it is in humans) and keeping your dog at a good weight will help avoid him developing problems such as diabetes,heart conditions and joint problems.If your dog is a little overweight you can then discuss nutrition with your vet

Older Dogs –  If you have a dog aged 7 + it is classed as an “older “ dog. It is important to take your dog more often (probably every 6 months) to pick up on any medical problems.  Blood and urine tests will help pick up on any potential problems

Remember, your dog’s health is just as important as you and your  family’s. Prevention is always better than cure, so for a long healthy life  my advice as a London based dog walker is to get your dog’s health checked regularly by the vet  at least once a year when you have the annual boosters