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Why Annual Exams Keep Our Pets Healthy

For many of us, a pet cancer diagnosis is a loud wake-up call to be more vigilant about our animals’ health. Suddenly, we get an education we never wanted or expected, and we’re thrown into the world of advanced veterinary specialty care before we even learned anything about the basics.

Fact: Pets age faster than we do, so missing even one yearly checkup
can be like us not visiting a doctor for over five years!

Partners for Healthy Pets

Let’s see a show of hands; for those of us whose pets have been diagnosed with cancer, how many of us were committed to annual veterinary check-ups while they were completely healthy?

We’ll go first: when it came to our time with Tripawds founder Jerry G. Dawg, he rarely saw the vet until the dreaded osteosarcoma limp developed. His successor Wyatt Ray Dawg has the benefit of our learning curve, and he gets annual check-ups at the Community Practice Clinic at Colorado State.

Wyatt’s check-up at CSU

We live, and we learn. And our pets get the benefit of our new-found knowledge. Becoming educated about our pet’s health care needs is our greatest responsibility as pet parents.

It’s  a process that kinda looks like this:

  1. Learn the basics about your pet’s health needs at every life stage
  2. Train yourself to be a better medical advocate for your pet
  3. Develop a strong relationship with your vet through annual check-ups
  4. Be vigilant about your pet’s lifestyle, behavior and diet
  5. Report any changes to your vet

Now is the time to commit to an annual check-up before a potential problem appears. It’s so much easier to prevent disease than treat it — and less expensive too.

Your Pet Health Education Starts Here

After making the check-up appointment, hop on over to Partners for Healthy Pets’ “Healthy Checkup” website to learn

  • How your vet will examine your dog or cat
  • What signs of potential problems they’ll be looking for
  • The best questions to ask your vet during the exam, and more!

This fun resource is a great way to learn what to expect at your annual vet exam appointment. Check it out and let us know what you’ve learned about the state of your dog or cat’s health after you see your vet! We’d love to hear your thoughts below.

Partners For Healthy Pets is a committee of the non-profit American Veterinary Medical Foundation dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of America’s pets through regular preventive healthcare.

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5 thoughts on “Why Annual Exams Keep Our Pets Healthy”

  1. Excelent post! it’s never enough to tell people how important routine check ups are for your pets. It can help save money and save them. People tend to take their pets to the vet when there is something wrong with them but we should do it to prevent something worse happen to them.

    Thank you for sharing such important info.

  2. I cannot thank you enough for this! I’m a certified veterinary technician that works full time in oncology as well as part time in a general practice. The hardest part to my job is explaining to people why they need routine checkups with their pets, especially healthy ones! It’s just not something people see as preventative care. You are 100% correct that it is easier and less costly to prevent disease than treat it, yet people often feel a clean bill of health on an exam is a waste of money. Thank you so very much for helping get the message across.
    Liz Phipps, CVT


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