Thursday, June 19, 2014

Why We Do It

I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but bear with me. There is a great organization called 'Partners For Healthy Pets'. They offer great advice and you can find them here. They want everyone to know that annual checkups are vitally important for our pets. In fact they say that annual checkups are as essential as food and love. I was contacted by them and they asked me to remind all of you to get your pets checked by your veterinarian.
We take all our dogs to the vet whenever a problem arises, but we also do a regular annual check up even if we don't have a complaint at the time. Morgan and Fudge get checked every six months because of their senior status.

You might wonder why we go for an annual checkup when it seems like we're at the vet's office every week for something, but consider these events.

At our annual checkup which always includes a geriatric blood test for everyone, even those who aren't yet seniors, we discovered that Sebastian had pancreatitis which could be life threatening without treatment.
Last month when everyone saw Dr B, we discovered that Bailey needed treatment for her thyroid.
We found a skin cancer on Fudge that was safely removed and he's now cancer free.
We discovered that Morgan wasn't just fading away from old age, she had an extremely low thyroid level that was causing many problems for her. Now, with treatment, she's alert and active and getting into trouble again. Don't count her out yet.
Without our annual checkups we could have lost these dogs too soon and they could have suffered greatly. Now with appropriate care each of them can live happy, healthy lives.

If your pet hasn't seen the vet recently, make an appointment soon. It could give you many happy healthy years together.


scotsmad said...

We always have our annual checkups. Actually, the Vet sends a reminder if SHE forgets when it's due.

Dui is going in for his final baby needle today, so soon he'll be able to join in with the BIG dogs.

XXXOOO Bella Roxy & Dui

Ruby said...

Oh yeah, Ma drags me in often!! Butts, she did get a full work up on me with bloods and pee and everythings, and was please everythings was a-okay! Butts, it's always good to have a 'base' level on everything so if something changes, it's easier to spot. Ma is embarrassed she waited so long...
Ruby ♥

Mitch and Molly said...

A great post, Miss Sue!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Nichole Burke said...

Great post! :)

Marjie said...

We do have to take the pets to the vets for their own good, and, in my case at least, we have to drag the hubbies to the vet, er, doc, also. Always good to take of those we love.

SissySees said...

Your post is timely; we got an email reminder from Dr. D today for Gg's semi-annual review. I think I'm going to have her to do a senior panel on her too, even though at not even 6, she's no senior. As she did with Sis in the early spring, it's a great baseline and a wonderful package deal on the bloodwork.

Soggibottom said...

When I posted about flea and worm treatments a while ago, surprise, surprise at the amount of people who told me they never bother... WHAT !!!! NUTTERS.
Keep giving the great advice, eventually it will get through.
Luvs :-) xxx