A cute lab puppy getting annual exam.

Your pet’s annual wellness exam is the perfect time to get all your questions about pet health, behavior, and day-to-day needs answered. At Caring Paws Animal Hospital, we 

cover a lot of bases during veterinarian visits, so if you are ever unsure or need further clarification, our team encourages you to ask the following questions:

Does my pet need any new vaccines?

Vaccines prevent your pet from contracting and spreading infectious diseases. We take a customized approach to vaccines, administering only those required by law and those recommended based on your pet’s lifestyle. It never hurts to double check your pet’s immunizations, particularly if there are changes in your pet’s risk factors.

Is that number on the scale OK?

At least half of all cats and dogs in the United States are at a weight that is considered overweight or obese, according to the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention. The flip side is that serious health conditions like hyperthyroidism can make pets lose weight quickly. Don’t be afraid to confirm with your veterinarian that your pet’s weight is within a healthy range.

Is this random new behavior normal?

You are better than anyone when it comes to spotting the nuances of your pet’s daily behavior. If something seems “off” to you—no matter how minor you think it is—don’t hesitate to discuss the issue with your veterinarian. Symptoms of health conditions can be intermittent and vague in the early stages, and the earlier we intervene, the better.

Should I be feeding my pet a different diet?

Sometimes dietary considerations get overlooked when a pet appears otherwise healthy on the outside, and the crowded pet store shelves can make choosing a diet confusing. We are always happy to answer your questions about your pet’s diet and recommend a food that is appropriate for your pet’s age, weight, and other considerations. 

Is my pet at risk of certain health conditions?

Some pets are more likely than others to be impacted by certain health conditions. Dachshunds, for example, are prone to spinal problems, and Ragdoll cats are predisposed to a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. We can discuss common diseases that could affect your pet based on breed and size so you can be on the lookout for early clues.

Should I be concerned about these bumps?

When grooming your pet, you might notice tiny lumps or growths on your pet’s skin. Be sure to call these to our attention during your veterinary visit so we can diagnose these lumps and bumps properly. 

How can I keep my pet’s teeth clean?

Aside from professional dental cleanings under general anesthesia, we are happy to discuss other things you can do at home to prevent the development of dental diseases. 

We welcome these and any other questions you have regarding pet health. Please contact us to schedule your pet’s next veterinary visit.