How Often Should I Take My Dog to the Vet?

While being a pup parent is wonderful, it can be overwhelming at times. For instance, you are responsible for your furry friend’s health. This means that you need to make sure they regularly get examined by their vet. However, you may not be sure how frequently you should be scheduling your pup’s veterinary appointments.

In a July 2019 YouTube video, Dr. Devon Smith, DMV, shared that “it’s recommended that your pet sees its vet every six months for routine wellness care.” She noted that our furry friends need these examinations twice a year because they “age on a much more rapid scale than [humans] do.” 

“Regular check-ups are crucial for early disease detection, which might help improve your pet’s quality of life and lifespan,” asserted Dr. Smith. 

That being said, while speaking to Southern Living in June 2021, Dr. Amy Stone, who is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, shared that your dog’s vet appointments should be contingent upon the age of the animal. 

"Puppies, like human babies, go to the doctor quite a bit in their first year of life for immunizations and other young animal issues. Once they are fully immunized and probably spayed or neutered, they typically need to come in for a visit yearly," said Dr. Stone. 

She did note, however, that senior dogs should head over to their vet twice a year. 

Now, most pups are not super fond of veterinary clinics. Professional trainer Zak George shared in a 2017 YouTube video that there are some ways to ease your dog’s nerves prior to your next vet appointment. 

“One quick tip that’s almost sure to remove some anxiety is to thoroughly exercise your dog just before going to the vet,” said George. 

The trainer also noted that dog owners should consider “spend[ing] a few minutes in [your vet’s] lobby” on days when your canine companion does not have an appointment. George suggested allowing your furry friend to “smell around” while “offering them a few treats.” 

“Our goal is to make the vet’s office a normal, fun place, so don’t wait until it’s time to go to the vet to go to the vet. Visit the vet office between appointments as often as possible,” stated George. 

How does your dog react when they have to go to the vet? Let us know in the comments below!

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