Since 2016 is an election year, Americans are even more divided than ever. Indeed, there are two kinds of people in the world: dog-lovers and cat-lovers. Although dogs enjoy about 37.2% of the popular vote, 32.4% of homeowners have cats; the race is nearly neck and neck. One thing that both parties can agree on is the issue of healthcare: veterinary care centers are crucial to the wellbeing of your pets.
When Should You Go to the Vet?
Just like a human, the early years of an animal’s life are some of the most crucial. For this reason, dogs and cats under the age of 10 ought to visit a veterinarian every yet to ensure that your pets are healthy and happy. Dogs and cats over the age of 10 are recommended for a check-up at least every six months as their bodies and temperament may start to change. Prescription diets, medication, and physical exercises may all be recommended by vets depending on the patient.
Following the Doctor’s Orders
Veterinarians are medical professionals, and their advice should be thoroughly followed. Certain medications, for instance, should be taken over a certain length of time although many pet-owners stop giving the meds to their pets once they feel better. Exercises and pet diet advice from a vet can help your pet achieve a healthy weight, but only if the patient and their owner follow the doctor’s orders. Some vets even go on to become animal surgeons. Although pet surgery costs can be just as expensive as it can be for human patients, pet insurance is a real thing to help owners cut pet surgery costs down to a fraction of their cost.
Voting on a Vet
Every vet is different in their own way based on their experience, their education, and their personality. Three out of four veterinarians in the U.S. are employed in a private practice that specialize in dogs or cats. Vets for smaller animals usually work in some veterinary clinics or hospitals while large animal vets typically make house calls to see their normal patients like horses, cows, and sheep — no matter who you choose, make sure your vet is as unique as your pet!