Monday, August 25, 2014

7 Reasons to Take Your Pet to the Vet for Check-ups #GetHealthyHappy

It's recommended that pets see the veterinarian at least once a year for a wellness exam, which is a check-up to make sure they are healthy. Many pet parents only visit the vet's office when their pet becomes sick. According to the American Pet Products Association’s National Pet Owner Survey for 2013-14, 17% of cat owners and 26% of dog owners don't visit the vet until their pet becomes ill.


By visiting your pet's veterinarian on a regular basis for check-ups, you can catch some illnesses early. According to Dr. Ashley Gallagher DVM of Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington DC, "Annual checkups also allow your vet to more easily spot problems at their earliest stages, when they can often be handled simply and cost effectively.” In this video, Dr. Gallagher shares 3 easy ways to keep your pet healthy and happy.

One of my favorite patients ready for her check-up!

Also, emergency and sick vet visits are more expensive by about $50-$200. Of course, all emergency veterinary visits cannot be avoided, but regular check-ups can help. Here are 7 reasons why it's important to take your pet to the vet regularly for check-ups.

  • Regular veterinary check-ups are important to keeping your pet healthy and happy for life. 
  • Pets age faster than humans, so missing one annual check-up is like missing several years worth of check-ups. 
  • Regular pet check-ups can help detect early health problems. Early detection of health problems means potentially more effective and less costly treatments. 
  • Some health problems are not always apparent to pet parents which is why it's important to have a veterinarian check them out. 
  • Keeping your pet's vaccinations up to date helps prevent against diseases. 
  • Regular veterinary visits help your pet's doctor get to know them better. When a vet knows their patients well, it makes it easier to spot problems. 
  • Check-ups will help your pet live a long healthy and happy life. 

Kit Kat is ready for a check-up with the vet!

Another way to keep your pet healthy and happy is by feeding them a nutritious diet. Hill's Science Diet has a full line of foods that address some of the most common health problems that dogs and cats experience, including weight management, hairballs, oral care, and more. These foods are available at your vet's office or pet specialty stores. Some of these diets include:



In order to help keep your pet happy and healthy, Hill's Science Diet is giving away $100 towards a vet check-up every day for the 90 days! Want your chance to win? All you have to do is CLICK HERE and fill out the short form with your information to be entered for a chance to win. 

This post is sponsored by Hill’s and the Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight Food, but Pawsitively Pets only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

20 comments:

  1. Well, we don't like the car ride but we do know it is important for us to go to the Vet!

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  2. The Staff takes me to the vet far too often for my liking!! But I know it is important! I love the Hills stuff, but there is so much to choose from!

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  3. I'm all for regular checkups - as a senior dude I know how impawtant they are. I don't mind being AT the vet - it's getting there that I hate (the car....eeeeek!).

    Hugs, Sammy

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  4. Good job of sharing inportant info. Those blue smocks give me flashbacks. MOL!

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  5. Great tips! Rocco gets lots of treats at the vet, so he doesn't mind it too much!
    Your pals,
    Diane and Rocco

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  6. This is such an important post Ann. You've shared excellent tips and Harley and I will definitely do our part and share this..

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  7. We always get an invitation and we immediately make an appointment. I think better safe than sorry, there are many things what we can treat much better when they are discovered in an early state. I hope all pet owners would visit their vet regularly, thanks for a great post!

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  8. Great info!!! There are SO many reasons to take our pets for check ups! Same as our human children!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  9. shiner, a grate post two day....does yur mom ever miss bee in a vetinaree assistantz ??

    happee monday two all ♥

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    1. Of course kitties! But I do love this new "job" of mine too.

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  10. Cat bro Bert is the only family member that loves the vet. We all go together once a year and we dogs go at least one other time a year. It is very important!

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  11. Excellent points. The mom takes us to the vet regularly...more than we like though!

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  12. Great post. I'd add another reason - a wellness exam is a great time to have microchips checked :-)

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    1. Yep - that is another great reason to go Sue!

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  13. it is important to get these check up,xx Rachel

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  14. Everyone goes at least once per year. Now if the humans would just do the same....LOL. We hate going more than the animals do!

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  15. Vet visits are important for sure!! Great advice here. And super cute photos!

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