What You Need to Know about Taking Your Dog to the Vet
At a minimum, dogs require at least one veterinary visit per year.  During these visits, your dog’s health will be assessed, and any changes since the last visit will be noted.  Here, commonly asked questions about dog health and veterinarian visits will be answered.

How Often Should I Take my Dog to the Vet?

At the bare minimum, your dog should visit the vet once every year.  The veterinarian will assess any changes to your dog’s condition such as weight gain, weight loss, new or worsening lumps and bumps, and the condition of your dog’s teeth.

Many veterinarians recommend that senior dogs should visit the veterinarian once every six months, as changes in health can occur more rapidly as the dog's age.

In addition to your dog’s annual visit, you should schedule more frequent appointments any time you have concerns about your dog’s health.  These include chronic gastrointestinal issues, sudden changes in behavior or appetite, pain, or lethargy.

What Should I Bring to my Dog’s Vet Appointment?

When you schedule your dog’s check-up, ask the receptionist if there any items you should bring.  Some veterinarians require an annual fecal exam so you may be asked to bring a sample in a Tupperware container or sealed bag.

If you are visiting this veterinarian for the first time, bring a copy of your dog’s vet records, including all vaccinations.

Bring a reliable method of restraint for your dog, as well.  If your pet is small keep your dog in a carrier. For larger dogs, keep your pet on a short, non-retractable leash at all times.

Tips for Making the Most of your Dog’s Vet Visits

Dog health is important, and veterinary visits can be especially stressful.  You can make them easier to manage by utilizing the Actijoy Healthbook, found in the Actijoy app.  In the Healthbook you can easily note changes in your dog’s condition, such as fluctuations in hunger, thirst, or behavior.  Your family members can also record their observations about your dog in the Healthbook. This information can then be shared with your veterinarian, providing an accurate snapshot into your dog’s daily life and any potential health problems. You will never miss a veterinary appointment with the Actijoy Healthbook. Add important dates to your phone and ensure the best care for your dog.

What Kind of Information is Important at the Vet’s Office?

There are many questions your vet will ask.  Before you leave for the veterinarian’s office make a list with the following information:
       - Current food (brand/flavor) and portion size
       - Current list of any medications (including supplements)
       - Any health or behavioral concerns

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Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy™ blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy™ blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.

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