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6 Reasons To Take Your Pet To A Vet

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Veterinary services are important to keeping your pet healthy. However, it can be tough to know when to take your pet to a vet. If you're not sure what's a good reason to visit the vet, this list will help.

Early-Age Shots

Pet vaccinations are important. Notably, the shot schedule will vary widely based on the species of your pet. Likewise, there can be dramatic differences in the shot requirements because some animals are susceptible to diseases that others are not.

Contact your veterinary services provider and tell them what species your pet is. They can tell you what pet vaccinations the animal will need and when to arrange them.

Unusual Behavior

Even if your pet seems to be otherwise healthy, unusual behavior is often a concern. Bear in mind that most animals used to live in environments where they couldn't express pain for fear a predator might notice. Consequently, you may see a pet behaving funny without howling in agony from an injury or illness. Especially if the odd behavior continues for several days, it's probably time to consult with a vet.

Ingestion of Dangerous Materials

Pets can be nosy to the point of harming themselves, and that especially applies when animals check out things they think are edible or drinkable. If you know what the animal ingested, make a note of it. However, don't guess if you're not sure. Simply tell the vet what happened and let them figure it out.


Most pets will run into fleas and ticks in their lifetimes. Some bugs can carry some scary diseases. Even if they've had their pet vaccinations, there are potential reasons to be concerned. You may need to have a vet remove a particular big tick, for example. The vet can then monitor the affected area for signs of disease.

Dental Issues

A pet can struggle with dental issues the same way a person can. If the animal is having a tough time eating, it could be a sign of dental problems. Despite stereotypes about dog breath, animals should have noticeably bad breath, either. The same applies if the animal just doesn't want to eat.

Mobility Problems

If a pet is struggling to get around, it could be evidence of any of a wide range of diseases. Arthritis hits many animals just ad badly as it strikes humans. Some neurological problems can appear as difficulty moving, too. Obesity is also a common source of mobility issues. If your pet isn't moving well, the problems can compound so get them to the vet early.