1. Knowledge is Power:
Veterinarians are your best source of current information for options and trends in pet health care. There are always options. Make certain you find out what they are. The same health issue may be addressed very differently in two different patients.
2. The Big Picture:
Gastroenterologists, dermatologists, nutritionists, oncologists, cardiologists, radiologists, … The list goes on. Some have extra training in special disciplines, like acupuncture, chiropracty, homeopathy, surgery, or internal medicine. While you may never need some of those disciplines for your healthy pet, it is good to know those are available.
3. Prevention is better than Treatment:
Some diseases are best managed by prevention, not treatment (eg, parasites, obesity, Diabetes mellitus, periodontal/dental disease ). Other diseases are best managed when caught in the early stages ( cancer). Regular veterinary visits will help find those diseases in early stages to prevent the stress and trauma of surprises when diseases “suddenly” become a bigger problem.
4. Reality check
We don’t like to think about it, but our pets age more rapidly than we do. Your 10 year old cat is equivalently about 60-70 years old, and your 12 year old cat 72-84 years of age. How many of us expect to see our general practice doctor, ophthalmologist, cardiologist and lab services nurse only once a year by that age? Older patients should visit for a health check at least twice yearly.