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How Often Should My Pet Have A Vet Check-Up?

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Gresham Animal Hospital Offers Top-Notch Care For Your Pet 

The Gresham Animal Hospital team understands that our Gresham clients consider their furry friends to be part of their families. Naturally, you want to seek out high-quality care for your pets. Gresham Animal Hospital is dedicated to providing Gresham families with the professional veterinary services they deserve. Your pet deserves a team that offers individualized care. You’ll find such care at Gresham Animal Hospital. 

How Often Should I Take My Pet To Have A Vet Check-Up? 

Just like people, your pet’s medical needs will change over the course of their lives. How often you need to bring your pet to see the vet will depend on how old they are. 

Puppies And Kittens (Under One Year) 

If you’re with your puppy or kitten from an early age, those early days will see a lot of vet visits. You’ll need to bring in your pet for vaccines every 3 to 4 weeks. This is when dogs commonly get shots to protect against distemper-parvo, rabies, influenza, kennel cough, and Lyme disease. Kittens will receive vaccines to protect against feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia, and other diseases. Pets may also receive medication to prevent heartworm, fleas, and ticks at this age. The visits for these shots will take place over the first 16 weeks of their lives. Around 6 months of age, you can take your cat or dog in to be spayed or neutered.  

Adult Pets (Ages 1 Year To 7-10 Years) 

At this point, you can bring in your pets for regular check-ups every year. Your vet will give your cat or dog a full physical, checking for any issues that should be addressed. Rabies boosters and distemper-parvo boosters also happen a the age of 1 year, and then every 3 years after that. You can aid your vet by bringing in a stool sample from your pet during check-ups so they can check for intestinal parasites. 

Senior Pets (Ages 7-10 And Older 

As your pets reach senior age, they will need a little more care and attention. Twice yearly visits are recommended. Your pets will receive physicals and vaccine shots as needed, as well as blood and urine tests to check for issues with kidneys, liver, thyroids, etc. Mention any behavioral changes to your vet because it could help them diagnose important issues. Even things as seemingly simple as drinking more water or a lack of excitement for walks can indicate issues. 

Rely On Gresham Animal Hospital For Top-Notch Veterinary Care 

Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the service and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today.