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World Veterinary Day 2023: Benefits of regular vet visits for dogs and cats

By, New Delhi
Apr 28, 2023 02:13 PM IST

Regular veterinary visits are important for your pet's well-being. On World Veterinary Day 2023, here are benefits of regular health check-ups for your pets.

World Veterinary Day 2023 is being celebrated on April 29 this year. The day is commemorated every year on the last Saturday in April to celebrate the veterinary doctors and appreciate by vet professionals across the world. The theme of World Veterinary Day this year is 'Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in the veterinary profession,' to advocate for fairness and equity of the efforts from veterinary experts and organisations. Having pets at home can play wonders for one's mental health as their unconditional love alleviates loneliness, ease stress and anxiety. Regular veterinary visits are important for your pet's well-being at every stage of their life. Early detection of diseases can improve their life span and help them lead a better quality life. (Also read: Fun indoor activities to do with your pets in summer season)

Regular veterinary care is essential for maintaining the health and well-being of our furry friends.(Pixabay)
Regular veterinary care is essential for maintaining the health and well-being of our furry friends.(Pixabay)

"Regular veterinary care is essential for maintaining the health and well-being of our furry friends. Just like humans, dogs and cats require routine check-ups and preventive care to ensure that any potential health issues are identified and treated early on," says Dr Sanjiv Rajadhyaksha, Medical Director at Wiggles MyVet.

Here are some of the benefits of regular veterinary care for dogs and cats explained by Dr Rajadhyaksha:

Prevention of diseases

One of the most significant benefits of regular veterinary care is that it helps prevent diseases in dogs and cats. During routine check-ups, veterinarians can assess the overall health of the animal and check for any signs of illness. They can also administer vaccines and recommend preventative treatments such as flea and tick control, heartworm prevention, and parasite control.

Early detection of health problems

Regular veterinary care can help identify health problems early on before they become more severe and costly to treat. During a check-up, the veterinarian may perform a physical exam, take blood samples, or conduct other tests to identify any underlying health issues. Early detection can help to prevent serious health problems and save the animal's life.

Improved lifespan

By receiving regular veterinary care, dogs and cats are more likely to live longer and healthier lives. Preventative care and early detection of health problems can help to prevent or manage chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, which can significantly affect an animal's lifespan.

Better behaviour

Animals that receive regular veterinary care are also more likely to have better behaviour. A healthy pet is a happy pet, and when pets are healthy, they are less likely to exhibit negative behaviours such as aggression, destructiveness, or excessive barking.

Improved quality of life

Finally, regular veterinary care can significantly improve the quality of life for dogs and cats. By ensuring that they are healthy and happy, pets can enjoy a better quality of life, which includes more playtime, better socialisation, and overall happiness.

"By providing preventive care and early detection of health problems, veterinarians can help prevent diseases, prolong the animal's life, and improve their overall quality of life. As pet owners, it is our responsibility to ensure that our pets receive the care they need to be happy and healthy," concludes Dr Rajadhyaksha.

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