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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 09-30-2014, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Annual vet exams?

Color me curious. How many of you who don't do the typically recommended vaccine protocol (not talking minimal but what your vet recommends) still are taking your pet in for annual exams?

People should technically be seen by a dr once a year. It's helpful for catching possible disease process early and being sure you are on the right path. Plus legally if your pet is on medication (least here in Idaho) they have to be seen yearly for refills.

It is more important as the pet gets older, but I was curious. How many of you keep regular "check ups"?
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I do the recommended vaccine schedule, but even if I didn't I would still do the annual appointment. I think at my vet I have to in order to purchase his monthly heartworm preventative.

When my last dog turned either 7 or 8 my vet had me bring him in twice a year. Probably overkill but I did it. He also started having yearly bloodwork once he was labelled a senior.
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I don't. I think am a good judge to see when they need to go to the vet. Much of it is business (overkill)
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I also feel I know my dog much better than my vet and will know when and if something is off.

I hate the idea of taking my healthy dog to a place where illness is so concentrated.

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I do. They still need tested for HW/tick diseases. And I run a chem17 periodically since they are raw fed.




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I do, as with michelle, I do a yearly hw/tick testing and also run chems on them occasionally

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I also have to do annual HW check. But I don't normally have blood panels run. Now that Kacie is a senior I may do so. Karlo will have his blood drawn often to see where his levels are at. Every 6 weeks right [email protected]$70 a pop.

I think it depends on the dog, age and their individual health issues.

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post #8 of 32 (permalink) Old 09-30-2014, 05:35 PM
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Nikki has EPI & IBD so we use vaccine titers and she only gets rabies by law every three years.

She gets a very thorough exam once a year for now and we will go to twice a year when she becomes a senior.

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I didn't do yearly vax but I did do yearly exams. Starting when Shania was about 10 I did yearly blood panel. Starting when she was about 11 we did a check up every 6 months and the yearly panel.
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I do every three years for vaccines and yearly for HW, which includes the exam. I do blood panels before they are neutered, within 6 months of an illness where they might need antibiotics, every other year once they turn 7 and yearly at the age of 11. Will do every 6 months if needed once they become seniors. I have one senior now

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