Sunday, August 31, 2014

Vet Checkups for Happier Lives #GetHealthyHappy

Have you seen one of these on your pups before?

It was our first time, and we were concerned about what the issue could be. It didn't seem to be irritating Ruckus, and searching Google for mouth injuries to American Eskimos was not fruitful. Our annual vet visit was upcoming, and we used this opportunity to get a diagnosis.

When our pets have injuries, it is very easy to go to the vet. However, annual visits are always a chore to do! How many of you do not go to your own doctor for annual physical examinations? Unfortunately for our pets, missing one checkup is even more critical than for ourselves. Dr. Ashley Gallagher, a vet at the Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington D.C., writes in her blog post
"...missing even one yearly exam for your pet is roughly equivalent to you, a human, not seeing a doctor for five years!"
The easiest thing you can do to help make sure you see the vet is to schedule it regularly. Stick it on the calendar and go! We enjoy keeping Ruckus up to date with all his shots so we don't have to worry about it throughout the year. Remember that if you need to board your pet, many boarders require some lead time in having the Bordetella (Kennel Cough) vaccine (usually three months). So this helps you from being hamstrung if you have an emergency or a vacation planned.

Like humans, preventative care can lead to happier lives and less money spent on health care. The American Pet Products Association’s National Pet Owner Survey for 2013-14 found that emergency and illness vet visits can be $50-$200 more expensive than a routine visit. For dog owners these were the specific results of the survey: Dog owners reported routine visits average $231, emergency visits $314 and illness visits $364.

Always remember that happier and healthier pets means happier and healthier parents. Let's all work together to make sure our pets are strong and healthy and live amazing lives!

As part of Hill's Science Diet® Healthier Pets. Happier Lives. , Hill's is helping pet parents everywhere by running a sweepstakes for $100 towards a vet checkup every 90 days.

To enter the sweepstakes, click the image above or go here.

Note: Once the page launches, click through for Healthy Dogs or Healthy Cats, and on the bottom of the screen there will be a button to enter the sweepstakes.

To find out more information about Science Diet's "Healthy Dog, Happy Life" campaign, go here.

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  1. We so believe that regular check ups are a must. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. Yep Speedy gets one every year too,xx Rachel

  3. Our vet sends us a reminder card, so Lady can't forget! This year Phod's check up uncovered an ear infection we didn't know about!

  4. This was a great post!
    It is so impawtant to keep our pets vet checked yearly at least!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  5. Excellent Ruckus! Very good tips! Hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend!

  6. So what did Ruckus' vet say about the mark near his mouth? Were they able to provide you a diagnosis? I haven't seen one on Bear or Scooter- but a friends' dog did have that same sort of thing so I'm curious- happy weekend!

    Woofs & Wags