As pet owners, we’re connected to our beloved furry pals in ways we’ll never relate to most people. Our pets love us unconditionally. They follow us around and they’re by our side when we’re feeling blue. That’s why we want to be there for them in return and give them the longest, healthiest lives possible.


At Normandale Vet Hospital, we know there’s nothing like the care and love between pet owners and their furry families. Helping Edina pets live long and healthy lives is our top priority.


In this post, we’ll talk about why annual check-ups are one of the most important things you can do as a pet owner to keep your best friend bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

1.   Your pet and vet can get to know each other better when you come in regularly.

Just as humans need to maintain regular appointments with their doctor to keep track of their ongoing health needs, so do their furry pals. But veterinary appointments can be stressful or even scary for some pets, especially when they’re in an unfamiliar place. But if you come in to the veterinarian when your pet is feeling well, she will become familiar with the clinic so it’s less intimidating.


And it’s also good for vets to get to know your pet or pets’ needs. Not only does your cat or dog’s vet get to know her medical chart when you check in annually. Your vet will also become familiar with your pooch’s personality. This is important because sometimes, a dog can say more with her behavior and personality than she can with her vitals.

2.   Regular appointments help you stay on top of your pet’s health.

Just like humans, our pets need regular medical care from time to time. It’s important to realize that a year is much longer to a dog than it is to a human in terms of their lifespan. In a year’s time, a lot can change with your pet’s health.


Every year, your pet’s rabies vaccination needs to be updated. Since you’re already coming in, it’s the ideal time to check in with your pet’s health through a basic physical. This gives our vets a chance to get to know your pet and also helps establish a picture of his health so we can compare if he’s ever under the weather or injured.


Here are a few more things we’ll check at your pet’s appointment:


●        Lungs

●        Heart

●        Weight

●        Coat and skin

●        Eyes and ears

●        Nose and mouth


3.   Dental care is just as important for pets.

It’s strange that so few pet owners prioritize their pets’ dental care. Just like us, cats and dogs can get cavities, plaque, gingivitis, and other oral diseases. Bacteria from a pet’s mouth can lead to serious health problems throughout their body, even affecting their other organs.


In addition to the basic mouth health check your pet will get during an annual check-up, we also provide a complete range of dental services including teeth cleaning appointments.

4.   Some breeds are prone to genetic eye problems.

Genetic health conditions affecting the eyes are common in some breeds. This is especially true for flat-faced dogs and cats, who can have health problems related to eye protrusion like Persian cats, pugs, and bulldogs.


Protruding eyes are prone to scratches and injuries that lead to corneal ulcers, and some pets can end up losing their eyes when these conditions are not monitored regularly. Other breeds can suffer from dry eyes or even cataracts. To protect your pet from vision loss or eye loss, regular appointments are a must for these breeds.

5.   Aging pets are prone to health conditions.

As people get older, their health needs increase. The same is true for our pets, but dogs age much faster than humans do. Some breeds are commonly known to face specific health issues as they get older.


Our vets are familiar with breed-specific health concerns and can help take steps to protect your pet before they begin to interfere with your pet’s quality of life.

Schedule Your Annual Appointment at Our Edina Veterinarian Care Center

You take your furry pal for daily walks and feed her the best food available. After all, she counts on you to take care of her, and you do everything you can to make sure she stays healthy and happy so you can enjoy many adventures as a duo.


At Normandale Veterinary Hospital, our veterinary experts love getting to know your pets and helping you live long lives together. We can’t wait to meet your sweet furry family members and give them the best health care we can offer. Schedule your annual check-up by calling us at 952-831-8272 or send us a message on our contact page to find out more.