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 sides 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 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.


Checking in on Good Health

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.


Getting to Know All About You

Just as humans need to maintain regular appointments with their doctor to keep track of their ongoing health needs, so do their furry pals. Not only does your 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.


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


Aging Pets

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. 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.