Whether your pet cowers in his crate or bounces willingly into the backseat, your annual field trip to the veterinarian is vital for his health and well-being. An annual exam is much more than just another rabies tag - although he will get his booster shots.
The doctor will examine your dog from nose to tail and will look for signs of illness or disease.
You might not notice a few extra pounds or hair loss, but your veterinarian will, and he or she will help you investigate and resolve any potential health problems.
Your veterinarian should also update your pet's vaccinations, check for internal and external parasites and help you choose a parasite-prevention plan, discuss your pet's diet, and recommend any necessary dental care.
This is also your time to ask questions - and your veterinarian can help you with more than just medical issues. So if you're having trouble keeping Spike out of the begonias, or wondering how to stop Moose from chewing your favorite footstool, speak up! Your veterinarian is your ally in preventing behavior problems.
One last note: Don't be surprised if your companion wants to lounge for the rest of the day. After all, a car ride, making new friends, and getting that darned shot can make a pooch dog-tired.