Annual Vet Exam - Starting off the Year on the Right Paw

Time for that Annual Vet Exam?

Flying With Your Golden Retriever x

vet examA vet exam is probably not one of your dog’s favorite activities, but the beginning of the year is a great time to make sure you’ve got all of your ducks in a row for the new year, which includes all those doctor (your you) and vet (your dog) check ups. It’s a good thing to do as it ensures your dog is healthy and you can likely catch any health issues earlier, especially as they age more quickly than humans.

When you book the appointment with your veterinarian, ask whether you need to fast your dog before the visit, as well, as if you need to bring in fresh urine or fecal samples from your dog.

Check list of items to bring to the Vet Exam

  • Your dog’s leash and collar
  • Your dog bag or kennel if required or if it makes your pet more comfortable
  • Your dog’s muzzle if needed (i.e. they bite)
  • A recent stool sample (vet needs to test it for parasites)
  • Your dog’s favorite treats – my dog won’t eat the treats at the vet so it’s better to bring the ones you know your dog loves
  • Your pet insurance info (note that most pet insurances don't pay for wellness visits, but insurance might cover other tests/treatments your dog needs
  • Your dog’s health history (especially if you are switching vets)
  • A list of questions you might have. Do NOT be shy to ask anything about your dog.

vet exam earWhen you’re at the vet exam, the vet will ask you a set of routine questions about your dog’s lifestyle. You might want to think about these in advance or write them down. The vet is likely to ask about your dog’s exercise, diet (make sure to know the brand(s) of dog food), thirst, behavior, habits, bowel movements, urination, parasite prevention (e.g. Frontline, Heartgard) and general health.

See also  Kennel Cough - What Is It & What To Do About It?

At the Annual Vet Exam

As mentioned before, at the vet exam, the vet or vet technician will ask you a set of routine questions about your dog. If you live in an area where Lyme disease is prevalent or you take your dog in areas where they might be at risk for Lyme disease, definitely tell your vet so they can check your dog for any possible symptoms.

vet exam heartNext the vet or the vet technician will weigh your dog. If your dog is really squirmy on the scale, you should probably know approximately how much your dog weighs before you go to the vet just in case there is a major discrepancy. This has happened with Kobi before and we often need to weigh him a couple times on one scale or on two scales to make sure we got the right weight reading.

The vet will do a physical evaluation of the dog. This will including examining your dog’s eyes, ears, nose, teeth, mouth, haircoat, skin, heart, lungs, pulse, lymph nodes, legs, toenails, abdomen and general body condition.

The vet should also do a wellness blood screen during the annual vet exam.

Your dog’s vaccines should also be updated at this time. Typical vaccines would be:

  • Bordatella/Para-Influenza (aka Kennel Cough) – Many doggie daycares require this vaccine once every 6 months.
  • Leptospira
  • Distemper/Parvo
  • Rabies at least once every three years. Every state in the U.S. has a 3-year rabies law, however, depending on what city or municipality you live in, the laws may be more restrictive, requiring every-year or every two-year rabies vaccines.
See also  Large Dog Breeds: How To Choose The Best Dog Food?

After the Vet Exam

A lot of dogs hate to go to the vet, so it might be helpful to plan some extra play time or a long walk after the vet exam.
If your dog is really nervous or stressed out when it goes to the vet, some vets encourage bringing your dog to the vet just to visit (not for an appointment) and perhaps get a treat, so your dog becomes more accustomed to visiting the vet and does not always have poking, needles and other uncomfortable procedures associated with the vet office. This might reduce your dog's stress when it needs to go to the vet for an actual appointment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Top 10 Dog Breed Lists
Latest Posts
May 17, 2022
When It's Time For Flying With Dogs Not In Cabin

We were recently asked for some advice on flying with dogs across the U.S. Clearly a large dog is not going to be able to fly with you in the plane cabin

Read More
May 15, 2022
10 Adorable Large Hybrid Dogs You'll Fall In Love With

Who knows big dogs can be cute too? Large hybrid dogs are certainly the most adorable breeds you'll find!

Read More
May 14, 2022
Dematting and How To Treat Severely Matted Dog Hair

Dematting and How To Treat Severely Matted Dog Hair

Read More

Most Searched Dogs

Golden Retriever 
German Shepherd
French Bulldog
Pit Bull
Shih Tzu
Great Dane
Alaskan Malamute
Australian Shepherd
Boston Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier
Belgian Malinois
Shetland Sheepdog
Miniature Pinscher
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 
Cocker spaniels good
Australian Kelpie
Border Collie
Chinese Crested

Dogsized Contributors

Want to increase your profile and influence in the dog community? Email us to share how you can contribute as a writer or learn more about our Ambassador Program.

REQUEST ACCESS

Most Asked Dog Questions

1. What are the best large dogs over 100 pounds?
2.  Which large dog breeds make good family dogs?
3. What are the top small dogs and medium dogs?
4. What is the average. size of a toy dog breed?
5. Are small dogs or large dog breeds more common?

Don't Miss Our Latest Tips & Special Offers.

Join thousands of subscribers!

Submit Your Products

To submit products for consideration, please use the Contact Us mailing address. Note, reviews are at our discretion and products can not be returned.


7 Skyline Drive, 350
Hawthorne, NY 10532
dogsized [@] gmail [.com]
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram