Hobo the Wonder Dog completed his semiannual physical examination this week with Dr. Ann Combs at the Bell County Animal Clinic. Hobo is constantly on the go and interacting with various people, animals, and environmental stressors requiring vigilance in maintaining his overall health and wellness. Where our health is concerned, no truer words were spoken than the adage — an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Although important Hobo’s wellness visits are more than vaccinations, heartworm prevention, and routine deworming, it is about his health and happiness. Hobo supports wellness examinations at least yearly or as recommended by your veterinarian.
Annual wellness examinations are critical to maintaining optimum health while helping prevent unnecessary illnesses for our dogs throughout all stages of their lives. Our dogs age and mature more rapidly than we do, stressing the importance of a yearly check up with your veterinarian. The American Veterinary Medical Association’s guideline for estimating a dog’s age:
· First year of life for a medium-sized dog equals 15 human years;
· Second year add nine years; and
· Each year thereafter add approximately five years.
Using these guidelines, a 3-year-old dog in human years would be approximately 29. This age comparison illustrates how rapidly our dog’s age and the importance of a yearly wellness examination.
Building a relationship with your veterinarian is as important as the relationship you build with your family physician. During a wellness examination for your pet a complete medical history will be obtained; prepare to discuss how your pet is feeling, any changes in their behavior, medications or supplements they are taking, and diet and exercise routines. Your veterinarian will do a thorough nose to tail examination including a dental exam, check for parasites, heartworms, and administer needed vaccinations.
Hobo and I visit our veterinarian’s office frequently for socialization, weight checks, a treat and a belly rub. Random visits to our veterinarian help Hobo build confidence while associating the clinic as fun and not a frightening unfamiliar place he dreads to go. No matter what Hobo’s travels throw our way, we are ready to take them on and live long and healthy together.
Hobo has a clean bill of health and we are planning our next destination on our National Parks celebrating 100 years of service tour to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. Hobo the Wonder Dog and I are excited to celebrate our good health by exploring our local national treasures. We hope our last trip to the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park inspired you to travel with your dog and discover the treasure in our own backyard — our national parks.
If your dog hasn’t had an annual examination don’t put it off, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian today.
Life is better with a dog — woof!
Hobo is a rescue dog out to make a difference in animal rescue and education. Please follow Hobo on Facebook at Hobo the Wonder Dog or contact him at: [email protected]