Click here to learn more.
A. I have to side with your veterinarian on this one. Your vet would be doing your dog a disservice if he prescribed a medication to a pet he never saw. Your veterinarian also needs to follow both the law and the guidelines of ethical practice, both of which demand that prescriptions be written only for animals actively under his care — which they cannot be if they're never in his exam room.
Annual examinations (or twice-yearly for older pets) are the cornerstone of a good preventive care regimen, and preventive care is where the real savings come in. You will truly save money when you can work with your veterinarian to tweak your pet’s care in order to prevent health problems from occurring (changing his diet, for example, to prevent or reverse obesity), or to catch and treat illness before it becomes expensive — and possibly life threatening. The approval of another year’s worth of heartworm medication, as well as a review of all other medications, is part of that process.
I know many people accept the need for that first heartworm test, but balk at subsequent ones. They argue that they've given the medications as prescribed and their pets should be heartworm-free. Problem is, we're only human. Studies shows that about a quarter of all pets don't get all their heartworm doses, leaving room for infestation. Your veterinarian needs to make sure your pet isn't carrying these parasites despite your best intentions. That means you'll need to take him in for a heartworm test at regular intervals.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank You For Signing Up
for the Petwire newsletter, sending you all the pet news each week directly to your inbox.
Get the latest pet news, tips, tricks, and expert advice sent right to your inbox!
Sparky the dog's owner pulled him from an icy lake, and then the pup helped two men rescue his owner after she…
Ignoring your pup's bouncing and giving him something to carry in his mouth are a few simple ways to prevent…
Between the ages of 7 and 9, your cat is old enough to have some stable wisdom but still young enough for whimsical…
If you travel a lot or can’t afford a dog’s health care costs, maybe it’s not the right time to…
If your pup is tearing up the house while you’re gone, that could be a sign that she needs more physical…
The gentle, affectionate and sociable Selkirk Rex is a good traveler and excellent therapy cat.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.