Now that the new year has started, it is time to start thinking about when your dog's last check up at the vet was. If your pet hasn't seen the vet in the last 12 months - or even in the last six months - you should book an appointment for a general check up as soon as possible.

Regular check ups are an important part of maintaining your dog's health and mean your vet can spot any potential issues early on. This will help to keep your dog happy and healthy while also providing any necessary treatment early on, which can often mean better results.

Having your vet look over your dog every few months can help avoid any health issues getting worse, which could result in high-cost treatment. Not only is this kinder to your bank balance, it also means your dog may be less likely to have to undergo painful and stressful operations.

Another reason for regular checkups is to ensure your dog's vaccinations are fully up-to-date, which helps to protect them from a range of illnesses. These vaccinations not only help keep your dog healthy, they also stop your pet from transferring diseases onto other canines they come in contact with.

Vet checkups can also help you deal with everyday issues, such as fleas, ticks and worms. These are quite common among dogs but do require treatment as they can cause health problems when left unattended.

Your vet will be able to tell you whether your dog needs treatment for any of these and suggest the best way to go about getting rid of them in a way that is suitable for your pet. This will likely lead to more effective treatments, decreasing the need for more than one method of removal, which can be rather traumatic for your dog.

Another thing vets can help with is assessing whether your dog needs any dental treatment. They will be able to let you know if your pet needs to undergo dental cleaning to maintain their oral health. This is something that is important with older pets as dental problems can lead to other issues.

Regular visits help you to practice the prevention rather than cure course of treatment, which can be a lot more beneficial for keeping your pet happy and healthy.

Written by: Hannah