How often should my pet have a wellness exam? The American Animal Hospital Association recommends that dogs and cats have an annual wellness exam. However, if you have a senior pet, the recommended wellness exam interval is six months.

When is my pet considered “senior”?
In general, small dogs live longer than large breeds, and cats live longer than dogs. A small dog might be senior at the age of ten, whereas a giant breed, such as a Great Dane, would likely be considered senior at the age of six or seven.

My pet’s teeth look and smell terrible. Is there anything I can do?
Pets get periodontal disease just like people and brushing their teeth daily, with toothpaste created just for pets, is the best thing you can do to help prevent and treat periodontal disease. Ask your veterinarian to show you how.

Do I have to give my pet vaccinations every year?
At Wisdom, we approach vaccinations on a patient-by-patient basis, depending on the health and age of a dog, while also taking into account the vaccination schedules published by leading veterinary medical schools. Talk to your veterinarian about any concerns or questions you have regarding vaccinating your pet.

My dog is scratching constantly, but I don’t see any fleas. What could the problem be?
Many pets are susceptible to allergies just like humans, and various triggers including foods, pollens, and insect bites can cause an allergic reaction. And even though you don’t see fleas, many pets suffer from flea allergy dermatitis. For some pets, all it takes is one bite to aggravate allergies – even after the flea is long gone. There are excellent diagnostic and treatment options for allergies in pets, so talk to your veterinarian about options.