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How Often Should A Dog See A Vet

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Patrick Miles, DVM is owner and veterinarian at Priceless Pet Clinic in Normandy Park WA. He has worked in emergency medicine since graduating veterinary school and spent seven years at Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services.

How often should your dog see a vet?

We are often asked how long, how often should we be bringing in our pet in for an examination. Unfortunately, we tend to see pets when they are having problems and not when they are just going through their regular day-to-day basis.

From a veterinarian standpoint, the more that we can evaluate a pet, the more that we can get used to their behavior, to their problems they may have, to get used to what’s normal and what’s not normal with them as well as to build a rapport with our clients as well. Because when we are seeing a patient maybe once or twice a year it is really difficult for us to establish a baseline really.

So as far as the frequency your general minimum is once a year which in comparison that may be representative of five to six years in dog years.

From my stand point, I would prefer to see a patient three to four times a year so I can really get an idea both for an examination on a pet as well as to really start to understand what our clients are looking for as well.


Please note, that some dogs do need to visit a veterinarian more often. Talk to your veterinarian about your dog’s individual needs.