Canine Health Records – Where Do You Keep Yours?

Keeping your canine health records up to date and at hand in case of an emergency is something you may not have thought of. After all, getting a new dog can be a little overwhelming in and of its own. There are so many things to purchase and decisions to make, what is a new dog owner to do?Advantages Of Regular Dog Health ChecksWell, here’s one more you can add to your list: regular dog health checks. Don’t look so surprised. How else are you going to detect anything abnormal with Rover’s health? It’s all part of canine health care. A progressive history of your dog’s health will enable you to have a clear understanding of what your pet’s regular health status looks like.Weekly dog health checks will allow you to quickly detect any sign of something abnormal so that you can keep track of further developments and take action early if needed. For example, if you find that Rover has nicked his paw while playing, you can disinfect it immediately and help prevent infection. If you had not paid careful attention, you might have missed it and incurred veterinary costs that were easily avoidable. Rover gets spared a lot of pain and anxiety.Canine Health Issues Under ControlA number of canine health issues are quite easy to control, provided they are caught early. One of them that is quite common among dogs is allergies. If you notice an excess of flaky skin, you may want to give Rover an essential fatty acid supplement. Once you have eliminated parasites as a cause, all you may need to do is feed him a hypo-allergenic diet for a few weeks and keep him under observation. If allowed to spread, a skin allergy can make a dog feel miserable.But finding a lump may be a different story: after all, it may be nothing but a lipoma, but what if the lump is an early sign of cancer? Early detection may mean the difference between life and death for your pet. A carefully kept dog health record will inform your vet about the latest changes in Rover’s health and give him more clues as to what may be in store.Dog Health Care Information That Is PricelessImagine your dog being hit by a car during a weekend when the veterinary clinic is closed. That is when all the dog health care information you have accumulated becomes absolutely priceless. You don’t have to just stand by watching helplessly while the emergency clinic staff do their best for Rover. You can access your best friend’s records online and supply all the information you gathered doing your weekly pet health exams. Now how good does that feel?If you have not started keeping regular canine health records yet, go do it now. Don’t wait till it is too late and you have to live with the knowledge that you could have done something, if only … Doesn’t Rover deserve your best care?