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When it comes to keeping your pet healthy, regular veterinary checkups are a must. Most cats and dogs should see the vet at least once a year and, as pets age, their wellness checkups should increase to two times per year or more depending on the individual animal’s needs.

Dog owners spend on average of $248 at the vet each ear, while cat owners spend around $219. The cost of veterinary bills can drastically increase if an animal becomes seriously ill, so prevention is key. During a wellness checkup, vets typically check for any unusual bumps on your pet’s body, make sure all of your pet’s vital signs are in line with what they should be, and listen to your pet’s heart and lungs to check for early stages of heart or respiratory disease. Catching an illness early usually means treatment is easier and less expensive.

Plus, an annual checkup is a great time for owners to discuss flea control, behavioral issues, and other questions or concerns regarding their pets with their veterinarian. Check out the top 10 reasons for vet visits below.

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