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Yearly Check Up Question

Bella is 5 years old and Dani is 11. They are due for their yearly check up in Fall. This has been a good year for them, thank the Lord, because they haven't needed a vet visit.

So I want to know what I should have done when we go in. I will have to get the one-year Rabies shot by law, and I'll have blood work done. But what else should I consider? We skipped Parvo, etc, last year for the first time and will skip them this year as well.

Also, we need a Thread on dealing with an older dog. DaniGirl is 11 and I'm not sure how much to expect from her--is a walk good, how much, etc. I've been brushing the teeth of both of them to prevent disease (and to save $$$ in cleanings!) so I feel like that's helping to keep her healthy.
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Bella is 5 years old and Dani is 11. They are due for their yearly check up in Fall. This has been a good year for them, thank the Lord, because they haven't needed a vet visit.

So I want to know what I should have done when we go in. I will have to get the one-year Rabies shot by law, and I'll have blood work done. But what else should I consider? We skipped Parvo, etc, last year for the first time and will skip them this year as well.

Also, we need a Thread on dealing with an older dog. DaniGirl is 11 and I'm not sure how much to expect from her--is a walk good, how much, etc. I've been brushing the teeth of both of them to prevent disease (and to save $$$ in cleanings!) so I feel like that's helping to keep her healthy.
Good for you Nancy. The vet will decide the important stuff. As far as vacs. that's a personal choice, all I know is that my Molly won't be getting any vacs except the mandatory rabies, when she's 14. Good for you for the teeth work, critical. Walks are always good ,just judge for yourself whether they are not getting fatigued. Let them do what they want, as far as smelling the roses., If they stop sniffing and look disinterested, it's time to take them home. Yeah we need a geriatric thread. See what I can come up with . Good idea.

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Great idea about knowing when a dog is too tired to walk. Dani certainly loves to sniff the neighborhood. And she jumps and twirls around when it's feeding time so I know she's not hurting. We usually take her around half a mile or less on our walks. The temps here have been in the 100s and when it's too hot early in the morning, we leave her at home. Thanks again for the help.
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