Hello there my curious Anon!
On the topic of vet checkups:
General rule is to make sure they get checkups when they are young till adulthood to where you should get them checked every half year or year. Of course, they need checkups when their shots need to be renewed and especially if they are sick. Paying attention to signs of sickness are important, animals will often hide that they aren’t feeling good.
On cats, when they are kittens they need to be brought to the vet around once a month to get their necessary vaccination and to make sure they have a clean bill of health.
The kittens will need those monthly vaccinations until at least 4 months of age, in which the next time they should be brought in is at 6 months so they can get spayed or neuter and then again at 1 year old. After that checkups should be either every 6 months or year.
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For dogs, it is just like with cats. When they are puppies, you need to give them monthly check ups to get them all up to date on their shots and also to keep an eye on their health. Then comes the spaying or neutering. After that, either every 6 months or year.
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For the other critters, I’ll let someone else here aid you for the answers you seek!
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Most poultry don’t have to see a vet unless they’re sick. If you keep an eye out for respiratory issues, injuries, and prolapse in hens, as well as having your chicks vaccinated and being careful about who and what your poultry are exposed to, you can avoid ever having to go to the vet, but you should always keep at least one vet who will treat poultry on file in case something comes up that you can’t handle safely without the help of a professional.
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Horses should see a vet at least once a year, (some people say every 6 months) and as many more times throughout the year as the vet deems necessary, taking into account the age, necessary vaccines, any injuries, if she’s with foal, and other factors along those lines. It really does depend on the horse.
Mares in foal should get regular check ups, foals should see a vet more often in their first year, but after annually is alright.
Horses should also see a farrier every 6-8 weeks, and have there teeth floated or filed when needed. If you are showing your horse a “coggins” test is needed, and its a good idea to have your horse vaccinated, and you should be up to date on worming, which can be done at home by you or your barn owner. Every horse should get a rabies vaccine.
Your heard/flock should see a vet annually for vaccinations and several more times a year to check pregnant animals or injury/sickness.
Its important to find a vet to treat your animal in a timely fashion. Large live stock animals do require a mobile vet in case of a broken leg or a downed animal, but smaller animals like goats and pigs can sometimes be transported. Some vets will refuse to treat small livestock like chickens, so its important to find a vet that will give your smaller animals the time of day and important to find a vet that will treat large animals, because many do not these days.
Rabbits are alright with a yearly check up, and when they are sick, injured or having babies. Finding a good vet that is good with small animals is very important. Rabbits are fragile and if your planning on spaying/neutering your pet you need someone who knows what they’re doing. Here is a list from rabbit.org on vets in your state/(some) international county of vets that treat rabbits. Here on page 11 is a list of things to watch for in bunnies and also includes a list of vets on another page.
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So, doing some research on the hedge hogs, J and King Kookie found some websites on hedgehog care, and reading the webpages, it looks like the hedges should see the vet frequently when they are first brought home and then annually after. Its a good idea to have a vet that is used to working with hedge hogs. Common problems include mites and parasites. Read more on the sources below!
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As for reptiles, it’s always necessary to quarantine your newly acquired animals. Use different tools and place them in a different room in the house away from your regular reptile room, preferably on the other side of the house. Before introducing your reptile to your established collection, you should take them to the vet along with fecal samples at least once (more than once if you suspect an illness!). After you and the vet determine that your reptile is safe to be housed with everyone else, it’s ideal to take them to the vet at least every six months for regular checkups (minimum once a year).
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Companion birds - parrots, cockatiels, finches, and the like - should be seen at least once a year to have their weight checked and a physical exam performed. Fecal samples may be taken to check, but blood samples are rare. If your bird requires regular beak maintenance, nail trimming, or wing clipping, you may need to bring in your bird up to a monthly basis. Like reptiles, it’s also always necessary to quarantine any newly acquired animal from the rest of the flock.
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