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Vet visits important for healthy pets

August 17, 2007

Albany -- We told you Thursday night that Subway, the lab mix puppy rescued from an east Albany drain pipe last month, died from an infection.

Animal advocates say that's proof we all need to make sure our pets get regular check-ups.

Veterinarians say they need to see puppies early on.

If your pet gets sick, you should get it examined as soon as possible.

But even healthy pets need to go to the vet at least once a year for preventive care.

"It's our opportunity to put our hands on the animal,"said Companion Animal Hospital vet, Ira Roth DVM. "If we didn't vaccinate, but every three years or if its not required to have the rabbis vaccination, we might not see those animals. And if they develop heart worms and if they have a heart murmur, if they got some sort of tumor developing we can identify it earlier and have more success in treating it."

The rabies vaccine is the only shot required for pets by the state of Georgia.

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