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Published: May 16, 2011

There are plenty of things a pet owner should know, and skipping veterinarian appointments can hinder an owner's knowledge of their pet's health.

Missing a yearly exam can affect a pet because there are some health problems that a non-professional can overlook.

"Remember, in one year a pet ages about the equivalent of seven human years, and tremendous changes can happen in those 12 months," Bernadine Cruz, a veterinarian in California, told Women's Day.

Cruz continues to advise that after the canine turns seven, vet appointments should become more frequent to avoid any serious illness.

Pet parents should also be aware that the notion that purbreeds are healthier than mutts is a common misconception. Another veterinarian explains that breeders look for certain characteristics, and this can affect the dog's health.

Common human medications can be poisonous for our furry friends, including Ibuprofen.

Vets can help in more than giving vaccinations and treat illnesses. If you are having problems with mundane tasks such as clipping your pooch's nails, you can ask your vet to show you a more effective way.