One of the most important things you can do for your pet is to provide him or her with regular veterinary care. Not only is it best to see a veterinarian when your pet is sick, but also when your pet is healthy to prevent sickness.
How often you should see your vet will depend on your vet’s recommendations. Dogs and cats age faster than humans do, and as your pet gets older, he or she may need more trips to the vet to identify potential health problems.
In addition to regular exams, you should also follow your vet-recommended pet vaccination schedule. Common diseases like upper respiratory infection or distemper can be prevented by a simple vaccine.
For a listing of veterinarians, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association website has a directory where you can search by city and by specialty.