Regular visits to the vet helps keep your pet in good health. But it's easier said than done.
Phone ahead. Find out if the vet's practice has an appointment system or consulting hours, and find out when it's likely to be fairly quiet. Animals are frightened to go into an environment that is noisy and smells of other animals in distress. Also, if you arrive out of consulting hours, you will either have to wait while the vet finishes an operation, or have to come back later if the vet is out on house calls.