Charlie turns 1 year old later this month. I am first wondering if that means he needs a vet visit. If not at a year, when would be the next time to take him?
Next, what is typical for a vet to do at a dog check-up? I like my vet and she's a neighbor, but I end up spending a ton of $ money when we see her.
Finally, to neuter or not? I have not a heard a compelling reason why I need to though most people seem to neuter.
My dogs generally go to the vet every year. So depending when his last puppy shots I would personally aim for a year after that (give or take a month). He is likely due for some shots at that point.
The yearly visit is a physical examination of the dog, usually a fecal test and discuss any questions or concerns. Then they give whatever shot they are due for (Rocky is on a 2-3 year rotation for most shots so it depends what is due that year). At one year they probably get all of them as a follow-up to puppy shots but that is to be discussed with vet. Then you have stuff like bordetella which is option (unless the dog goes to boarding or other place that requires it).
There are plenty of threads on the neutering topic.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Mine get a yearly exam, which includes heart & lung checks, ears, teeth & fecal exam & if they are due for any boosters. Since our girls run hunt tests & are in the woods a lot, we also do semi-annual heartworm & lyme testing.
I usually bring mine in early in the Spring for their annual heartworm test, routine exam and whatever vaccines they might need. Other than that - it's as needed for any issues (most recently an ear infection for Blaise).
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.