The Family Pet recommends dogs and cats be given a complete annual physical exam and, if appropriate, blood, urine and/or fecal tests, even when there's not a problem.
Changes occur from year to year, especially as your pet ages. A comprehensive exam not only allows evaluating your pet for current problems, but also enables us to better understand your pet's specific health needs and develop an individualized preventative health-care program, vaccination protocols, nutrition programs, supplements, parasite control, training, dental care, and breed related disease risk factors are discussed.
It's a good idea to keep an accurate medical diary of things like your pet's elimination habits and any physical changes or unusual occurrences. Keep track of small shifts in your pet's behavior, including urinary habits and mood swings, along with diet and routine modifications. These seemingly unrelated occurrences may help explain results of your pet's medical tests
An annual examination can help prevent unnoticed problems from going untreated and getting worse
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