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Annual Wellness Exams

Because your pet ages more quickly than you do, it is important that you take your pet to the veterinarian at least once a year and even more frequently as your pet gets older. Taking your pet to the veterinarian once a year is the same as if you were to see a physician for a physical exam only once every six to eight years. So much can change with regard to your pet's physical health in such a short amount of time, you can't afford to have your pet miss even one exam. Annual wellness exam give your veterinarian the chance to evaluate your pet's overall health and to detect problems before they turn into serious illnesses. Your pet can't tell you in words how he is feeling, and veterinarians must rely on a thorough physical examination and your observations of your pet in order to determine if a pet is truly healthy. As part of the wellness examination our veterinarians may recommend blood work and urinalysis. Early detection is a new way of caring for your pet, that allows us to diagnose potential diseases before they become a serious issue. By following our recommendations, many diseases can be caught early, perhaps adding years to your pet's life.

These annual exams are also time to discuss changes in your pet's lifestyle.

• Have you moved?

• Added another pet?

• Does your pet board?

• Does your pet have trouble getting up in the morning?

These questions and more help your veterinarian to make informed recommendations on your pets health care.

Do not underestimate the importance of your pet's annual wellness examination. Taking your pet to the veterinarian once a year or more means you are helping your pet live a longer and healthier life!