Just as people should go to the doctor and dentist regularly for a checkup you should do the same for your pet. The goal is to detect a problem at early stages before it becomes a big issue. It is the nature of dogs and cats to hide signs of disease because in the wild any sign of weakness was a vulnerability. So even if your pet is acting normal it still could have an illness developing. By the time they show symptoms it can be far advanced.
A thorough exam and wellness lab testing can often uncover problems. There is a better prognosis and less cost associated with treatment when diseases are detected in early stages. Each pet evaluation is specifically tailored to your their breed, age, and lifestyle. Certain breeds have genetic predispositions that are taken into account.
Even if lab testing is normal, this baseline data provides great information. This is analyzed yearly looking for trends or unexpected changes. Make a point to get your pet checked yearly and twice yearly for geriatric pets.
By Dr. Aileen Lugo
Pet Doctor At Home