When you’re not feeling well you know it and you seek medical attention. But our pets can’t talk, and they can’t tell us how they feel. That’s why it’s often so difficult to know when something is wrong.
In addition to the communication issue, pets are also very good at hiding their illness and injury. They know that slower, weaker, less hardy prey will find themselves at the mercy of stronger predators. So they instinctively do their best to hide their symptoms and appear strong and healthy. By the time pets actually begins to show symptoms of an illness, it has usually progressed to the point where they are so ill they simply can’t hide it any more.
Yearly exams help pets live longerAn annual examination is your pet’s best opportunity for a long healthy life.
Just because your pet appears to be in good health doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong. Sometimes a thorough annual physical examination will uncover important health issues that would otherwise go unnoticed.
Cats often receive less care than dogs. They are very independent animals and they’re easier to care for than dogs. Unfortunately, that often means they get less routine veterinary care. Cats visit the vet about half as often as dogs.
Both dogs and cats need annual physical exams to monitor their health, and to identify dangerous health issues before they become more serious. With proper care and routine veterinary supervision, your pet can lead a longer, healthier life.
Pets age faster than humansA year may not seem like such a long time to you, but in “pet years” that one year is comparable to 5 – 10 years of aging for a human.
Your pet’s health can change a lot in just a few months. That’s why pets need routine preventive care. Your pet should be examined at least once a year. As adult pets age, these annual veterinary visits become even more important. Hence, seniors should be examined every 6 months.
The importance of annual screeningsHere are some of the reasons that routine physicals are so important:
Your veterinarian is your partner in providing the best possible care for your pet. By working together, you can give your pet a longer, happier, healthier life… and isn’t that really what it’s all about?
Weekends, Holidays and After-hours we are available 24 hours daily 365 days a year at our location for local service by your veterinary team. Please call our office in case of emergency.
Please note - Weekend, Holiday and After-hour service is offered only to current clientele who have not transferred their files to another facility and whose animals are a patient of our practice that has been examined by one of our doctors in the past 24 months.
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