VMC of Fort Mill recommends an comprehensive exam at least once a year. This helps pet owners to stay up to date with all their pets yearly requirements and needs. Some things you might have done in a yearly wellness exam are fecal checks for parasites, heartworm tests, senior or junior bloodwork panels, vaccines, and any other health concerns you might have.
“Regular wellness exams allow your veterinarian to evaluate your pet’s general health and become aware of any health problems before they become serious illnesses. Since your pet cannot vocalize his feelings, you must rely on regular physical examinations by a veterinarian and your at-home observations to assess your pet’s health. Your veterinarian may also wish to perform diagnostic tests, including blood tests and/or x-rays, to evaluate your pet’s health.
Routine blood testing, urinalysis (urine testing) and other tests are recommended for all pets in their “senior years.” Your veterinarian may recommend routine blood testing and urinalysis for younger pets to establish baseline values, which can be used for comparison as pets age.” AAHA