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Why do our pets need preventive examinations?
Firstly, our pets can't speak and sometimes it can be difficult to tell in the early stage of disease or illness that there is something actually wrong. You know your pet well and helping you identify changes in appetite, behavior, activity levels, thirst and interactions with you and your family can be the first step in recognizing something is not quite right. In senior/geriatric patients we should examine them every 6 months as well as run some routine blood/urine screening tests to detect underlying disease BEFORE it is clinically apparent and/or to monitor conditions as your pet ages.
Secondly, pets will sometimes actively mask signs of illness until late in the course of disease. Cats are masters at not letting us know they are unwell or hurting so we all need to learn how to observe and pay attention to their needs.
Use the age chart below to find your pets age in "people" years and testing recommended for each stage of his or her life.
We believe the following tests give us the best chance of helping your pets live longer, healthier lives.
These are approximations and may vary by gender, species and breed.