We’ve all heard it before – veterinarians urge us to bring our pets in for a checkup once or twice a year, even if they’re in apparently perfect health. This may seem puzzling to some of us. Why should we bring our pets to the veterinarian and pay for a visit if we think our pets are looking and feeling fine?
It’s actually really important to have your pet examined, blood work and all, at least once a year. Why? Think about it: as humans age, checkups become more and more important in order to monitor for conditions that become more common with aging. The same goes for your pet. What’s more, even though your pet may appear healthy, he or she might be sick without you even knowing about it. Pets can’t talk (obviously), so they can’t tell you how they’re feeling. Through instinct, they are also very good a compensating and hiding detectable signs or symptoms of disease from us.