How Often is a Comprehensive Physical Exam and Blood Screen Necessary?

Every species of animal ages at a different rate, and so does every breed of dog. Generally, large dogs age faster than small dogs.Ask your veterinarian how to plan for your individual pet’s optimal life-span. Described here are the “average” life stages for a dog or cat and our advice for basic well care management.

How old is your pet?

The First Year
One Year Old
Two Years Old
Three to Seven
Eight to Ten
Eleven Plus

How Often is a Comprehensive Physical Exam and Blood Screen Necessary?

Every species of animal ages at a different rate, and so does every breed of dog. Generally, large dogs age faster than small dogs.Ask your veterinarian how to plan for your individual pet’s optimal life-span. Described here are the “average” life stages for a dog or cat and our advice for basic well care management.

How old is your pet?

The First Year
One Year Old
Two Years Old
Three to Seven
Eight to Ten
Eleven Plus

At What Other Times is a Comprehensive Physical Exam and Blood Screen Necessary?

Pets with disease conditions require more intense monitoring than healthy pets. Medical technology changes rapidly and visiting your veterinarian regularly ensures that your pet is receiving the very best, up-to-date care. Of course, a physical exam is appropriate anytime you suspect a problem.

If you observe these signs, please call us to schedule an appointment:

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Stool or urine accidents
  • Increase in sleep or restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Breathlessness
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty walking or moving
  • Frequent vomiting

  • Poor appetite
  • Increase in thirst or urination
  • Bad breath
  • Dull, flaky hair coat
  • Lumps & bumps
  • Foul body odor
  • Behavior change
  • Crying or whimpering

At What Other Times is a Comprehensive Physical Exam and Blood Screen Necessary?

Pets with disease conditions require more intense monitoring than healthy pets. Medical technology changes rapidly and visiting your veterinarian regularly ensures that your pet is receiving the very best, up-to-date care. Of course, a physical exam is appropriate anytime you suspect a problem.

If you observe these signs, please call us to schedule an appointment:

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Stool or urine accidents
  • Increase in sleep or restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Breathlessness
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty walking or moving
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Poor appetite
  • Increase in thirst or urination
  • Bad breath
  • Dull, flaky hair coat
  • Lumps & bumps
  • Foul body odor
  • Behavior change
  • Crying or whimpering