Even though your pet only needs vaccinations every 1-3 years, we recommend your pet should be seen every year for wellness exams. For senior pets, we encourage wellness exams to be performed every 6 months. As a pet ages, yearly blood work determines how well their internal organs are functioning. Diabetes, liver failure, kidney disease, and thyroid disease are but a few of the common problems that can be detected early so treatment can be done to prolong your beloved pet's life.
If your pet is on long-term medications (Rimadyl, Metacam, thyroid medications, and heart treatments), yearly blood work is necessary to make sure that the proper dose of medication is given or to assess possible complications from the medication. Most blood tests can be run in our hospital for faster results. Remember, 1 year in a pets life is like 7 human years.