Pets are just like humans, as we age, it’s important that we check for conditions and illnesses that are likely to pop up as we get older. Checkups for symptoms, blood work, and physicals are important because your pet may be affected by a condition that you may not even notice symptoms of. Unlike humans, your pet is unable to tell you if they have any “invisible” symptoms that you may not be seeing.
A comprehensive exam at American Animal Hospital includes a full snout to tail physical exam. We screen yearly for internal parasites and common diseases such as Lyme and Heartworm. Our vaccine protocol is customized to your pet’s lifestyle. We promote vaccine titers versus just automatically administering vaccines every 3 years. We believe that checking antibody levels before routinely vaccinating, decrease vaccine reactions and other possible complications. The cost to titer is about the same as the vaccine. Don’t worry, should your pet’s titer come back low, the vaccine is no charge!
For some pets, we recommend one to two physicals and blood tests per year as your dog gets older so we can test for any deviations in their baselines and any triggers for disease or illness. We’re able to detect things like bumps in glucose which could mean your pet is developing diabetes or arthritis.
Think of your pet’s health like you think of your own, it’s so much better to be proactive than to be reactive. Just because your pet isn’t showing signs of being sick does not mean that they are not.