Our hospital encourages preventive medicine. It is much easier and more cost effective to take steps to keep your pet healthy, rather than treat them once they become sick. Because pets are living longer, they are experiencing increased problems with chronic illnesses and cancer. The earlier a problem is diagnosed and a treatment plan started, the better the outcome. We recommend at least annual wellness examinations by one of our veterinarians in order to detect any changes or illness in pets as they age. In addition to a physical examination, other diagnostic tests (laboratory work, urinalysis, fecal exam, x-rays, etc) are often recommended if a problem is detected. Ask your veterinarian which tests are appropriate for your dog or cat.