Pollock Pines Veterinary Hospital - Pollock Pines, CA
Firstly, our pets can't speak, they cannot tell us if they feel off color or unwell or have any other indicators of internal illness. We need to examine them once a year as well as run some routine screening tests to detect underlying disease BEFORE it is clinically apparent.
Secondly, pets will actively mask signs of illness until late in the course of disease. This stems from survival instincts in a pack or colony situation.
Our doctors recommend a comprehensive blood and urine panel once a year for every geriatric patient. We consider every dog or cat that is 8 years of age or older to fit in this category.