Annual wellness exams and testing by your veterinarian, no matter what age your pet may be, could potentially detect early disease processes in an apparently healthy animal.
Wellness testing may include blood and urine testing. These tests are a simple and effective way to monitor your pets health. There are four main groups of testing that are performed: a complete blood count, biochemistry profiles, urinalysis, and thyroid testing.
In middle aged to older pets, other comprehensive testing may be indicated by your veterinarian. Test results are usually available within days after the samples are sent to the lab.
Seeing your veterinarian can help decide what type of wellness testing is indicated after a thorough exam of your pet. By being proactive and making sure your pet is as healthy as he or she appears, you are ensuring your pet will have a healthy, active, and long life.