Annual physical examinations and accurate history taking are important ways to detect problems in your pets early so that they can be addressed before they become severe or unmanageable.  Changes in your pet’s appetite, energy level, and drinking habits are all important to note at home since these changes, even if they are subtle, can help our vets detect underlying medical problems.  Blood work is recommended annually for our senior pets (usually over 10 years of age in large breed dogs) or in those adult pets with abnormal findings on exam or history.