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A pet should be scheduled for a physical examination by veterinarian at least once or twice a year. The exam exposes any hidden health problems, which may not be apparent just from looking at your pet.

A physical exam involves two parts beginning with a check from nose to tail of your pet. The second part allows for a veterinarian to perform lab tests including blood profile to check internal organ function, heartworm blood test and a microscopic fecal examination to check for intestinal parasites. These tests allow for the veterinarian to find hidden problems before they develop further into more serious problems. The physical exam along with tests gives a veterinarian a clear picture of your pet’s overall health. An examination is the best time for your pet to be up-to-date on his or her vaccinations also.