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The Art of the Physical

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And how a yearly half-hour appointment can save your pet’s life

You’ve been swamped with work, bills are piling up, and your children’s afterschool commitments have you exhausted by the end of the day. With numerous obligations consuming your time and finances, you may be tempted to skip your pet’s yearly trip to the veterinarian’s office. After all, Tigger’s always been a healthy cat, and there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with Buddy. Aside from the protection offered by annual vaccines, however, the regular physical examination is one of the most important ways to keep your pet healthy.

Our pets can’t always tell us if something ails them. Many animals, especially cats, have evolved stoicism as a protective mechanism to hide weakness from predators, and so they may not show signs of illness until it is too late. Regular physical examinations are important for detecting subtle signs of disease. By completing a thorough exam, your veterinarian can identify and address painful or potentially life-threatening conditions early on.

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