Veterinarians recommend regular wellness exams for the same reason pet parent health care providers recommend them. Being able to detect problems in their early stages results in better opportunities for illnesses to be treated with better success. An annual wellness exam is a perfect time to have your pet's overall health evaluated and any changes noted and treated, including any dental issues that should be addressed. Many pet parents have their pet's annual vaccinations done and preventive medication needs addressed during this exam.
Your veterinarian can make recommendations and suggestions for an overall wellness program based on your pet's current health, age, and activity level. Some breeds are prone to certain health problems and the annual wellness exam is the perfect opportunity for your veterinarian to monitor and stay on top of your pet's health.