During a comprehensive exam, the doctor checks the heart, lungs, eyes, ears, skin condition, musculoskeletal system, flexion and extension of joints, mouth, teeth, gums, and any other condition you might be concerned about.
It is standard procedure and good medicine to do an exam each time vaccines are given to ensure that your pet is in good enough health to receive vaccines. If vaccines are given when a pet is not in good health, they can aggravate whatever condition your pet is suffering from at that time and be less effective.
We recommend that your pet receive a full physical exam at least once a year if he or she is 7 years old or younger. Once your pet has passed age 7, he or she is considered a senior citizen, and we recommend an exam every 6 months after that point.