Did you know that often each year for the life of an animal is approximately seven years for humans? Imagine a seven-year-old dog that doesn’t go to the vet for three years. This situation would be the same as a 49-year-old person not going to the doctor for 21 years! Partners for Pets Veterinary Hospital, we recommend yearly exams and blood work as necessary for healthy pets, and more frequently with those with illness or disease. Taking proper care of your pet during their younger years can mean fewer medications as they age, and may extend the life of your pet.