Regularly scheduled checkups are absolutely essential to your pet’s health and happiness. The vast majority of issues are more easily treated when detected early, but unfortunately, many pets deliberately try to hide symptoms for as long as they can. It’s another instinctual hold-over. A thousand years ago, if you showed signs of weakness, you very likely turned into someone’s dinner. If you toughed it out you had a chance of recovering from an injury or illness. Your pet depends on you to recognize early signs of trouble, whether you do it with an observing eye or you take your pet for a regularly scheduled checkup. You’d bring your pet in to check out an obvious problem in a heartbeat. Tie a regular checkup to appointments for annual vaccinations and you’ll save money and help keep your pet healthy.