Preventative Medicine: Because of the short lifespan of our pets, we stress the importance of an annual physical examination. Annual vaccines, while necessary, are not enough alone. To give our pets the best chance of a long healthy life they need to maintain a lean body weight, get regular heartworm prevention and dental care. They also need an annual exam to be screened for common diseases on a regular basis. Thorough exams and preventive care can help alleviate serious health problems.