Most of us have heard the expression, and by the time we are in our thirties, we’ve observed the truth of it not only in ourselves but in our friends. With our pet friends, it is no different. Most of our pets age at least seven times faster than we do, and for some small mammals, it is 21 times faster. An annual physical is necessary in pets because changes happen very quickly, and a two pound gain per year is just not healthy. Remember, obesity in pets is a real problem and can decrease their life expectancy by up to two years. Parasite problems, obesity, increased water consumption, dental disease, a lump, a low grade ear infection…any of these health concerns and more can be picked up with a discussion and a good physical exam.