Whenever possible, veterinary exams on older dogs should be performed by a practitioner who has examined the dog before or the veterinarian who first examined the dog as a young puppy, writes Seattle veterinarian Raelynn Farnsworth. Geriatric exams differ from a puppy's first visit in that they are more comprehensive -- first trips typically include a thorough wellness exam and discussions of vaccine schedules and spaying or neutering, while older dogs may need X-rays, blood work and other detailed tests.

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