Every year a pet is required and recommended to have a physical examination by a veterinarian. This is mostly directed towards domestic animals like cats and dogs but often the same principles apply to equine or swine, just in a different capacity. Ensuring your pet has an annual exam on a yearly basis will not only help keep them healthy but help in early disease prevention. Each pet has different needs and physical conditions; therefore keeping touch with the changes they endure over the years is essential. Many areas of the body are checked during a physical examination.