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There aren't too many things that could go 'wrong' with a pup that the owner wouldn't have some inkling of before the vet visit. Those that can would be picked up with a brief physical exam (ie like heart murmur). Otherwise, sick dogs act sick. And with a yr old pup, you're just making sure they're growing - did they gain weight, are they over/underweight, are their teeth in correctly, do they eat, do they poop. Mostly you're there to get the booster, and the vet keeps an eye out for issues (ie does your dog need to lose weight, have bad tooth plaque) that result in real problems down the line. They also observe the dog's behavior and gait, which can tell them a lot.
Plus an efficient, very thorough human physical exam can take 5-10 minutes.