During the course of your dog's annual visit with us, a technician will collect a thorough patient history and the doctor will review this and perform a comprehensive physical examination. Your pet will be examined from tip of the nose to it's tail, looking to uncover any abnormal signs of disease. After a full examination is performed, your veterinarian may recommend some of the following (HINT: Underlined text contains informative links!):
RECOMMENDED VACCINES FOR CANINE PATIENTS:
DA2PL VACCINE - For puppies/dogs 6 weeks and older
3 boosters are required initially (2-3 weeks apart), then given annually.
This vaccine combination includes protection against - Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus types 1 & 2, Canine Parvovirus and 4 different serovars of Canine Leptospirosis. These common canine viruses and diseases can be life threatening to your pet.
BORDETELLA VACCINE - For puppies/dogs 8 weeks and older
Oral Vaccine - Only one vaccine is required initially, thereafter, an annual vaccine is required for continued protection. This vaccine helps to protect against kennel cough caused by the bacteria Bordetella bronchiseptica. Kennel cough is a contagious cough your pet can get from being around unprotected dogs or boarding facilities.
RABIES VACCINE - For puppies/dogs 12 weeks and older
Rabies vaccines must be given before 6 months of age to ensure your pet is protected. After the initial rabies vaccine, your pet should receive a rabies vaccine at least every three years. Requirements for the rabies vaccine vary from state to state.
LYME DISEASE VACCINE - For puppies/dogs 16 weeks or older
2 boosters (2-3 weeks apart) are required initially, then given annually.
Lyme disease is an infection caused by the spirochete bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, which is spread primarily by the painless bite of an infected tick. If you live near a field or wooded area your pet should have this vaccine.
CANINE INFLUENZA (H3N8 & H3N2) VACCINE - For puppies/dogs 16 weeks or older
2 boosters (2-4 weeks apart) are required initially, then given annually.
Canine Influenza CIV (H3N8 & H3N2) are newly emerging infectious diseases caused by a "flu" virus. Because the virus is relatively new, dogs have no natural immunity to it unless they have already had the virus and have recovered from it.
RECOMMENDED HEALTH SCREENING TESTS
INTESTINAL PARASITE SCREENING / FECAL SCREENING / STOOL SCREENING
This screening helps us determine if your pet has any intestinal worms and other microscopic parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, coccidia or giardia. Some parasites have zoonotic potential, which means they can be passed from your pet to you or your children. Therefore, it is important to have you dogs feces checked at least every year.
A urine specimen can provide your veterinarian with a myriad of information. Including early signs of kidney disease which is the leading cause of death in geriatric patients. A Urinalysis can also show signs of early liver problems, bleeding disorders, high blood sugar or urinary tract infections, which 1 in 3 dogs tend to have without showing symptoms.
HEARTWORM AND TICK-BORNE SCREENING
This examination of your pet's blood will test to see if your dog has heartworms. It also checks for other tick borne diseases such as Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichiosis. Even if your dog has been on heartworm preventive, annual testing is recommended by the American Heartworm Society. Though most heartworm preventatives supply sufficient protection, no preventive is 100% effective.
WELLNESS BLOOD SCREENING
Just as with people, your pet’s health will change as it ages. Since pets age faster than people do (roughly 5-7 times faster!), major health changes can happen quickly. Our doctor may recommend a wellness blood screening which consists of a basic blood chemistry profile, electrolyte panels and complete CBC) that will check your pet’s liver, kidneys, pancreas, blood sugar, minerals and electrolytes. Uncovering disease before symptoms arise can help ensure your pet lives a long and healthy life.