In a dog’s life cycle, a year is a long time – and many health changes can take place. That’s why, from puppies to seniors, all dogs need routine annual preventive care to live longer, healthier lives.

Ideally, we should examine your dog every six months. If your dog is older or has medical problems, he may need even more frequent examinations.

During a checkup, you can expect us to review these aspects of your pet’s health:

Vaccination status
Parasite control
Oral/Dental health
Daily Activity
Vision And Hearing
Digestive System
Respiratory System
Muscles & Joints
Skin & Coat
Urinary/Bowel Habits
Current Medications

Vaccinations For Puppies & Dogs

Vaccinations are a vital part of your pet’s preventive health care and should be administered on a regular schedule, depending on your pet’s age and overall health status.

Vaccinations provide protection from a number of serious diseases, including the following:

DISTEMPER an airborne viral disease which can affect the lungs, intestines and brain
HEPATITIS a viral disease of the liver
LEPTOSPIROSIS a bacterial disease of the urinary tract
PARVOVIRUS a viral disease of the intestines
RABIES a viral disease that can be fatal to humans and other animals
BORDARELLA a bacterial infection of the upper respiratory system, often referred to as “kennel cough”

Recommended Vaccinations for Puppies (6 weeks to 1 year old)

6-8 WEEKS DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus)
11-12 WEEKS DLPP (distemper, leptospirosis, parvovirus and parainfluenza)
15-16 WEEKS DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus)
OVER 3 MONTHS Rabies (repeat 1 year later)
7-9 MONTHS First heartworm test

Parasite Control

Heartworm Prevention

Did you know that just one bite from an infected mosquito can send worm larvae into your pet’s circulatory system? Or that the larvae mature into worms which burrow into an animal’s heart and adjacent vessels making it difficult for him to breathe?

Many animals with heartworm do not show signs until about two years after developing the disease. Because heartworm is a potentially fatal illness that is preventable, we recommend treatment year-round with a once-a month preventive, such as Heartguard, which we have in the office. Some heartworm preventives also protect animals from intestinal parasites

We recommend heartworm testing of all dogs if they are on heartworm prevention medication. If heartworm testing is negative, preventive care can be given immediately.

Preventing Intestinal Parasites

Roundworms and hookworms in the feces of infected dogs can cause serious disease in people, especially children. We recommend preventive treatment for worms to protect your dog’s health as well as your own.

All dogs should have an annual fecal examination to determine if intestinal parasites are present. If parasites are found, appropriate medication will be given. When treatment is complete, we will prescribe the most appropriate preventive care. Some heartworm preventives also protect animals from intestinal parasites.