Adult dogs should be examined by a veterinarian yearly and receive routine booster vaccinations. We currently recommend yearly DA2LPP (Distemper) boosters and Rabies vaccination every two years. We also recommend Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Lyme vaccines for dogs at risk. If you are concerned about vaccinating your pet, your veterinarian can discuss the reasons for vaccination as well as alternative vaccine protocols for your pet.
It is important to have your puppy examined by a veterinarian as soon as you can, to ensure that your puppy is healthy. Puppies receive a series of vaccines to help them from getting serious illnesses. The veterinarian may also recommend deworming your puppy to treat for intestinal parasites which are common in puppies. Your veterinarian will be able to answer any questions you may have and will discuss topics such as parasite control, nutrition, and housebreaking. Neutering is recommended between 4 and 6 months old.
Older Dogs (8 years and older)
Older dogs should be examined every 6 to 12 months in addition to receiving their vaccinations. Although your dog may seem happy and healthy, your veterinarian may be able to detect diseases processes before your dog becomes ill. We recommend screening blood tests in animals over 8 years old to check for common metabolic diseases such as kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, or hypothyroidism. Your veterinarian can discuss with you any changes in your pet’s health or behavior that may be subtle signs of disease so that you and your veterinarian can work together to improve your pet’s quality of life.
Parasite control is an important part of your pet’s health and well -being. Your veterinarian can discuss the best way to protect your pet.
Heartworm Disease is spread by mosquitoes and may cause significant heart disease. If left undiagnosed and untreated, Canine Heartworm Disease may be fatal. A blood test is recommended every three years if your pet is on preventative, and yearly if it is not. There are many types of heartworm preventatives available, consult your veterinarian for the appropriate one for your pet.
Intestinal Parasites (Hookworms, Roundworms, Whipworms, and Tapeworms)
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Fleas and Ticks
Fleas may cause severe skin irritation and infection, anemia, and may spread certain infections to your pet, including tapeworms. Ticks may spread dangerous diseases including Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. We offer comprehensive flea and tick prevention for your pet that is both safe and easy to use.
Dental health is as important to your dog as it is to you. Dogs can get gingivitis (gum disease) as well as tartar and calculus build up. Dental disease can result in life-threatening heart and kidney infections as well as cause pain and discomfort to your pet. Routine prophylaxis, cleaning, polishing and other more complicated procedures can be performed at our office.