A physical exam is performed yearly in young dogs and twice yearly in senior patients. This is a very important part of the annual checkup as our veterinarian checks your dogs ears, eyes, skin, feet, heart, lungs, abdomen, musculoskeletal , gastrointestinal and neurological systems. Since dogs age must faster than us, this would be like us getting a physical every 7 years. In addition, dogs can’t tell us when they start developing symptoms.
We follow the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) canine vaccine guidelines. A vaccine schedule for each dog is recommended and discussed with owners during annual wellness checkups. Changes are made depending on the best medical scientific information available on a year to year basis.
- Canine Rabies-a fatal viral disease that can infect dogs / cats and humans.
- Canine Leptospirosis---A bacterial disease that can cause disease in the liver, kidneys and other organs. Associate with standing water and mammalian urine, including dogs, raccoons and foxes. Can be transmitted to humans.
- Bordetella Bronchiseptica---An infection of the upper airways commonly called kennel cough and is highly contagious. Other organisms can cause similar symptoms.
3 YEAR VACCINATIONS
- Canine Distemper Virus---highly contagious viral infection causing fever, runny nose, cough, vomiting, twitching muscles or seizures. This vaccine can be given every three years after the first year booster.
- Canine Parvovirus---Disease of the gastrointestinal tract: puppies are most at risk. Can be given every three years after the first year booster.
- Canine Adenovirus (Hepatitis) ---A viral disease that can damage the liver, kidneys, spleen and lungs
Fecal exam checks for intestinal parasites and are recommended yearly. Common parasites found include hookworms, whipworms, roundworms and giardia.
Giardia is a potential human parasite (Zoonotic)
Heartworms are a blood parasite transmitted by an infected mosquito. Heartworms infest the hearts and lungs of the infected dog and eventually may lead to heart failure and death. We recommend heartworm preventative to be given year round.
Spaying and Neutering
In general, recommended at 6 months of age for all dogs not used for breeding. This reduces incidence of breast cancer in female dogs and prevents uterine infections as female dogs age. Current literature suggests possibly delaying surgery 6 months for certain individuals.
Annual Blood Profile
Routinely checked at annual checkup with vaccinations and heartworm test at a discounted price; used for detection and treatment of common problems associated with aging and to develop baseline for comparison. A more comprehensive senior profile plus urinalysis is recommended at 7 years of age and annually thereafter.
We strongly urge you to obtain an i.d. tag to be attached to your dog’s collar. We also offer more permanent identification with the Avid Microchip. The chip is the size of a grain of rice and is inserted underneath the skin. The i.d. number and owner information will then need to be registered by the owner with the Avid Registry. If a pet is lost and recovered, the number can be read by any agency or veterinarian who has a microchip scanner and the owner can then be traced.