Wellness Care Dogs
A regular and comprehensive exam ensures the overall health of your pet for the long run. We strive to ensure that any issues are caught early and that your pet receives the best care at all time.
Recommendations for your pets care are based from the American Animal Hospital Association guidelines:
An annual stool check to screen for intestinal parasites is strongly encouraged. Some parasites can cause illness or even death to your pet Some parasites can be passed on to people. To try to keep risks to a minimum, regular screening helps to ensure every one is kept healthy!
Heartworm disease a complex disease that is transmitted through mosquitoes. Unfortunately this disease is all to common in unprotected pets especially in our area. Annual screening (at minimum) is recommended for heartworms, as well for exposure to some tickborne diseases.
Vaccine recommendations are base off the most recent American Animal Hospital Association Vaccine Guidelines:
Rabies vaccine: Rabies vaccine is required by law for all dogs and cats. Rabies is a fatal disease that is spread through saliva of infected animals.
DA2PP: (Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus). this multivalent viral vaccine should be given every 3 weeks from the time a puppy is 6 to 8 wks of age until about 5 months. After 1 year, this vaccine can be boostered every 3 years.
Leptospirosis: This is considered a “noncore” vaccine. It is generally combined with the DA2PP vaccine for puppies/dogs older than 3 months. 2 boosters 3 weeks apart are needed for initial immunization, then annual boosters required afterwards. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease (meaning people can contract it) and it can cause kidney and liver failure. We recommend our patients are vaccinating against Leptospirosis unless medical concerns dictate otherwise.
Bordetella bronchiseptica: “kennel cough”
This is an upper respiratory disease contagious between dogs (and rarely cats). Most vaccines are have a labeled revaccination frequency of every year, but some facilities require every 6 (or rarely every 3) months.
Canine Influenza Virus: “C.I.V.”