Annually, or twice yearly if over the age of seven, your pet will receive a complete and thorough physical examination. All body systems are checked from head to paw. Every animal will receive an ear, eye, and skin exam, oral cavity check, and a thoracic exam, which involves listening to the heart and lungs. Once yearly appropriate lab work will be performed for your pet, such as heartworm testing for dogs and intestinal parasite testing for dogs and cats. In senior patients, we recommend annual senior wellness lab work, which may allow us to diagnose a potential problem early before clinical signs occur.
For dogs, a Rabies vaccination is given every three years after the age of two and Distemper combination vaccination is given yearly to protect your pet against serious infections, such as leptospirosis, adenovirus, distemper virus and parvovirus. Bordetella Bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough) is given intra-nasally every six months. This vaccine is an important one especially if your pet goes to the groomer, dog parks or has a visit to our boarding resort.
Cats will receive Rabies and FVRCP vaccinations on a yearly basis. Rabies is given yearly in cats because we use a non-adjuvented FDA approved Merial Vaccine, which has been proven to help prevent vaccine induced fibrosarcomas. FeLV vaccine is given yearly only if your cat goes outdoors.
The vaccinations discussed above are considered core vaccines. Other vaccinations are available to your pet and we would be happy to discuss your pet’s lifestyle and decide if they would benefit from other vaccinations.