Preventive Care Vaccinations – All puppies and dogs should be vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus, combined into 1 injection and Rabies. Puppies require a series of vaccinations starting at 6 to 8 weeks of age, given at 3 to 4 weeks intervals until they are 16 to 18 weeks of age. We recommend annual revaccinations for all dogs. Additional vaccinations may be suggested if your pet goes to training classes or dog shows, is boarded or in other special situations.
Parasites – Puppies and dogs can become infected with a variety of intestinal parasites. A fecal or stool analysis for all puppies and an annual check for adult dogs is recommended. If the test is positive, the appropriate deworming medication will be prescribed for your pet.
Heartworms – Heartworms, a blood parasite, are transmitted from dog to dog by mosquitoes. Every dog should be heartworm tested annually. Fortunately, most dogs are found to be heartworm free and can be started on preventive medication. Dogs that are found to be heartworm positive should be treated immediately.
Spaying and Neutering – We recommend that all dogs which are not used for breeding be spayed or neutered. Spaying your female dog eliminates problems associated with heat periods, unwanted puppies, uterine infections and decreases the chance of mammary tumors. Having your male dog neutered decreases the problem of roaming and aggression, male hormone related tumors and unwanted puppies. The ideal time to have your pet spayed or neutered is between 6 to 7 months of age but can be done anytime after that age.
Microchipping – We recommend microchipping all puppies and dogs. A microchip, which is about the size of a piece of rice, is inserted under the skin over the shoulder area and is a permanent means to identification. If your dog is ever lost and found it is much easier to find its home if it has been microchipped.
Senior Pet Care – Most dogs are considered to be senior pets when they reach 7 years of age. Large dogs and giant breeds are considered senior pets at just 5 years of age. Dogs reaching their senior years need quality medical care and attention as their physical body ages. A senior pet wellness examination includes a complete history about how your dog is doing at home, a thorough physical examination, complete blood count (CBC), blood chemistry panel, fecal check and urinalysis. Radiographs and other diagnostic tests may also be recommended. What may look like normal signs of aging could actually be early signs of a manageable health condition. With early detection and treatment of potential problems, and proper nutrition, our senior dogs can live longer, healthier lives.