Wellness Care & Vaccines
Preventive veterinary care is the cornerstone of keeping your pet their healthiest so that you and your pet can have more great years together. Since pets age more quickly than people do, it is critical to have regular physical examinations every 6-12 months to assess your pet’s health. During routine preventive exams, your veterinarian will do a nose to tail examination assessing:
- Overall Body Condition
- Heart and Lungs
- Abdominal Organs
- Musculoskeletal System
- Neurologic System
- Urogenital System
- Lymph Nodes
Annual age-appropriate lab tests, testing for heartworm and/or tick-borne diseases, and fecal tests for parasites may also be recommended for your pet. Your pet’s nutrition, diet, and exercise routines can be assessed and optimized to help your pet be in best physical condition for their lifestyle and age.
When health problems are identified, a treatment plan will be outlined to evaluate the problems in depth. If your pet appears to be healthy enough for routine preventive care, your veterinarian will discuss which immunizations are advised, as well as parasite prevention including heartworm, intestinal parasites, and ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, etc.).
Remember, keeping up with preventive care for your pet is the best way to keep your pet happy and healthy for life.
**The core vaccinations are recommended by all veterinarians to best protect dogs.
Additional vaccinations for dogs include:
Vaccinations are important to be updated regularly to prevent diseases than can shorten the lifespan of dogs and cats. Vaccinating your pets annually helps lessen the spread of infectious diseases throughout pet populations. Some vaccinations don’t just protect your pet, but they can protect you too.
Core vaccinations for dogs:
* The core vaccinations may depend on what region you live in and travel to. Not all of the additional vaccinations will be recommended for your dog.
Core vaccinations for cats:
- Herpesvirus 1
*The core vaccinations are recommended by all veterinarians to best protect cats.
In addition to the core vaccinations for your cat, be sure to talk with your veterinarian about the Feline Leukemia vaccine.