Just as people should visit their dentist and their doctor regularly, all dogs should see their veterinarian at least once a year. Oftentimes your dog is due for vaccinations, but even if they are not, a pet's health can change a lot in a year due to environment, stress, genetic conditions, and routine aging. By examining your dog and discussing their lifestyle and behavior with you, your veterinarian can determine if your dog may have any health issues of which you are unaware, and catch emerging health problems before they become serious.
An annual visit includes a thorough nose to tail examination as detailed below, appropriate vaccinations, parasite control, and nutrition, weight and behavioral counseling. As well, your veterinarian will be able to advise you on any preventive care measures you can be taking to help your dog live a long and healthy life. Of course, you can request your choice of veterinarian for your visit.
A thorough dental check-up is a routine part of your dog’s physical examination. Healthy teeth and gums are directly linked to your dog’s general health and well-being. Dental disease can lead to the spread of bacteria through the bloodstream, settling in vital organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver and causing serious illness.
Health problems are always easier and less costly to treat when they are detected early.
There are many vaccines available to protect your dog from many diseases. Our philosophy is to use vaccines only for diseases that our patients are at risk of contracting. We follow the Guidelines of the American Animal Hospital Association in choosing our "Core Vaccines." From the time a dog is two years old, we stop vaccinating for every disease annually. During your annual visit, your veterinarian will discuss your dog's lifestyle, and vaccines will be prescribed as needed.
It has always been our goal to recommend only vaccines that are needed for individual dogs, rather than having a one-size-fits-all protocol. For instance, we don’t use Corona virus vaccine in dogs because the disease is so mild. We recommend Leptospirosis and Lyme protection only to dogs whose lifestyle puts them at risk of contracting the disease. We don't have one blanket protocol that fits all our patients.