|Your Dog's Good Health
- Puppies: We recommend starting vaccinations at 6 weeks of age.
They should then receive boosters every 3 weeks until they are between 14 -
16 weeks of age. Deworming should start at 2 - 3 weeks of age and
continue with vaccinations.
- Adults: Dogs that have received their beginning series should have a
physical exam, fecal, and vaccinations yearly. Dogs that are not on
heartworm prevention should be checked for intestinal parasites at least
twice a year.
- Vaccinations should include DHLPPC and rabies for all dogs. If
you take your dog to a groomer, boarding facility, dog park, shopping, or
anywhere dogs congregate, we recommend vaccinating for Canine Influenza
Virus and Bordetella. Lyme's vaccine is recommended for dogs at risk.
- Heartworms: All dogs should be tested yearly for heartworms and
receive a monthly preventative, which is designed to prevent getting
heartworms as well as deworming for roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.
Your Cat's Good Health
- Kittens: We recommend starting vaccinations at 6 weeks of
age. They should then receive boosters every 3 weeks until
they are between 12 - 14 weeks of age. They need to be
dewormed the first time at 2 - 3 weeks of age and continue with
- Adults: Cats that have received their beginning series
should have a physical exam, fecal, and vaccinations yearly.
Cats that are not on heartworm prevention should be checked for
intestinal parasites at least twice a year.
- Vaccinations should include FVRCP with VS-FCV and rabies for all
cats. We recommend testing kittens and new adult additions to
the household for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
(FIV). Cats that are at risk should also receive Feline
Leukemia and FIV vaccines.
- Physical Exam: Every cat should have a physical exam at
least once a year. Your vet will check for potential problems,
listen to its heart and lungs, feel for abnormalities in its abdomen
and legs, and check for skin tumors.
- Lab work: Cats, especially seniors (those 6 years and up),
should have lab work done every year. This will tell the vet a
lot about the health of your cat, and help spot potential problems,
such as kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, and
hyperthyroidism, so treatment can be started at an earlier stage.
- Spay/Neuter: These procedures, which can be performed as
earlier as 4 months of age, reduce pet overpopulation but also
have medical benefits for your pet as well. This includes
eliminating the possibility of pyometra and testicular, uterine, and
ovarian cancers. Intact males develop a very strong smell to
their urine and will start marking in the house. Outside, they
have increased risks of fight injuries, diseases, and getting hit by
a car while they are roaming, looking for females. Intact
females constantly cycle if they are not bred. They have
erratic behavior while they are in heat including, squalling,
spraying urine, and attempting to get out of the house. A
female that has kittens may be back in heat before the kittens are
- Ears: Cats are very susceptible to getting ear mites.
Check your cat's ears on a regular basis for a dark brown waxy
discharge and take in to your vet if found for identification and
- Teeth: Cats acquire an accumulation of tartar on their
teeth overtime. Brushing their teeth does slow the
accumulation of tartar. Periodontal disease can cause
abscessed teeth and bad breath. Routine dentals are
- Skin: Check your cat regularly for fleas, as evidenced by
flea droppings (small black dots), sores, or reddened areas.
Cats can have allergic reactions to fleas, food, contact allergens,
or inhaled allergens.
- Dentals include scaling and polishing your pets teeth.
This procedure must be performed under anesthesia and cannot be done
during a regular office visit. We use an ultrasonic dental
machine to remove the tartar. After the teeth are cleaned,
they are polished. Polishing smooths small defects in the
enamel keeping the teeth healthier and preventing tartar from
building up as fast.
- Most dogs need a dental by the age of 4 and then every year or
two thereafter. Cats are more variable in their dental
cleaning needs. Frequency is determined by the individual,
diet, and use of dental products. Canned food and table scraps
tend to result in more tartar and periodontal disease than dry food.
- Tartar and periodontal disease are detrimental to your pet's
overall health. This can range from simple bad breath to heart
and liver disease. Since most pets do not show signs that
their mouth is painful until it is severe, bad breath may be the
only outward indication that your pet is suffering from periodontal
disease. Older pets or those with periodontal disease or
excessive tartar accumulations will need to be placed on a course of
antibiotics, starting two days before the scheduled dental.