All puppies should receive a full physical exam at least by 6-8 weeks of age to check for congenital health problems, start vaccinations, and to check for disease. Puppies will usually receive their first vaccinations at this initial visit depending upon the puppy’s lifestyle and risk of exposure. During this visit, we will recommend a fecal analysis to check for intestinal parasites which will tell us which dewormer to use and we will recommend starting your puppy on heartworm preventative and flea preventative. Heartworms are an epidemic in our area, are usually considered to be deadly, are expensive to treat, and easily prevented with a once a month tablet or every 6 month injection (ProHeart 6). Nutrition and flea control will be discussed at this first visit as well as the appropriate time for the next visit.
All dogs over 4 months of age are required by state law to be vaccinated for Rabies twice within the 1st year, then once every 3 years thereafter if vaccinated with an approved 3 year vaccine.
An annual physical exam is required to make sure your pet is healthy for vaccinations. We also recommend an annual heartworm test and fecal analysis.
For dogs over 2 years of age, we offer an Annual Wellness Package which includes a complete blood count, blood chemistry, urinalysis, heartworm test, fecal analysis, full physical exam, and vaccinations. This package is recommended to determine if any abnormalities are present that were not apparent on the physical exam and to provide a baseline for the future so if your pet does develop an illness later in life, we will have normal values for comparison. Because we feel that these tests are a vital part to your pet’s health, the Annual Wellness Package is at a discounted price.