Adult Canine

We consider a dog to be an adult when over 1 year of age.  We feel the geriatric ages can vary depending on the breed and size of the dog with larger breeds aging at a faster rate.  Thus, small to medium sized breeds would be considered geriatric at age 9 and over, then large breed dogs can be considered geriatric as early as age 6 to 7 years.

We feel that all dogs should be seen by the veterinarian at least once a year and more if needed.  We recommend as a core plan for all adult dogs to receive once a year a comprehensive physical exam, a heartworm blood test, a fecal test, and to be updated on all vaccinations that are appropriate for that pet.  We have devised 3 different categories (see below) for adult dogs and recommendations for annual wellness care for each.  However, each owner can visit with the veterinarian about a custom protocol for their pet to meet their specific needs.

 

Homebody Dogs (These are pets that basically never leave the confines of their home and yards)

Annual Comprehensive Physical Exam

Annual Heartworm Test

Annual Fecal Test

Annual Canine DA2PP Vaccine

Annual Canine Rabies Vaccine *

 

Urban Dogs (These are dogs that are Homebody’s but get out to go to boarding facilities, grooming facilities, dog parks, etc.)

Annual Comprehensive Physical Exam

Annual Heartworm Test

Annual Fecal Test

Annual Canine DA2PP Vaccine

Annual Canine Rabies Vaccine*

Annual Lepto Vaccine

Annual Influenza Vaccine

Annual Bordetella Vaccine

 

Rural Dogs (These are dogs that have country living and have a higher exposure to other animals in the wild)

Annual Comprehensive Physical Exam

Annual Heartworm Test

Annual Fecal Test

Annual Canine DA2PP Vaccine

Annual Canine Rabies Vaccine*

Annual Lepto Vaccine

Annual Lyme Vaccine

Rattlesnake Vaccine

 

Notes:

* We have a 3 yr Canine Rabies Vaccine available on request

– On pets receiving more than two vaccines (esp. small breed dogs) it is ideal to split those over multiply visits with doing 2 vaccines per visit and separate the visits by two weeks or more

– These above protocols are a starting place and can be modified to fit any pets specific needs.

-We recommend that all dogs be on yearly heartworm prevention / flea control

 

 

 

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