Yearly Recommendations for Adult Dogs
At Arden Animal Hospital, we believe that prevention is the best medicine! To keep your best friend healthy and happy, we recommend certain preventative services annually.
One of the most important components of good preventative care includes a yearly physical exam by one of our compassionate veterinarians. They have the knowledge and skill to detect issues early and may be able to fix them before they turn into bigger issues.
These are the vaccines that every adult dog should receive no matter what their breed or lifestyle.
RABIES: Given first at 16 weeks then boosted 1 year later. For adult dogs over 2 years of age, this vaccine is given every 3 years.
DHPP: This vaccine provides protection from Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza. Given as a series in puppies, and as a yearly vaccine in adult dogs, this vaccine protects against some of the most deadly viruses in dogs.
The necessity of these vaccines depends on your dog's specific lifestyle. Call our hospital or an appointment with one of our veterinarians to discuss whether they may be necessary for your pet!
LEPTOSPIROSIS: This infectious bacterial disease can be spread by wildlife and vaccination is necessary if your dog comes in contact with wild animals, their urine and feces.
BORDETELLA: This vaccine protects against the most common strains of 'kennel cough" and should be given yearly if your dog goes to the groomer, dog park, or any place that he or she sees other dogs.
RATTLESNAKE: This newer vaccine should be given yearly to any dog who goes camping, to the river, or anywhere he or she could come in contact with a rattlesnake. This vaccination gives you more time to bring your pet to the vet and can reduce the treatment needed in case of a dreaded rattlesnake bite.
Whether lap dogs or working farm dogs, our pets come into contact with a whole host of parasites everyday. Many of these can even be transmitted to humans! Because of this, we recommend yearly fecal and heartworm testing as well as monthly preventatives including heartworm, flea and tick prevention.
Early Detection Labwork
Our dog's medical problems can be costly, especially if they have reached an advanced stage without us even knowing! To detect many treatable problems early, Arden Animal Hospital recommends annual blood, some sometimes urine testing. These tests check metabolic function as well as the health of many of your pet's most important organs, such as the liver and kidneys. Catching possible problems early can greatly reduce the cost of treatment of many common problems and extend your pet's life if caught early enough.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give our hospital a call and schedule an appointment today!