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Well Dog Care

PUPPIES (Birth – 1 year):


  • Wellness exam – 1st Deworming (roundworms/hookworms) – Fecal Parasite Exam and Giardia Test
  • 1st DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus) vaccination
  • 1st Flu and 1st Bordetella (tracheobronchitis) vaccinations
  • Feed premium quality puppy diet (e.g.. Science Diet, Iams, Royal Canin, Nutromax)


  • Wellness exam – 2nd Deworming – Fecal Parasite Exam
  • 2nd DHPP, 2nd Flu and 2nd Bordetella vaccinations
  • 1st Lyme Disease vaccination (for dogs with potential tick exposure)
  • 1st Leptospirosis vaccination (for dogs exposed to wildlife contaminated ground water-ponds, streams, etc.)


  • Wellness exam – Fecal Parasite Exam
  • 3rd DHPP (1 year), 2nd Lyme and Leptospirosis vaccinations and 1 year Rabies vaccination


  • Spay/Neuter-recommended for all pets not intended for show or breeding
  • Hip X-ray-screening test for hip dysplasia, recommended for all medium to large breeds
  • Microchip for permanent pet identification, recommended for all pets

ADULTS (1-10 years):

  • Annual Physical/Dental examination – Dental cleaning when tartar/gingivitis develop
  • DHPP and Rabies vaccination around 1 year of age and every three years thereafter (in alternating years) -some boarding or grooming facilities may require DHPP every 12 months
  • Annual Bordetella and Lyme Disease vaccination – some boarding or grooming facilities may require Bordetella every 6 months
  • Annual Leptospirosis and Flu vaccination as indicated by risk of exposure (grooming/boarding, dog parks, wildlife, etc.) -some boarding or grooming facilities may require every 12 month
  • Annual Heartworm/ Lyme Disease/ Ehrlichia blood test beginning at 1 year of age
  • Administer monthly Heartworm preventative and Flea/Tick preventatives year ’round
  • Fecal Parasite Exam and Giardia Test (at least annually), deworming as indicated
  • Feed premium quality maintenance diet (e.g.. Science Diet, Iams, Royal Canin, Nutromax)

SENIOR ADULTS (8-10 years and older):

  • Semi-annual Senior Wellness Examination
  • Annual Senior Wellness Laboratory Testing (screening bloodwork and urinalysis) – Additional blood tests, X-rays, EKG, ultrasound etc. as indicated
  • Vaccination and parasite control schedules as for mature adults
  • Feed premium quality senior diet or prescription/therapeutic diet as indicated by exam or test results.
  • Administer nutritional supplements, vitamins, nutroceuticals or chondroprotective agents as directed.


For the safety and comfort of your pet, as well as our other patients, all pets admitted to the hospital must be free of parasites and currently vaccinated for Bordetella, Distemper/Parvovirus and Rabies. Vaccines against Lyme disease, Flu and Leptospirosis are recommended. Current is defined as having received an initial series or 1 year booster within the prior 12 months, or DHPP 3 year and Rabies 3 year booster within the prior 3 years. Pets without verifiably current vaccinations will be examined and vaccinated upon admission at the standard fee.

VACCINATION SCHEDULES are based on current recommendations of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association), as well as the observed incidence of disease in our local geographic area and your pet’s unique lifestyle and risk of exposure.

PARASITE CONTROL PROTOCOLS are based on current recommendations of CAPC (Council for Animal Parasite Control), CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the American Heartworm Society.