Annual Visits

canstockphoto13875397An adult canine’s annual check-up consists of an annual exam, vaccinations deemed appropriate for your dog based on his/her lifestyle, an intestinal parasite screen, and laboratory blood work, which includes a heartworm test. Annual vaccinations include a one-year or three-year Rabies vaccination, a combination Distemper vaccination which includes immunizations against Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, and Bordetella (kennel cough.) The Bordetella vaccine is an intranasal vaccination that is required every 6 months unless otherwise instructed by a veterinarian.

Your cats’ annual check-up consists of an annual exam, appropriate vaccinations, and laboratory blood work. Most cats will receive two or three vaccinations. If your cat is strictly indoors, your cat will not require a Feline Leukemia vaccination like an outdoor cat. This is because the incidence of Feline Leukemia in strictly indoor cats is low. Both indoor and outdoor cats should have a Rabies and Feline Distemper vaccination. The Feline Distemper vaccination protects against several upper respiratory viruses.

The most important part of the annual visit is the physical exam and wellness blood profile. This blood profile gives the doctors base line physical parameters and blood work to refer back to in case your pet becomes ill during the year. It also helps in detecting underlying illnesses by reporting kidney functions, liver function, blood cell counts, as well as a heartworm test for canines. By law, veterinarians require proof of a negative heartworm test within the past year (1) in order to approve an online prescription or sell heartworm preventive for your dog.

The intestinal parasite screen is another aspect of the annual exam which should not be overlooked. The fecal exam detects internal parasites which not only can affect your pets’ health, but also may infect humans. These internal parasites include whipworm, roundworm, hookworm, tapeworms and coccidia. Detecting these parasites are especially important in households with young children.

Call 210-824-7344 for annual check up rates.