Our canine care is carefully designed to provide caring, compassionate, long-term, life-stage veterinary care for your dog, from puppyhood through his or her senior years. We are advocates of preventive health care through bi-annual comprehensive exams, vaccinations, laboratory testing and excellent dental care. We will provide tailored vaccination schedules, behavioral counseling and helpful suggestions for health and dental care at home that will keep your dog healthy, happy, and protected against preventable illnesses for a long life with you and your family. Again, we recommend that we see your dog at least twice a year for a comprehensive wellness exam.
Vaccines are important in preventing serious disease in dogs, but no vaccine is 100% effective or 100% free of side effects (such as allergic reaction, shock, autoimmune disease, and others). For these reasons, it is important to design a individualized vaccine protocol for each dog, maximizing protection against the diseases your dog is likely to be exposed to while using the fewest vaccines possible.
Our current vaccine recommendations are based on up-to-date research and the incidence of disease in our area. During your dog's exam we will ask you questions to assess your dog’s individual risk. We will then design a customized vaccine protocol for your dog. This protocol can be modified as needed when that lifestyle changes, so be sure to let us know so we can keep your dog protected!
Parasites like fleas and ticks can cause serious illness and even death in dogs. For example, ticks can transmit infections like Lyme disease, and fleas can transmit tapeworms. Another type of parasite, called a heartworm, is transmitted by mosquitoes. Heartworms live in your dog’s lungs and heart, causing damage to these organs, and sometimes even death. Intestinal parasites, like roundworms and hookworms, also threaten dogs and are even transmissible to humans.
You may not always be able to tell if your dog has parasites. Fleas can hide under your dog’s fur, and some ticks are very tiny (only the size of a pinhead), so they are very difficult to find. Intestinal parasites like roundworms can cause diarrhea and other problems, but many infected pets don’t show any signs of illness at all.
Fortunately, we can recommend tests to tell if your dog has parasites. We can also examine your dog for evidence of fleas, ticks, or other parasites and will recommend medications to help you control fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. Preventing parasites in your dog also helps protect children and other family members, so let’s work together to protect your dog and your family.