Preventive Health Care for Dogs


Preventive Care Plans for Dogs

We believe that a sound preventive health care regimen is the easiest and most effective way to keep your dog healthy and happy, and our goal is to partner with you to ensure optimal health for your dog.

Many canine diseases are easily preventable and most can be effectively treated and even cured if detected early enough. However, if allowed to develop and progress unchecked, many diseases can quickly become difficult and expensive to treat, and, in some cases, incurable. Therefore, we strongly encourage every dog owner to take a proactive approach to preventive care.

Our comprehensive dog wellness programs consist of:

  • Annual or Semi-Annual Physical Exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Blood and Urine analysis
  • Ongoing Health and Wellness education
  • Periodic at-home monitoring

Annual Wellness Exams

Taking an active role in a dog wellness program begins with visits to the veterinarian for periodic physical exams. The physical exam is a comprehensive assessment of your dog's health. Because your dog cannot speak for himself, we rely on the owners to provide us with key information to help us to assess your dog's health. Our veterinarians will ask you specific questions, and your answers will help guide the examination to assess overall health and reveal developing health issues that can easily go unnoticed.

Your veterinarian will review various aspects of your dog's health, including:

After the physical exam, our veterinarian will discuss with you the findings and what should be done to keep your dog in optimal health.

Canine Nutrition

Overall health and quality of life depend heavily on the amount and type of food consumed on a daily basis. Low quality dog food, and treats high in fat or sugar can negatively affect your canine companion physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Dogs of all ages and life stages can benefit from a sound nutrition program, including:

  • Puppies: Generally speaking, puppies may need increased frequency of feeding and more proteins and fats
  • Adult Dogs: Concern for weight management, breed specific, and lifestyle specific nutrition choices
  • Senior Dogs: Many senior dogs have health concerns that may require specific nutritional choices

There are many factors that must be considered when creating a nutritional plan for a dog, including breed, age, health conditions, and more. This is why you should discuss the nutritional needs of your dog with a veterinarian at your next appointment.

Other considerations when choosing a diet include:

  • The best diet for breed, age, and activity level
  • Items ok to add to your dog's food
  • Supplements
  • Healthy dog treats
  • What to avoid feeding

We are happy to discuss any supplements or treats you may be using, as it will help us have a complete picture of your dog's health. This is a great topic for discussion that can allow us to partner with you and take a team approach to optimizing your dog's health. Some of your "people" food may even be a great addition to your dog's diet. However, let us help you to determine the type and amount that is best.

For more information on dog nutrition, visit the Dog Nutrition page.

Canine Dental Care

Your dog's oral health is key for maintaining overall health. The unfortunate reality is that periodontal disease affects most dogs by age 4-5. Dental disease is generally gradual, and dogs adjust to living with oral pain and will not show signs that they are uncomfortable. For this reason, periodic and thorough dental care is essential to your dog's overall health. During this part of the exam, we will look at the teeth, tongue, and oral cavity.

Some of the possible dental conditions which can affect your dog include:

  • Malocclusion
  • Tooth loss/broken teeth
  • Mouth sores and ulcers
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontal Disease

A thorough oral cleaning is something you should trust to your veterinarian approximately every 12 months, but brushing can be performed on your canine companion in the comfort of your home. You can also help facilitate good health by providing toys and treats formulated to help strengthen and/or clean your dog's teeth and gums.

For more information on dental care for dogs, visit the Dog Dental care page.

Protecting your Dog from Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks can be a great nuisance to your dog and family. These pesky insects cause discomfort and can carry disease to your dog and possibly to your family.

While these parasites are common, it is our goal that your pet never has to experiences the irritation fleas and ticks cause. We can work with you to set up a preventive plan to avoid infestation of your pet and your home. We will help to customize a plan for your dog based upon the dog's lifestyle, and number and type of pets in the household. There are many flea and tick products on the market, and they are not all created equal. Our doctors and staff are knowledgeable about these parasites and the best ways to prevent them.

For more information on flea and tick prevention for dogs, visit the Dog Flea and Tick page.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are a foundational and critically important part of the preventive care plan. The vaccinations we recommend will prevent diseases that are a serious threat to the health, longevity, and quality of life of your dog. When owners stop vaccinating, we see a resurgence of these very deadly diseases.

Generally, a vaccine protocol consists of a series of immunizations given to your dog as a puppy, boosters at one year, and then periodically throughout its lifetime.

Although the rabies vaccine is the only vaccination currently required by law in most states, we strongly recommend making sure your canine companion is up to date on all of its core and non-core vaccinations. Your veterinarian can help determine a vaccination schedule as part of your dog health program based specifically on the lifestyle, geographic location, and pre-existing medical conditions of your dog.

For more information on vaccinations, visit the Dog Vaccinations page.

Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm is another very important core of the preventative healthcare for all dogs. Heartworm is a deadly but completely and easily preventable disease. Heartworms spread through dogs via bites from infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are present throughout the spring, summer, and early fall months, and can even live inside during the winter. For this reason, we recommend prevention all year round.

There are a number of medications that are highly effective and commonly used across the veterinary industry. We will help you determine which product is the safest, most cost effective for you, and most effective for your dog.

For more information on heartworm prevention for dogs, visit the Dog Heartworm page.

Intestinal Parasites

Canine intestinal parasites, commonly referred to as "worms", are one of the most common conditions seen in both young puppies and adult dogs.

Dogs can contract worms by:

  • Ingesting eggs (most commonly stepping in feces and licking paws later)
  • Passed from the mother during gestation
  • Consuming an intermediate host like a flea or a small animal

Furthermore, some worms can infect humans, making intestinal parasites a health issue for dogs and humans alike. Our veterinary team can prescribe a preventive program to help your dog remain parasite free, and implement a treatment program to fight off any existing infestation.

Puppy Care

One of the greatest joys in life is having a cuddly, cute puppy to have and hold, but it can also be stressful to know how to properly care for a puppy. It is important for you come see us as soon as you get your puppy so we can set you on the right path as soon as possible, both with preventive care and puppy training.

During this first visit we will give your puppy a complete physical exam, update all necessary vaccinations, provide deworming medication, and spend time educating you on your puppy's needs.

Our puppy health care services include:

  • Periodic Wellness Exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Puppy Nutrition
  • Behavior/Potty Training
  • Planning for Spaying and Neutering

For more information on puppy care, visit the Puppy Care page.

Senior Dog Care

We love senior dogs for their calm demeanor and the elderly wisdom they can bring to our lives. Most senior dogs have settled into a gentle routine and require less exercise. It is our goal to help your senior dog age gracefully and comfortably.

We understand that the experience of caring for an older dog can be a tremendously rewarding one that enhances and enriches the lives of the dogs themselves, as well as their human caretakers.

We offer a full array of senior dog health care services, including:

  • Senior Dog Wellness Exams
  • Nutritional Consultation
  • Body Condition Evaluations
  • Dental Care
  • Pain assessments and pain management
  • Exercise/Activity Recommendations
  • Vaccinations

Pain Management

No dog should be allowed to suffer when their pain can be easily managed. Our pain management services can significantly improve the quality of life for many dogs who are experiencing pain associated with a wide variety of conditions. Our veterinarians will work with you and your dog to develop a unique pain management plan that best serves his or her individual needs.

Our pain management plans may include one or more of the following modalities:

  • Medication
  • Laser Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Lifestyle Recommendations

Schedule an Appointment to discuss a Preventative Care Plan for your Dog!

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