Annual Examinations

Your pet’s annual physical exam by your veterinarian includes an inspection of your pet’s eyes, ears, teeth, heart, and other important organs. Our veterinarians are calm, compassionate, and willing to explain all the procedures your pet undergoes. We want both you and your pet to feel comfortable here at The Veterinary Hospital.

Other Recommended Annual Treatments

  • Dental Cleaning – Like you, your pet needs regular dental care. Ideally, a pet’s teeth and gums should be brushed daily; however, even the most cooperative animal will often reject this process. There are alternative options like dental treats, water additives, and dental rinses available that can help, but the best option for your pet is to make sure he or she gets annual dental cleanings with your veterinarian. Without regular dental care, periodontal disease can progress and not only cause mouth and tooth pain, but also create even more serious internal issues.
  • Blood Work – We highly recommend that you bring your pet in to check his or her blood work annually. It is important to perform these regular checks due to the fact that our pets age much faster than we do. A lot can change with the internal organ function of an animal in a year, and submitting a yearly blood panel is one of the best ways to make sure your pet stays in his or her best health.
  • Fecal Examinations – It is important to have a fecal check done for your pet at least once a year. What this entails is checking for intestinal parasites that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Even adult animals are at risk of getting internal parasites, and they will not always show signs of having them. Your pet can be exposed to parasites through the environment and other animals. Having a yearly fecal examination done also protects you and your family – many intestinal parasites can be transferred to humans.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are extremely important to the health of your pet and to prevent the spread of disease. Dogs and cats each have a schedule which should be followed for vaccinations, as listed below:

Dogs:

8 Weeks Old 12 Weeks Old 16 Weeks Old 1 Year Old After 1 Year: Annually After 1 Year: Every 3 Years
DHPP x x x x x
Rabies x x x
Bordetella x x x
  • Puppies should get a DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus) booster at 8, 12, and 16 weeks.
  • Puppies should get their first Rabies vaccination at 16 weeks; they can also get their first Bordetella (Kennel Cough) vaccination at this time.
  • Puppies will be due for another booster (of their DHPP, Rabies, and Bordetella vaccinations) one year after their 16 week vaccinations.
  • After they have their one year boosters, dogs need DHPP and Rabies vaccinations every 3 years, and their Bordetella vaccination annually.

Cats:

8 Weeks Old 12 Weeks Old 16 Weeks Old 1 Year Old After 1 Year: Annually After 1 Year: Every 3 Years
FVRCP x x x x x x
FELV x x x x x
Rabies x x x x
  • Kittens should get an FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus Infection, Panleukopenia) booster at 8, 12, and 16 weeks.
  • Kittens should get FELV (Feline Leukemia) boosters at 12 and 16 weeks.
  • Kittens should get their first Rabies vaccination at 16 weeks.
  • Kittens will be due for another booster (of all 3 vaccinations) one year after their 16 week vaccinations.
  • After they have their one year boosters, cats need FVRCP, FELV, and Rabies vaccinations every 3 years.