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Small Animal Routine Health Schedule






 

Dog Recommended Health Schedule


Da2P (Distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvovirus)

  • As a puppy, this vaccine is given at 6 weeks, 9 weeks, and 12 weeks of age.
  • As an adult, this vaccine is boostered every 2 or 3 years depending
    on age.

Rabies

  • As a puppy, this vaccine is given at 12 weeks of age and is boostered in 1 year.
  • As an adult, this vaccine is boostered every 2 years.

Kennel Cough (Bordetella)

  • Kennel cough is highly contagious and is spread between dogs. We recommend your dog be vaccinated if it visits a kennel/boarding facility, grooming salon, obedience classes, hunting groups, etc.
  • Dogs must be 8 weeks of age or older. The vaccine is given annually.

Lyme Disease (Borreliosis)

  • We recommend your dog be vaccinated if it is a primarily outdoor dog or spends a lot of time hunting or is in tall grass and trees.
  • Initial series of vaccine is two doses given 2-3 weeks apart. Dogs must be 9 weeks of age or older.
  • After initial series, vaccine is boostered annually.

Fecal examinations

  • General deworming (for roundworms and hookworms) is done at every vaccination appointment. However, there are several parasites, which are not routinely dewormed for which your animal may ingest. We recommend a fecal examination at least annually to check for these parasites.

Surgery – Castration and Spaying

  • Surgery for your pet is recommended to be done between 5-6 months of age. If an animal is spayed before her first heat cycle, it will dramatically reduce the incidence of mammary tumors and decreases her risk for certain types of cancer. Castrating your male dog helps to eliminate running and reduces aggressive behavior.

Heartworm Testing and Preventative

  • Annual heartworm testing is recommended in any dog over 6 months of age. Our testing procedure requires a small blood sample and includes a screening for Lyme, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichia exposure, all tick born diseases.
  • We recommend using a heartworm preventative for our patients to use to prevent heartworm disease. Use May 1st through November 1st (mosquito season in Minnesota) or year round if this is more convenient or if your pet is a traveler.

Flea and Tick Preventative

  • We recommend using flea and tick preventative to prevent disease transmission and for the safety of your pet and family. We carry a variety of products such as: Frontline Plus, Nexgard, and Revolution.

Dental Care

  • Good oral health promotes good overall health. We recommend your pet’s teeth be checked regularly. If your pet’s teeth are heavy with tartar, gingivitis, or periodontal disease, we recommend cleaning by ultrasonic scaling and polishing; with dental x-rays and oral extractions performed as necessary.







 

Cat Recommended Health Schedule


FVRCP (Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia Psittaci)

  • As a kitten, this vaccine is given at 8 and 12 weeks of age.
  • As an adult, this vaccine is boostered every 2 or 3 years depending
    on age.

Rabies

  • As a kitten, this vaccine is given at 12 wk of age and is boostered in one year.
  • As an adult, this vaccine is boostered every 2 years.

Feline Leukemia

  • As a kitten, this vaccine is given at 9 weeks and 12 weeks of age.
  • As an adult, this vaccine is boostered every 2 or 3 years depending on age.
  • We recommend any outdoor cat or cat that spends time outdoors, or any cat with exposure to outdoor cats be vaccinated for feline leukemia.

Fecal Examinations

  • General deworming (roundworms and hookworms) is done at every vaccination appointment. However, any animal with loosened stool or a new kitten should have its feces tested for parasites. There are several parasites an animal can get into if it goes outside, and a fecal examination should be tested yearly.

Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

  • Both of these diseases are spread directly from cat to cat, and both cause terminal effects. Commonly known as “kitty aids” FIV is a newly discovered disease, which suppresses the immune system of cats.
  • Any kitten or cat over 12 weeks of age should be tested for these diseases. A small blood sample is needed to check for this.

Surgery – Castration, Spaying, and Declawing

  • Surgery for your cat can be done any time close to 6 months of age. Spaying before the first heat cycle in females drastically reduces incidence of mammary cancer and unwanted pregnancy, and neutering males will prevent behaviors such as urinary spraying from developing.
  • Declawing can be done at the same time as castration or spaying. We use a laser machine to declaw the cats. The laser has many benefits including: less bleeding, less swelling, less risk of infection, and, most importantly less pain.

Flea and Tick Preventative

  • We recommend using flea and tick preventative. We carry a variety of products such as Frontline and Revolution. Frontline is by far our favorite and is safe and easy to apply.

Dental Care

  • Good oral health promotes good overall health. We recommend that your pet’s teeth be checked regularly. If your pet’s teeth have evidence of gingivitis, tartar or broken teeth, we recommend cleaning by ultrasonic scaling and polishing. Dental x-rays and oral extractions may be performed as necessary.

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