What is a health plan? A health plan is a schedule or list of recommended tests, treatments, and vaccinations designed to maintain optimum health. This health plan is designed according to your pets’ age. Following our recommendations will allow your pet to thrive rather than merely survive. Your pet will likely spend most of his or her life in close contact with you and following the plan aids in preventing diseases from passing to you and your family.
Puppies should be examined every 4 weeks until 16 weeks of age, then once per year after that. Adult canines should be examined once per year. As your pet enters its golden years (7years+), we recommend biannual exams. Early detection of common geriatric illnesses improve your pets’ quality of life.
Fecal floatation for intestinal parasites should be done on the initial visit and then once per year. Fecals are repeated after treatment of any parasite to insure infestations are resolved. This test is ran in house and we will have the results within 10-15 minutes.
Heartworm, Ehrlichia, Lyme, Anaplasma Test should be done once per year to check for Heartworms (Transmitted by mosquitoes) as well as Lyme, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasma (tick borne diseases). This test is ran in house and we will have the results within 10 minutes.
Senior Pet Diagnostics: include Chest and Abdominal X-rays, Urinalysis, Comprehensive Blood Profile to check organ function, Complete Blood Cell Count, Thyroid/Cholesterol Panel, and an Electrocardiogram to check the heart.
Interceptor Plus: should be given every 30 days to control the infestation of heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. By keeping your pet parasite free, Interceptor aids in preventing transmission of parasites from your pet to your family members.
Vectra (Topical 30 day Product), Credelio (Oral 30 day Product), or Bravecto (Oral 12 week Product) should be used to prevent infestation of fleas and ticks, both of which can transmit blood borne parasites to your family. We recommend treating your home and yard with a Siphotrol brand product if an infestation occurs.
Spaying or Neutering: Can be done as early as 16 weeks of age. Females who are spayed prior to the first heat cycle will be less likely to develop mammary tumors or develop life threatening uterine infections later in life. Males who are neutered are less likely to develop prostate problems, aggressive behaviors, and are less likely to roam.
Microchip Placement: Is recommend to be done at time of spay or neuter but can be done any time. This is a great way of getting a lost pet home. All shelters and veterinary offices have scanners. We use home again microchips.
Blood Test and ECG: Presurgical and ECG screens are done at time of surgical procedures to assure safe anesthesia.
Diet/Hygiene: We recommend meat based diets such as: Purina Pro Plan, it is Purina’s highest line of nutrition.
- Brush teeth daily
- Trim toenails every 2-4 weeks
- Bathing every 2-4 weeks with dog shampoo
- Brushing hair coat helps to reduce shedding
- Cleaning ears once monthly or after bathing
Training: Desensitizing your pet to things that we will do here at the clinic will help him or her be more comfortable when he or she is here. For example when you are home and your pet is relaxing play with his or her paws and ears so they learn that it is not a bad thing.
Interval vaccinations are recommended for purebred dogs less than 25 lbs and Boxers to reduce the reaction to vaccines. This means that your pet should not get more than 2 vaccines per visit.
DHPP vaccine contains prevention against the following:
- Distemper is considered to be one of the most dangerous diseases of dogs. It is very widespread and nearly every dog will be exposed during their lifetime. Dogs with distemper may suffer coughing, vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms followed in 1-3 weeks by death.
- Infectious Canine Hepatitis affects the dog’s liver. It spreads through an infected dog’s urine and exposure can mean anything from a mild infection to death.
- Parainfluenza is an airborne virus affecting the upper respiratory system. It can seriously affect older or weakened dogs, especially those under stress.
- Parvovirus made its devastating worldwide appearance in 1978. Transmitted through contact with an infected dog’s feces (flies can be carriers), Parvo is a highly contagious epidemic and life threatening to your dog. It causes life threatening vomiting and diarrhea. This vaccine should be given at 6-8 weeks of age. A booster is required every 4 weeks until 16 weeks of age then a year later. After that the vaccine is given every 3 years.
LEPTOSPIROSIS is a bacterial infection that can lead to kidney and liver failure. Disability or even death in severe cases may be possible. Leptospirosis can reside in your pet as a low level infection for months or years, infecting other dogs while weakening yours. This is contracted from infected urine of wildlife by pets drinking from puddles or slow moving streams. Leptospirosis is a zoonatic disease, which means we can get this as well. The first vaccine is given as early as 9-10 weeks of age; and a booster is required within 2-4 weeks then yearly.
LYME or Lyme disease, or Borreliosis, is a tick-borne disease affecting both humans and animals. It is a rapidly growing problem and has been reported in 47 states. A lyme vaccine is recommended for all dogs. The first vaccine is given as early as 9-10 weeks of age; and a booster is required within 2-4 weeks, then yearly. As of 2015 25 counties in WV are considered endemic for Lyme disease. 342 Dogs tested positive for lyme disease in 2019.
RABIES is a fatal infection of the nervous system that attacks all warm-blooded animals including humans. Rabies is a public health hazard and a risk to all pet owners. Rabies is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. Even a dog kept indoors can come in contact with a rabies carrier in a basement, garage, or attic. There is no cure for rabies. West Virginia state law requires that all cats & dogs be properly vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age. Boosters are required after the first year and every 3 years thereafter.
BORDETELLA or Tracheobronchitis, also know as kennel cough, is an upper respiratory infection that shows up as a persistent, dry hacking cough. This disease can last several weeks and is highly contagious. If your pet goes to be groomed, for obedience classes, boarding or is taken to stores or facilities where there are other dogs, then your pet should be vaccinated. The vaccine is given as early as 9-10 weeks of age, then every 6-12 months according to their lifestyle.
Please note that any vaccine given late or for the first time needs to be boosted in 4 weeks with the exception of the Rabies vaccine.