Canine Adult Wellness

Through discussion and evaluation of your dog's health and lifestyle, we will recommend a guideline specific for your pet.  Guidelines may include the following:

Adult Canine Guideline

Yearly Exam

  • Vaccinations 
  • Heartworm Test
  • Parasite screening (fecal test)
  • Wellness Profile

Bi-Annual Exam

  • Vaccination 
  • Heartworm Test
  • Parasite screening (Fecal Test)
  • Wellness Profile

Adult dogs with no vaccine history may need vaccines dependent of health and doctor's discretion.

Vaccinations

We will outline an individualized vaccination schedule and protocol for pet.  We will determine through discussion and physical exam what vaccines your pet needs. 

Types of Vaccines

Rabies

Rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted from the bite of an infected animal.  Any warm-blooded animal is capable of becoming rabid.  Signs of rabies include changes in behavior (i.e. aggressive behaviors or blunted mental status), seizures, coma, or any other neurological signs. This vaccine is extremely important due the severity of this disease; it is 100% fatal and there is no cure.  Additionally, it is a public health concern, as people can get this deadly disease. A current Rabies vaccination of your pet is also required by law. Frequency of the rabies vaccine is mandated by state and county law.

DHLPP

This vaccination protects against a combination of diseases that infect dogs.  The viral and bacterial  diseases from which we seek to protect dogs with this vaccine include the following:

Canine Distemper Virus (D)

This is a viral disease that can cause respiratory complications, gastrointestinal problems, conjunctivitis, central nervous system disorder, and even death. The virus can be transmitted from dog to dog through direct contact with fresh urine, blood or saliva.  Sneezing, coughing and sharing food and water bowls are all possible ways for the virus to be transmitted.

Infectious Canine Hepatitis (H)

This viral disease  can cause fever, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, diarrhea, coughing, and lethargy.  It is a viral infection that targets the liver and kidneys.  The virus is  spread  in the feces, urine, blood, saliva, and nasal discharge of infected dogs and is picked up through the oral mucosa and nasal cavity. 

Leptospirosis (L)

This is a bacteria that is found in many types of outdoor environments.  This bacteria can infect the kidneys and liver. Symptoms can be kidney or   liver failure, severe lethargy, fever, decreased or no appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and increased drinking/urination.  This disease has a high mortality rate.  Transmission may be through water, food, or soil that contains urine from infected animals. Leptospirosis is contagious to people. 

Parainfluenza Virus (P)

This virus may cause coughing, low-grade fever, nasal discharge, lack of energy, and loss of appetite. This virus is transmitted through the air, and spreads rapidly in kennels or shelters where a large numbers of dogs are kept together.  Your pet may also be exposed to this virus at grooming facilities, dog parks, and even on walks in your neighborhood.

Parvovirus (P)

This  viral disease may causes severe bloody diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration,  loss of appetite, immune suppression, and blood infection. Puppies and dogs can die from parvovirus infection.  It is shed in the feces of infected animals and can persist in the environment for months to years.

Bordetella (Kennel Cough)

This is a bacterial disease that is part of the kennel cough disease complex.  Animals with the disease will often present with a cough.  The vaccine is recommended for dogs and puppies that are boarded in kennels, groomed in professional grooming facilities, participating in puppy or obedience classes, frequenting pet stores, or attending dog shows.  This vaccine requires a bi-yearly vaccination booster.  If a puppy receives a bordetella vaccine before turning 16 weeks of age, the vaccine will need to be boostered 3-4 weeks later. Then once every six months.

Exams

Regular wellness exams allow AMC doctors to evaluate your pet's general health and become aware of any health problems before they become serious illnesses. Since your pet cannot vocalize his/her feelings, you must rely on regular physical examinations by our veterinarian and your at-home observations to assess your pet's health. Our doctors may also wish to perform diagnostic tests, including blood tests and/or x-rays, to evaluate your pet's health.

Parasite Screening

We will check your pet for external parasites, such as fleas, ringworm, and ear mites. We will also perform an analysis of your pet's feces to check for internal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia, and giardia.  Please bring a stool sample to all scheduled appointments. These intestinal parasites have zoonotic potential.  Zoonosis means humans are susceptible to disease resulting in skin infection and sometimes blindness in children.

Heartworm Test

Heartworms are transmitted by infected mosquitoes. These parasites inhabit the heart and lungs of infected animals and can cause serious damage, even death.  A Heartworm test will be recommended every 6 months, and required yearly to obtain heartworm prevention. 
 

Wellness Profiles

Junior Wellness Profile/ Junior blood work

This may be recommended to ensure younger pets are healthy while growing. This test allows our doctors to detect abnormalities before they become a major concern to your pet's health.  It is comprised of a complete blood count and chemistry panel. 

Basic Wellness Profile / Senior blood work

This may be recommended for pets with health issues and for pets 5-7 years and older.  Our doctors will recommend the frequency based on age and the heath status of your beloved pet.  This test allows our doctors to detect common age-related diseases.  These tests may include a complete blood count, blood chemistry panel, urinalysis, thyroid testing, and heartworm testing.