General Care Guidelines


​We recommend that you schedule your puppy or kitten's initial appointment with our veterinarians at 6 weeks of age.  At this visit you can expect:

  • Complete and thorough physical exam
  • Your pet's initial round of vaccines as well as a schedule for booster vaccines
  • Intestinal parasite exam
  • Feline Leukemia Test (Kittens only)
  • Your puppy or kittens first dose of parasite control and/or heartworm prevention
  • Recommendations and information on proper nutrition for your puppy or kitten
  • Information on behavior, house training, etc.
  • Answers to any other questions you may have regarding your pet's health and well being

​New puppy and kitten owners should expect to bring their pet every 3 to 4 weeks for follow up physical exams and booster vaccines. This schedule will continue until your pet is approximately 16 weeks old.  At this time your pet will receive yearly physical exams and vaccinations.  By following this important schedule you are setting your new pet up for a healthy, long and happy life. 


Your pets health is our primary concern.  It is imperative that your adult pet receive and annual physical exam. This will give our veterinarians the opportunity to assess your pet's health, decreasing the risk of any potential health problems. Vaccinations are still a mainstay for preventing certain diseases.  However, heartworm prevention and flea/tick prevention should be continued on a monthly basis. Heartworm tests should be performed annually to make sure the prevention is working properly.  Feline Leukemia(Felv) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus(FIV) are also two diseases in cats that can be transmitted very easily.  Therefore, we recommend testing annually.  

During the adult stage, dental care becomes a very important issue.  Studies have shown that dental disease can lead to much more severe problems such as kidney and heart disease.  Daily brushing with a finger brush and doggy toothpaste is something that owners can do at home to help improve their pet's dental health. 

In order to properly diagnose diseases early in their development, routine lab-work should be performed at least every 2 years during the adult stage of your pet's life.  This lab-work will include a complete blood count (CBC) to check for any signs of anemia, infection, etc. A chemistry profile will check the function of vital organs such as kidney and liver disease.  A urinalysis can check for bladder health or stones that could be present. 

You can expect a Standard Wellness Exam to include:

  • Complete and Thorough Physical Exam
  • Updating Vaccines (If necessary)
  • Heartworm Test (Canine) or Feline Leukemia/FIV test (Feline)
  • Intestinal Parasite Screening
  • Options for Parasite Control and Prevention
  • Mini Blood Profile(s)
  • Urinalysis


Pets over the age of 7 years are considered senior or geriatric.  At this time, disease and serious health conditions can develop much more rapidly. At this time routine physical exams and lab-work become very important.  It is imperative that your pet receives Senior Wellness Exams every 6 months to allow for early diagnosis and medical or surgical intervention. This allows us to closely monitor your pet for weight loss, increased drinking or urination, and other subtle signs of disease.  Sources of chronic infection, such as tooth and gum disease, can adversely affect internal organs and contribute to failing health.  Aging also increases risk of arthritis, disk disease, and other skeletal problems.  Many of these problems are readily detectable and can be controlled if diagnosed early and treated properly 

Your Senior Wellness Exam consists of the following: 

  • Complete & Thorough Physical Exam
  • Updating Vaccines (if necessary)
  • Heartworm Test (Canine) or Feline Leukemia/FIV test (Feline)
  • Intestinal Parasite Screening
  • Urinalysis
  • Thyroid Testing
  • Digital X-Rays
  • Complete Blood Profile
  • Proper Nutritional Care for Senior Pets

As the owner and care giver, you are a vital component in keeping your senior pet healthy. With proper medical care and early detection of disease you increase the likelihood of your pet aging gracefully.