Wellness Care and Vaccinations for Your Pet

We recommend that your pet have a complete physical exam every six months to one year to look for early signs of disease along with vaccinations and annual screening for intestinal parasites and heartworms. We emphasize affordable blood screening panels to ensure a pet's health.

Remember that pets age so much faster than people! A year between physical exams in your dog is like you waiting 7 years between exams with your doctor. A lot can change in that amount of time!

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Partner with us to keep your pets well

Why Parasite Control is Important for Pets

Parasites are an unnecessary nuisance and can carry serious diseases that affect your pet’s overall health and longevity. And your pet doesn't have to be outdoors in order to get infected—parasites can hitch along your clothing and make their way into your home. Let us help protect your pet with parasite preventives.

Physical Exam

First, we start with a physical exam to assess your pet’s outward health (and oral health) for any sign of problems. With every annual exam, we'll become more familiar with your pet and can detect issues as your pet changes.

Pet Diagnostics

Next, we suggest blood and fecal testing to screen for internal parasites and diseases that we can't normally see. This gives us a more complete picture of the overall health of your pet and, if necessary, we can suggest treatment plans to help.


Vaccines are a very important aspect of your pet's lifelong care. Our veterinarians will always recommend vaccines that best suit your pet’s lifestyle, along with a schedule to help keep them on track and at their healthiest based on any change in lifestyle.

Pet Education

Collaboration is always the key between you and your pet's doctor. During your pet's appointment, we are here to answer any questions you have during your pet's appointment to ensure that we're on the same page regarding your pet's care.

Recommended Vaccines for Dogs


We recommend vaccination against this flu virus for all our dog patients. Canine influenza can live on surfaces for extended periods of time and travels easily through the air. Additionally, all dogs are vaccinated against diseases recommend by the greater veterinary community.

All dogs receive core vaccines:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Parvovirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Parainfluenza
  • Canine Influenza

If your dog attends doggy daycare or goes to boarding facilities, we recommend Bordetella as well.

Recommended Vaccines for Cats


Fortunately, cats don’t have to worry about coming down with a bad case of the flu. But if they go outside, they will likely need to be protected against feline leukemia.

Cats receive essential vaccine protection against:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Calicivirus
  • Rhinotracheitis
  • Feline leukemia

Vaccines have proven to be an effective way to keep cats healthier over the course of their lives.

Preventing Illness, Disease, and Other Health Issues

Certain diseases—like rabies, parvovirus, and distemper—can spread quickly and can have devastating consequences. Fortunately for your pet, vaccinations are a safe and easy way to keep your pet, and your family, healthy.

Vaccinations help your pet’s immune system recognize and destroy viruses and infections before any harm is done. A regular vaccination schedule can protect your pet for life.

Our animal hospital uses the safest and highest-quality vaccines on the market to keep adverse reactions to a minimum. However, some puppies and kittens might seem a bit lethargic the day after their first booster shots, which is normal. For those rare pets that do experience an allergic reaction, we might opt to discontinue the vaccine responsible. If your pet is not acting like themselves after being vaccinated, let us know immediately.


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