“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” At Northwoods Veterinary Clinic, we emphasize preventative care through many of our services because we believe the best way to deal with an illness is to prevent it. That’s why we recommend annual or bi-annual wellness exams, combined with vaccinations and parasite control.
Dog Wellness Exams/Preventative Care
During our wellness exams, we inspect each dog from nose to tail. We often incorporate stress-free techniques such as tasty treat distractions and minimal restraint to keep dogs feeling relaxed and happy during their examinations. All dogs receive a report card during each wellness visit. If we detect any abnormalities, we can either recommend treatment or schedule laboratory testing.
We also encourage you to let us know about any behavioral or other issues that you’ve noticed with your dog. We can provide several recommendations to address a variety of problems.
Parasite control is also critical to your dog’s overall health. We follow the American Heartworm Society’s guidelines for heartworm and intestinal parasite screening. This means that dogs are tested annually for heartworms and intestinal parasites.
Another important part of your dog’s wellness visit is the administration of vaccines. We tailor our vaccination protocols to each patient’s lifestyle, and we follow the canine vaccination protocol developed by AAHA. Our vaccination/wellness protocols include:
- DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus) vaccine every 3-4 weeks from 6-8 weeks to 16 weeks of age; Leptospirosis can be added, depending on exposure risk
- Rabies vaccine at 16 weeks of age and yearly thereafter; three-year rabies vaccine also available
- DHPP or DHLPP vaccine at 1 year of age and every 3 years thereafter
- Optional Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine, based on exposure risk; given every 6-12 months depending on boarding facility requirements
- Lyme and influenza vaccines available, but not routinely given; administered if animal is deemed to be high risk
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