We’re All About Wellness

“An ounce a 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.

Pet Wellness Care in North Charleston Pet Wellness Exams/Preventative Care

During our wellness exams, we inspect each pet from nose to tail. All pets receive a report card during each wellness visit. If we detect any abnormalities, we can either recommend treatment or schedule laboratory testing. We encourage you to let us know about any behavioral or other issues that you’ve noticed with your pet. We can provide several recommendations to address a variety of problems.

Parasite control is also critical to your pet’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. Cats that routinely go outdoors are tested annually for intestinal parasites.

Pet Vaccinations

Another important part of your pet’s wellness visit is the administration of vaccines. We tailor our vaccination protocols to each patient’s lifestyle, and we follow the feline vaccination protocol developed by the AAFP and 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


  • FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia) vaccine every 3-4 weeks from 8 weeks of age to 16 weeks of age
  • Rabies at 16 weeks of age and yearly thereafter
  • FELV (feline leukemia virus) vaccine given twice, 3-4 weeks apart, between 8 and 16 weeks of age, if kitten will be going outdoors
  • FVRCP vaccine given at 1 year of age and every 3 years thereafter; annual FELV vaccinations (outdoor cats only)

My dog is not exactly the best behaved when he comes to the vet. The staff are always so nice and make arrangements for me so that it’s a much less stressful situation. I really appreciate this!