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I have a new puppy. What vaccines does it need and when?

Puppies need their first check-up by 8 weeks of age. They will be checked for Hernias, heart murmurs or other abnormalities. The stool needs to be checked for intestinal parasites, and your pet will be de-wormed if necessary. Your puppy will get his first Distemper/parvo combination vaccine, and can be started on heartworm prevention. After this visit, your puppy needs another distemper/parvo booster at 12 and 16 wks. His first Rabies vaccine can be given at 12 weeks or older.

When does my pet need to be spayed or neutered?

We recommend at 5 months of age. Your dog or cat should have had all their boosters by now, and will be reaching puberty at 6 months old. Studies show that there are health benefits to spaying/neutering earlier, such as decreased chances of infection and quicker recovery.

I have a new kitten. What vaccines does it need and when?

When kittens are about 8 weeks of age, we recommend giving them an examination to look for heart murmurs, hernias, or other abnormalities, and their first feline distemper combination vaccine. The stool needs to be checked for intestinal parasites, and your pet will be de-wormed if necessary. The ears need to be checked for ear mites. We always recommend testing your kitten on the first visit for Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids, especially if you have other cats in your household. We will booster the kitten distemper combination vaccine at 12 and 16 weeks, and can give Feline leukemia vaccine at the same time for outdoor cats. The rabies vaccine can be given at 12 weeks or older.

What does my adult dog need yearly to be up-to-date and healthy?

Every year your dog needs an annual exam. Their Distemper/parvo combination vaccine and a fecal test for intestinal parasites is recommended each year. After their Rabies 1 yr. expires, your dog needs a rabies booster every 3 years. For dogs that have been on heartworm preventative continuously, you have the option of heartworm testing every 2 years. We have an in-house test that also includes Lyme and Ehrlichia disease tests, with the heartworm test. We have vaccines for kennel cough and lyme disease which can be given if needed. Also, we can give you a consultation on the various heartworm, flea and tick preventatives, to help find the one most useful and economical for you and your pet.

What does my adult cat need yearly to be up-to-date and healthy?

Every year your cat needs an annual exam, their distemper combination vaccine, and a fecal test for intestinal parasites. After their Rabies 1 yr. expires, you cat needs a rabies booster every 3 years. Outdoor cats need their Feline leukemia vaccine yearly as well. Also, we can give you a consultation on the various heartworm, flea and tick preventatives, to help find the one most useful and economical for you and your pet.