Vaccines are now being divided into two classes - core and noncore vaccines. Our veterinarians provide consultations to choose the proper vaccines for your dog or cat at any age. Generally, our veterinarians offer 2-4 visits for checkups, vaccines, behavior consult, and nutrition consult tailored for your pet. Then, your pet will be receiving checkups and vaccines annually.

Core vaccines

For example, ‘Core' vaccines for dogs are those that should be given to every dog. The AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents' Report on Cat and Dog Vaccines has recommended that the core vaccines for dogs include Rabies and Canine Distemper vaccine including canine distemper, canine adenovirus-2 (hepatitis and respiratory disease), and canine parvovirus-2. Core vaccines for cats are Rabies and Feline Distemper vaccine including Feline Panleukopenia vaccine, Feline Herpes vaccine, and Feline Calci vaccine. Feline Leukemia vaccine (FeLV vaccine) is recommended yearly for cats that go outdoors.

Noncore vaccines

‘Noncore' vaccines are recommended only for certain dogs and cats. Whether to vaccinate with noncore vaccines depends upon a number of factors including age, breed, health status, potential exposure, type of vaccine and prevalence of the disease is in the geographical area. Some of these vaccines for dogs include leptospira vaccine (will protect your dog against 3 different serovars), corona vaccine, canine parainfluenza vacine (commonly combined with so called canine Distemper vaccine and is one of pathogens of kennel cough disease), Bordetella bronchiseptica vaccine (major pathogen of kennel cough) and Borrelia burgdorferi vaccine (Lyme Disease). A good example of noncore vaccines is Kennel Cough vaccine which is especially important if your dog comes in contact with other dogs, is boarded, or goes to the groomer.
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Annual Exams

At least once a year your pet should receive a complete physical examination in order to keep your pet safe from preventable diseases and detect the early onset of abnormalities. Depending on the pet's health status, sometimes our veterinarians recommend a check up every six months.Yearly, appropriate lab work will be tailored for your pet. Some examples of these lab works are intestinal parasite testing, heartworm testing and FeLV-FIV testing (for cats). For senior patients, we recommend annual senior wellness lab work, which allows us to diagnose a potential health problem before clinical signs occur. Early detection of diseases will allow us to provide prompt treatment for your pet. Prompt treatment of an ongoing disease before the disease get a chance to advance, allows us to reverse or moderate the impact of the disease process; which in turn, will lengthen your pets life span and later decreases the cost associated with specialty care.