Adult Dog Care
Our hospital philosophy is to provide you with the best possible veterinary care available for your dog. We feel strongly that the preventive care plan outlined below will help us understand the status of your 1-year-old to 7-year-old dog’s body and help them stay healthy for as long as possible.
Preventive Care Examination
Routine healthy pet exams are essential to proper pet care. There are a significant number of diseases and sicknesses that can be detected during this type of exam. Most of these changes can be treated when internal signs are first noticed, hopefully extending the pets’ lives and decreasing the cost of managing these changes.
We follow the most up-to-date recommendations on vaccinations from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Most dogs will receive a Distemper-Adenovirus Type 2-Parvo (DA2P) injection every three years. All dogs who contact other dogs, even casually, need twice per year Kennel Cough Vaccines. We recommend Lyme vaccinations for any dog that does not test positive on the annual Lyme test. Rabies vaccination is required by law in Massachusetts for companion dogs at 1-year or 3-year intervals, depending on their Rabies vaccine history. Depending on your dog’s exposures, we may recommend the Leptospirosis vaccine and/or the Canine Influenza Vaccine.
Fecal Centrifugation & Giardia Elisa
By bringing a fresh stool sample (not more than 24 hours old), we can look for any intestinal parasites that dogs can obtain from contact with other dogs or by walking where another infected dog or wildlife has been. Some of these parasites are contagious to people, especially children, and immunocompromised individuals. If you are unable to obtain a stool sample, we can administer a broad-spectrum dewormer to your dog, which will eliminate the most common gastrointestinal parasites.
Annual Lyme, Heartworm, Ehrlichia Canis & Anaplasma Testing
Dedham is now considered a Lyme and Anaplasma endemic area.
Lyme disease is spread by the bite of the deer tick. Dogs that catch the Lyme bacteria may or may not develop the classic lameness and fever but are still at risk for further health problems, such as life-threatening kidney failure. The four-part test that we use to test for Lyme also tests dogs for heartworm disease and two other tick-borne illnesses called Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis.
Annual Wellness Blood Work & Urinalysis
We will collect both a blood and urine sample from your dog. The test is no more painful than a needle stick. A CBC, biochemical profile, and urinalysis will be submitted to the laboratory for testing.
Regular Parasite Prevention & Control
Interceptor once per month kills baby heartworms (introduced to your dog by a mosquito bite) and kills roundworms and hookworms that your dog may have picked up by walking where other dogs or wildlife have been.
Vectra 3D once per month kills fleas and ticks. Fleas carry tapeworms, and ticks carry Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, and Tularemia.
Regular Oral Care: Toothbrushing & Hills T/D Diet
Your dog will live longer and may not have to have costly dental procedures if you can maintain excellent oral health in his or her mouth. Ideally, you would brush your dog’s teeth every day, and many dogs are amenable to this since pet toothpaste is delicious. We also recommend the regular use of several kibbles of Hill’s T/D diet given as a treat for your dog to prevent dental disease.
*Due to the increasing costs of veterinary products and technology, our prices are subject to change.