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Adult Canine Health Recommendations
Annual Examination- During examination, we will check your adult dog from nose to tail. This includes eyes, ears, nose, mouth (including a dental examination), skin, coat, legs/feet, and internal organs. We will listen to the heart to be sure there are no changes or irregularities present. We will also perform an abdominal palpation to examine abdominal health of the gastro-intestinal tract and internal organs.
Rabies Vaccine- Rabies vaccination is required by law and highly important as there is no cure for Rabies infection. As an adult, your dog's annual Rabies vaccine will become a once every 3 year vaccine. We will provide you with new Rabies tags and certification at the time of administration.
Distemper/Parvovirus Vaccine- (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza) As an adult dog, your dog's annual Distemper/Parvovirus vaccine will also become a once every 3 year vaccine. This illnesses that this vaccine protects against are very serious and can be fatal.
Distemper/Parvovirus Titer- We also offer Distemper/Parvovirus Titer testing. This is a test we perform in lieu of vaccinating for these diseases. Studies show that many of our companion animals retain protection from their vaccines for years beyond the recommended 3 year booster. In an effort to limit the number of vaccines we administer over the lifetime of your pet, this involves taking a blood sample to send to the laboratory to ensure your pet has adequate protective immunity. In the event your pet's titer is low and not considered protective, we will have your pet return for a Nurse visit and booster the Distemper/Parvovirus vaccine.
Bordetella (Kennel Cough) Vaccine- Bordetella (Kennel Cough) vaccine protects against common bacterial respiratory infection. This infection is highly contagious and easily transferable. Therefore, we highly recommend it for all dogs who will spend time around canine companions. Although this vaccination will not completely prevent this infection, it will greatly reduce the likelihood of your pet contracting it and help accelerate the healing process if they do contract it. We use an oral Bordetella vaccine that is effective for 1 year after administration.
Leptospirosis Vaccine- Leptospirosis can be a serious, even deadly, bacterial infection that can then be spread to humans. It is obtained through contact with an infected animals urine. Therefore, we recommend that all pets receive this annual vaccination, and especially those who spend any amount of time outside or near wildlife.
Lyme Vaccine- New Hampshire is now the most Lyme endemic state in the United States. Therefore, we recommend this vaccine for all dogs in our area. Although this annual vaccine does not completely prevent the possibility of Lyme infection, it does decrease the likelihood of contracting it and prevents against the advance stages of Lyme infection which can be fatal. Administering the Lyme vaccine and maintaining regular flea/tick prevention is our greatest protection against this serious illness.