Brief Overview - Vaccinations

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Regular Exams Pets can’t speak up when they’ve got a problem. That’s why regular Veterinary exams are so important – we don’t want to find anything wrong with your furry friends, but if there is a problem, they want us to find out and make it better!

We recommend Annual and semi-annual exams to make sure any problems are caught early and any questions or concerns you have get addressed by our staff.  The most economical way to get all of your dog or cat's needs taken care of is by becoming a "VIP" - Wellness Plan Member.  Check it out on our "Pricing" page.

Preventative and Screening Recommendations Every pet needs regular check-ups – but all other Preventative and Health Screening recommendations are based on the individual needs of your pet. A hunting dog that spends its days searching tick-infested fields has much different needs than a housecat who spends its days loafing on a windowsill!

  • Vaccinations: Our vaccination protocols are based on American Animal Hospital Association guidelines and the lifestyle needs of your individual pet. We give a one-year Rabies to puppies between 3-4 months old.  One year later, we prefer to give a three-year Rabies, ensuring your pets get the protection they need without excessive vaccinations. We only use products proven safe and effective.
  • Heartworm disease is endemic in Florida, so we recommend annual testing and monthly preventatives for all pets.  We carry a variety of products and a brief discussion with the Veterinarian will help you decide which is best for your pet.  Do not think that because your dog has "long hair" or is "inside" that he will not get Heartworms!  Mosquitoes carry this disease.  Your dog goes out to poop/pee.  Mosquitoes come INSIDE the house!  Mosquitoes will bite dogs on the nose if they can't get to their skin because of long hair.  Look it up!  Polk County has a huge population of heartworm positive dogs.  :(
  • Intestinal parasites are common in all dogs and cats, often with few or no signs. At a minimum, we recommend a fecal exam annually. Depending on their lifestyle, more frequent testing or deworming may be recommended.  Many are dangerous!  Hookworms are "zoonotic" (dangerous to people as well).  Hookworms can mimic the signs of Parvo and a puppy can become anemic, have bloody diarrhea and become dehydrated quickly.  Hookworms can be deadly to pets. Fleas and ticks carry serious diseases!  
  • Protect your puppy, dog and feline friends by using monthly heartworm, flea and tick prevention!