Vaccines & Preventative Care
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. Wherever possible we give a one-year Rabies to puppies between 3-4 months old. One year later, we require 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.
- 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! For example, hookworms can kill your pet and are "zoonotic" (dangerous to people as well).
- External parasite preventatives are recommended for all pets who spend time outdoors. Fleas and ticks carry serious diseases (and they’re gross).