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Preventative Medicine

Regular examinations and preventative vaccinations are a key component to providing a solid preventive program for your pet.  Young animals begin vaccinations between 6-8 weeks of age with regular visits every 3-4 weeks to assess growth, diagnose any problems and answer all owners’ questions in the most formative period of a pet's life.

There is no set vaccine protocol across the board for a group of dogs or cats. The vaccines that are recommended for each animal are customized according to risk factors, breed, and the life style that each animal is going to have. The apartment dwelling Pug does not require the same vaccines as a young Labrador that goes camping regularly on the Eastern Shore.

Our middle-aged animals need to have an examination once a year to make sure there are no problems sneaking up that can be managed easily if caught early. Things that give early indications of problems are increased thirst and urination, appetite changes, bathroom habits, weight gain or loss, skin and hair coat, and behavioral changes.

Our older middle-aged to geriatric pets benefit most from an examination every 4 to 6 months with screening blood work at least once a year. As animals get older, their bodies and medical conditions can change drastically in only a few short months. Regular examinations help stay ahead of problems, find them sooner, and address them while issues are less life changing.

We strongly emphasize age appropriate nutrition.  Certain medical conditions benefit from nutritional support and recommendations are based on individual needs.

Canine Vaccines:

  • Distemper/Parvo
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
  • Lyme Disease
  • Leptospirosis
  • Canine Influenza
  • Rabies          

Feline Vaccines:

  • Feline Distemper   
  • Feline Leukemia
  • Rabies

Ferret Vaccines:

  • Rabies 

Be sure to check with your local jurisdictions for the vaccine and licensing requirements for your cat, dog, or ferret. Pet friendly establishments such as groomers, boarding kennels and dog parks also have vaccine requirements for participation.  


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