Adult Dog Wellness
Adult dogs should receive a health examination at least annually. Many health problems may go undetected without a thorough physical exam. We will evaluate your pet’s lifestyle and health risks and help determine which vaccinations are appropriate for your pet. Dogs may need vaccinations for rabies, DA2-P (distemper, adenovirus type-2, and parvovirus),
Comprehensive Health Evaluation
Comprehensive annual health evaluations are critical to the long-term health and well-being of your dog. They can help us find small problems before they adversely affect your pet’s health. This evaluation will also include a nutritional and weight assessment, discussion of any behavior issues, and a dental health evaluation.
Vaccinations protect against preventable infectious diseases and help your pet live a long, healthy life. Your puppy will need a series of vaccinations in order to boost their immune system and develop a full year of immunity. After the initial puppy series, these vaccines should be boosted one year later. After that, some vaccines can provide protection for up to 3 years. We take your dog’s lifestyle and risk into consideration when developing a vaccination schedule so that your dog does not receive any vaccinations that he or she doesn’t need. Once your dog has received the initial series of puppy vaccines, and boosters 1 year later, we prefer to schedule vaccine boosters on a rotating schedule for most patients, providing a lighter burden on the immune system with each annual exam.
DA2-P: This vaccine protects against life-threatening distemper, adenovirus, and parvovirus. This is a core vaccine recommended for all dogs. Once your dog has received appropriate puppy boosters, and a DA2-P vaccine 1 year later, then we
Rabies: This vaccine protects against a fatal disease that can be transmitted to humans. Rabies has been detected in foxes, coyotes, and bats in Oregon, and all counties in the state require that dogs be current on their rabies vaccination. The first rabies vaccine protects dogs for 1 year, and subsequent vaccines provide protection for 3 years.
Leptospirosis: This vaccine protects against a life-threatening bacterial infection that is transmitted by the urine of many species of wildlife (squirrels, opossum, raccoons, rats and mice, and sea lions). It can be transmitted by ingestion or through small abrasions in the
Bordetella: This vaccine protects against
Canine Influenza Virus: This is a newer vaccine to protect against canine influenza. We carry the vaccine against both strains that have caused flu outbreaks in the US. Canine influenza can cause upper respiratory infections, sometimes leading to life-threatening pneumonia. We recommend this vaccine for dogs who lead a social lifestyle (grooming, boarding, doggie
We follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for at least annual deworming of all dogs, both to protect
Annual Intestinal Parasite Screening
We recommend annual internal parasite screening for all dogs. We test for hookworm, whipworm, roundworm, plus protozoa coccidia and giardia, which commonly infect standing water in our wet weather (and which our routine dewormers don’t treat). When we also recommend annual deworming, we wait two weeks to have you submit a fecal sample for analysis, so we can ensure the effectiveness of deworming. Dogs with heavy loads of internal parasites may test positive for hookworms, roundworms, or whipworms, even after receiving a broad-spectrum dewormer. Learn more about internal parasites in dogs at PetsandParasites.org.
Annual Heartworm Testing
Heartworms are spread by infected mosquitoes, and the number of cases in the Portland metro area is on the rise. Dogs traveling to Southern Oregon, California, and Hawaii (or elsewhere in the US) have an even greater chance of becoming infected. Heartworm disease is fatal if left untreated, and treatment can be both painful and expensive. We follow the American Heartworm Association recommendation for monthly prevention and annual testing of all dogs, which involves an inexpensive blood test. The manufacturers of heartworm prevention will guarantee the effectiveness of their product if it is purchased through a veterinarian, given once monthly, and annual heartworm tests are performed.
Just as our physical exam is used to evaluate your pet’s health, blood and urine testing provide an exam of your pet’s internal
Monthly Flea & Heartworm Prevention
We recommend monthly flea and heartworm prevention for all dogs year-round. We offer a variety of
Comfortis—oral prescription flea preventive that kills fleas very quickly (within 4 hours of administration), and the main ingredient
Frontline Gold—over-the-counter topical flea preventive that kills fleas within 12 hours of administration.
NexGard—oral prescription flea and tick preventive. It is a soft flavored
Trifexis—combination oral prescription product that prevents both heartworms and fleas, and treats internal parasites (hookworms, whipworms, and roundworms). This product kills fleas very quickly (within 4 hours of administration) and its main ingredient is labeled for use in organic farming. It is a flavored pill that must be given orally with a full