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Pet Doctor 911 offers the following services for our canine patients

Wellness Exams

When purchasing or adopting a new dog or puppy, schedule an initial wellness exam at Pet Doctor 911 as soon as possible. We will examine your new pet for any signs of disease and discuss proper health care for the life of your new pet. We recommend that all healthy pets see a veterinarian at least once a year to identify any potential problems while they can still be easily treated. Older pets or those with a chronic disease should see a veterinarian every 6 months to make sure they are maintaining a good quality of life.

Vaccinations

Puppies should begin their initial vaccination series by 6-8 weeks of age, which consists of 3-4 DHPP vaccines administered every 3 weeks until completed. DHPP stands for Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus, and the vaccine protects against several diseases that are highly contagious between dogs. Older dogs will also require an initial series of vaccinations if they have never been vaccinated before. After the initial vaccine series is complete, the DHPP vaccine must be administered again within 12 months, then every 1-3 years as recommended by one of our Pet Doctor 911 veterinarians depending on your pet’s unique needs.

All dogs are required by law to be vaccinated for Rabies to prevent transmission of the Rabies virus to people. Puppies should be vaccinated against Rabies at 12-16 weeks of age, again within 12 months and then every 1-3 years depending on your local regulations.

We also recommend that dogs be vaccinated for Kennel Cough (Bordetella) if they will be exposed to other dogs on a regular basis. Regular exposure includes trips to a boarding facility, grooming salon, dog park, or pet store, so talk with us about preventing this infection in your dog.

Other vaccinations that are recommended for certain dogs include a Leptospirosis vaccine that protects against a bacterial disease that can cause sudden, severe kidney failure, and a Rattlesnake vaccine, that may decrease the severity of your dog’s reaction if he ever gets bit by a rattlesnake.

Veterinarians are your most reliable source of information regarding the benefits and risks associated with vaccinations. If you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s specific needs, we recommend scheduling an appointment at Pet Doctor 911 to discuss this important preventive health topic.

Dental Care

Just like people, dogs require regular dental care to keep their teeth healthy and prevent dental infections or bad breath. There are several options for cost-effective dental care that you can do at home, so talk with one of our veterinarians today to establish a dental care program for your dog. Eventually, a full dental scaling under anesthesia is recommended for all pets, but this doesn’t have to be an extensive procedure if you keep up with your dog’s dental care at home.

Dietary Counseling

The correct diet is important for your puppy’s growth and for your adult dog’s continued health. As cute as your pet may be when begging for treats, overfeeding can be very bad for your pet, and certain foods can even be toxic. Schedule a wellness appointment to discuss your dog’s individual dietary needs with one of our Pet Doctor 911 veterinarians. They can discuss the advantages of different diets and treats as well as how much food your pet should be eating on a daily basis.

Certain diseases can also be managed with special diets. Veterinarians are your best source of information regarding your dog’s dietary needs, and we offer comprehensive dietary counseling at Pet Doctor 911.

Parasite Control

Internal Parasites
Our dogs are exposed to internal parasites on a daily basis, and a proper preventive regimen is important to protect against these mostly invisible parasites. The most common internal parasites include heartworms and intestinal parasites.

Heartworms are transmitted year-round by mosquitos and can cause heart failure, severe lung damage, and death. We recommend yearly heartworm tests in accordance with the American Heartworm Society’s  guidelines in order to catch any infections early. Since heartworms can cause serious disease and be difficult to treat, we recommend that all of our dog patients be on a monthly heartworm medication to prevent this deadly disease.

Common intestinal parasites include hookworms and roundworms (which can be transmitted to young children), as well as whipworms, Coccidia, tapeworms, and Giardia. These parasites can cause life-threatening illness, especially in young puppies, but can be easily prevented through regular testing and deworming. We recommend testing a fecal sample for intestinal parasites one or more times for puppies, and then once yearly to catch any infections before they become a problem. Regular deworming is also recommended, and the veterinarians at Pet Doctor 911 can discuss options including combining an intestinal parasite dewormer with a heartworm prevention.

Fleas & Ticks
Fleas and ticks can be a serious source of discomfort for your dog, and can also transmit diseases. Fleas can cause allergic skin disease in certain dogs, and are responsible for transmitting tapeworms. Both ticks and fleas take blood meals from your dogs, and can cause severe anemia if not treated promptly. Ticks can also transmit blood parasites such as Ehrlichia and Anaplasma. These are rickettsial parasites that infect blood cells and can cause many symptoms including lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting and anemia. Although they can cause serious illness, Ehrlichia and Anaplasma can be treated with antibiotics if caught early enough. This is why we recommend a combination heartworm and tick-borne disease test once yearly to screen for these parasites.

Schedule an appointment today to talk with one of our Pet Doctor 911 veterinarians about options for flea & tick control. 

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