VCB Preventative Health Care
Frequency of Visits
All pets should have a veterinary examination at least annually. For many dogs and cats, more frequent visits may be appropriate. Decisions regarding specific frequency of visits should be based on individual needs of the pet.
Comprehensive physical examination, including assessment of dental assessment,orthopedic assessment, body condition scoring.
On the basis of history and physical examination findings, assessments are made for:
- Therapeutic recommendations for the management of specific diseases.
- Dental care recommendations including when to have your pets teeth cleaned.
- Behavioral recommendations and suggestions
- Dietary and nutritional recommendations for all life stages including pets with food allergies.
- Infectious and zoonotic diseases prevention and control.
- Flea and tick control as indicated by risk of exposure.
Every pet should have:
- Annual physical examination
- Immunizations with core and possible non-core vaccines
in accordance to existing AAHA guidelines
- Appropriate identification including microchipping
- Reproductive and genetic counseling as well as spaying or neutering unless specifically intended for breeding purposes
- Annual intestinal parasite screening for both cats and dogs
- Dogs should be tested once yearly for heartworms
- Cats, that are at risk to exposure, should be tested for diseases
such as feline Aids and Feline Leukemia
- Year-round broad-spectrum parasite control with efficacy
against heartworms, intestinal parasites, and fleas.
Some factors such as physical findings, age, and current therapeutic needs, may require additional diagnostic testing.
Establish a plan for follow-up visits based on assessment and future care recommendations. Set expectations for next visit by talking with your veterinarian or other member of our VCB staff. Make an appointment today.