Canine Preventative Health Care

General recommendations for safe and effective care. However, each pet may require an individual treatment plan designed for specific needs.

  • Distemper- an airborne viral disease of the lungs, intestines and brain.
  • Hepatitis- a viral disease of the liver
  • Para Influenza- infectious bronchitis
  • Parvovirus- a viral disease of the intestines
  • Rabies- a viral disease fatal to humans and other animals
  • Corona- a viral disease of the intestines
  • Kennel Cough- a viral disease of the lungs
  • K9 Influenza- highly contagious/fatal viral disease of the lungs

Puppies- 6 weeks to 1 year

  • BEGIN VACCINATING AT 6 WEEKS, CONTINUE EVERY 3 WEEKS UNTIL 15-17 WEEKS OF AGE.
  • LEPTO WILL START AT 12 WEEKS OF AGE.(NO YOUNGER)
  • RABIES WILL BE GIVEN AT 15 WEEKS OF AGE OR OLDER.
  • SMALL BREED DOGS WILL BE VACCINATED WITH LEPTO AT THE DR’S DISCRETION.
  • RABIES VACCINE MAY BE GIVEN AT 12 WEEKS FOR HEALTH
CERTIFICATES AND UNUSUAL POTENTIAL FOR EXPOSURE.

*START DEWORMING YOUR PUPPY AT 2 WEEKS OF AGE WITH PYRANTEL OR FENBENDAZOLE THEN DEWORM WEEKLY ON 2 CONSECUTIVE DAYS EACH WEEK WITH PYRANTEL OR FENBENDAZOLE UNTIL YOUR COMPANION IS 16 WEEKS OF AGE AND/OR STARTS ON A HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVE.

Adult Dogs- After 1 year of age

*DA2P2CV- Vaccinate on Annual Basis

*RABIES- Vaccinate Every three years after the initial adult booster
(January 1, 2006, The state of Florida started recognizing Veterinarians choice to vaccinate with a 3 year Rabies vaccine on all Adult Canines that have had an initial Rabies Vaccine injection and a Rabies Vaccine Booster within 1 year of initial, then every 3 years thereafter.)

*Heartworm Test- Test on Annual Basis.  Heartworms tests are required on an annual basis to renew heartworm preventative prescriptions.  Ask a receptionist or veterinarian technician about the multiple options available for heartworm preventatives.

*Ehrlichia Canis (Ehrlichia Disease) and Borrelia Burgdorferi (Lyme Disease) both are tick borne diseases.  May be tested for when applicable.

*Fecal- Test for internal parasites including but not limited to: Round worms, Whip worms, Hook worms, Coccidia, Giardia and other motile bacteria (if present in the sample acquired)

If you are bringing your dog for the first time and it is over 4 months of age with no known vaccinations, the following will apply to update your companion properly.

*DA2P2CV
*RABIES
*FECAL
*HEARTWORM TEST if pet is considerably over 6 months of age

The DA2P2CV will need to be vaccinated again in 3 weeks for optimum protection.

Additional Vaccines Available

*DENTAL VACCINE- The Porphyromonas (Dental) vaccine aids in the prevention of canine periodontitis as demonstrated by a reduction in bone changes. The Dental Vaccines boosts the body’s immunity to the 3 main bacterium’s that attribute to tooth decay, tooth loss, bone loss and other organ damage.  The Dental vaccine is highly recommended for all small breed canines.  Vaccination of larger breed canines will be at the Veterinarians discretion due to circumstances of each companion. This entails initially 2 vaccinations spaced 3 weeks apart, then once a year thereafter. 

*Rattlesnake Vaccine- The rattlesnake vaccines contributes to the protection of a rattlesnake bite reaction.  The rattlesnake vaccine has proven itself to be very beneficial in lessening the effects of a snake bite.  It is highly recommended for outdoor dogs, especially hunting or free roaming. This entails initially 2 vaccinations spaced 4 weeks apart, then every 6-12 months based upon the potential for exposure to rattlesnakes.

*Lymes Vaccine- Recommended for dogs that travel to the north east part of the United States of America while camping, vacationing, and etc and for canines at high risk for ticks while hunting or free roaming.  Ask a Veterinary Technician for further information regarding the vaccine.

*Leptospirosis Vaccine- Recommended for dogs over 10 lbs.  High risk dogs are those that free roam, farm dogs, breeding and/or show dogs.  Leptospirosis Vaccine is required on some health certifications.

*Bordetella Vaccine- Kennel cough vaccine is required for boarding canines within Live Oak Animal Clinic of Suwannee County, Inc.  The Bordetella vaccine is highly recommended for animals that board, travel or frequent a grooming facility.  Bordetella vaccine is given by intranasal, no injection required and boostered annually.

*Canine Influenza Vaccine- Canine influenza is a viral infection that appears much like the kennel cough but is highly contagious and often fatal.  The Canine Influenza vaccine is highly recommended for animals that board, travel or frequent a grooming facility.   Canine influenza vaccine is recommended to have an annual booster.  Additional sources of information, www.doginfluenza.com , www.avma.org/public_health/influenza/canine_bgnd.asp


LABORATORIES

*Heartworm Test- Test on Annual Basis (Currently used Heartworm Test (transmitted by mosquitoes) may contain: Ehrlichia Canis (Ehrlichia Disease) and Borrelia Burgdorferi (Lyme Disease) Both are tick borne diseases.  Heartworms tests are required on an annual basis to renew heartworm preventative prescriptions.  Ask a receptionist or veterinarian technician about the multiple options available for heartworm preventatives.

*Fecal- Test for internal parasites including but not limited to: Round worms, Whip worms, Hook worms, Coccidia, Giardia and other motile bacteria (if present in the sample acquired

*CCP or Critical Care Profile- Recommended for small dogs over 7 years of age and large dogs over 5 years of age when pet is undergoing any anesthesia.  Performing a CCP will give the Veterinarian a base line to determine the overall health of your pet’s organs.  This panel will assess the kidneys and liver function as well as the calcium and glucose levels.  Required for pediatric patients undergoing surgery.

*CBC or Complete Blood Count- Test determines the amount of red blood cells, platelets, white blood cells and hematocrit which indicates infection or anemia and gives the veterinarian a base line for what is normal for your pet.  Recommended for small dogs over 7 years of age and large dogs over 5 years of age when pet is undergoing any anesthesia procedure.  Required for pediatric patients undergoing surgery.

*COAG or Coagulation Panel-  Coagulation panels measures the intrinsic and extrinsic values of the blood itself to determine proper clotting time and blood functions.  Recommended for s small dogs over 7 years of age and large dogs over 5 years of age when pet is undergoing any anesthesia procedure. Required for pediatric patients undergoing surgery.

Additional panels such as: Liver Profile, Thyroid Level Profile and Comprehensive Profile are available. 
Other Diagnostic tools available are but not limited to: Ear Cytology, Skin Cytology, Urinalysis, and specialty testing such as allergy testing

 
 
 
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