Regular checkups can help keep your pets healthy and happy throughout their lives. Routine physical exams can help us spot minor medical issues before they escalate into serious problems and also give us a valuable opportunity to establish a rapport with you and your pets.
Your Pet’s Wellness Examination
At your pet’s wellness visit, Dr. Buvinghausen will perform a thorough physical examination coupled with risk-appropriate recommendations for diagnostic tests, vaccines, and parasite prevention. He will suggest only those tests that he feels are necessary for otherwise healthy pets.
Once your pet reaches 7 years of age, we do recommend senior bloodwork as part of the annual exam to catch age-related health conditions as early as possible.
Your pet’s wellness appointment is also the perfect opportunity to discuss other applicable treatment options that could contribute to your pet’s overall health, including dental cleanings, allergy testing and dermatology, and pain management.
We’re happy to make available to you our schedule for new puppy and kitten vaccines and parasite prevention. Regardless of your pet’s age, Dr. Buvinghausen will tailor your pet’s preventive care to address individual risk factors.
Puppies and kittens do need to be seen several times the first year. After that, we recommend annual visits.
(Rattlesnake bite and Lyme disease vaccines are available upon request.)
- 6 weeks: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus), fecal exam, and deworming
- 9 weeks: DHPP, Bordetella, Canine Influenza (optional), fecal exam, and deworming
- 12 weeks: DHLPP (adds Leptospirosis), Bordetella, Canine Influenza (optional), and microchip (can also be done during spay/neuter visit)
- 15 weeks: Rabies vaccine, DHLPP
- 8 weeks: FVRCCP*, fecal exam, and deworming
- 12 weeks: FVRCCP*, Feline Leukemia**, fecal exam, and deworming
- 16 weeks: FVRCCP*, Feline Leukemia**, rabies, and microchip (can also be done during spay/neuter visit)
*Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Chlamydia, and Pan Leukopenia
**AAFP recommends that all cats receive leukemia vaccines until one year of age. Continued vaccination is based on individual feline exposure and risk factors.