Yearly Canine Vaccinations Protocols
Your pet should be examined on a yearly basis to ensure that he/she is in optimal health. Checkups once a year for a dog or cat is like a human visiting the doctor every 7-8 years. As you know, pets do not live as long as we do and they cannot tell us if something is wrong; therefore, change that occur with aging and systemic illness can overwhelm a pet before we are able to recognize that there is a problem. Regular checkups help determine if these changes may be occurring in your pet. Preventing or detecting an illness early prevents unnecessary pain, slows or reverses the progression of a disease, usually costs the owner less money over time, and extends the life of the pet in most cases. During the examination, the doctor will assess many different body systems checking the following: heart rate, respiratory rate, capillary refill (perfusion test), hydration status, auscultate the heart for arrhythmias and murmurs, check the pulse, pulse quality, and auscultate the lungs for any respiratory problems. He will also check the eyes, ears, skin, coat, joints, mouth (teeth, tongue, oral cavity), reproductive and urinary tract, anal glands, palpation of the internal organs, and screen for any illnesses that may not be apparent from a physical exam.
Other ancillary tests that should be performed annually are:
- Heartworm blood test (occult and direct blood smear exam)
- Intestinal (fecal) parasite screening
It is also important to vaccinate your pets on a yearly basis for the following diseases
- Distemper, Parvo, Adenovirus, Leptospirosis, and Parainfluenza (5-in-1) vaccine given every three years after first adult yearly visit
- Leptospirosis (given every year)
- Bordetella (Kennel Cough) vaccine
- Rabies vaccine
Dr. Guidry does not believe in over-vaccinating pets. He continuously monitors current immunology protocols for any updates recommended by AAHA (national veterinary organization for hospital regulations and protocols). You, Dr. Guidry, and any health risk will determine which vaccines are appropriate for your pet’s health. Dr.Guidry will also be glad to discuss vaccination protocols prior to vaccinating your pet(s).
Heartworms, intestinal parasites, and fleas are a huge problem in South Louisiana. We highly recommend that you treat your pets year-round to prevent an infestation of you, your environment, and your pets from these deadly pests. Our staff is well-educated and ready to help you determine which preventative best suits you and your pet’s needs.
**Microchipping is a great idea to prevent theft or loss, and to use as a permanent form of I.D. for any pet. It is inserted under the skin with a needle just like a vaccine. It can be performed during any routine visit and requires no sedation (it lasts for the life of the pet).
**This is to serve as a guideline to services that your pet may need. This is not to be considered an estimate of services and issued for the purpose of a sample of the services we offer our patients. The doctor invests time studying these protocols and will determine any health risk on an individual basis and change a protocol to best fit the patient. Price are dictated by the cost of supplies and medication. Therefore, prices may change without notice.
*Please call our office at (337) 981-0909 so we may reserve an appointment for you and your pet.