Preventative Health Care Services For Dogs

At Somerset Veterinary Hospital, we are strong advocates of preventative health care. Preventative processes help your dog receive complete protection against diseases, which is an important first step in lifelong health.

Your Puppy’s First Visits

We recommend beginning your dog’s preventative care when they are just a puppy. This process involves a series of three visits during which your puppy will receive their entire first set of vaccinations. During this time, Dr. Felz will also perform a thorough physical examination to ensure that any potential problems have been identified.

Your puppy’s health and well-being depends on far more than just vaccinations, so another aspect of these early visits will be a conversation about their health. We will discuss proper dog care, behavioral concerns, dietary issues, and any other questions you may have as the owner of a new puppy.

Layout of the First Visits

Your puppy’s series of first visits will include:

  • Comprehensive Physical Exam
  • Intestinal parasite (worm) testing and treatment
  • Vaccinations
    • Distemper
    • Canine Parvovirus
    • Adenovirus
    • Bordetella
    • Leptospirosis (as needed)
    • Lyme Disease (as needed)
  • Pet owner counseling regarding pet care, housebreaking, behavior problems, and socialization

Ongoing Health Care for Your Adult Dog

As your puppy matures into an adult dog, their health care needs may change. It is important to continue providing your dog with routine visits. Annual health care needs include:

  • Annual Comprehensive Physical Exam to detect signs of disease, illness, or aging
  • Dental examinations, with professional cleaning, if recommended
  • Intestinal parasite (worm) testing
  • Heartworm testing in addition to year-round preventative
  • Vaccinations:
    • DHLPP to protect against Distemper, Canine Hepatitis/Adenovirus Type 2, Canine Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis, Canine Parvovirus – every 1 or 3 years
    • Lyme vaccine to protect against Lyme disease – annually
    • Rabies vaccine – every 1 or 3 years
    • Bordetella vaccine for kennel cough – annually

Our team is your partner in your dog’s veterinary care, so we encourage you to ask us any questions you may have about their needs.