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Canine Vaccine/Testing Protocol

What to expect in the years to come

PUPPY VISITS:

We recommend your puppy be examined within 72 hours of adoption. Once the initial distemper/parvo vaccine is given, we will need to see him or her every three to four weeks after, until the vaccination series is complete.

1st visit (6-9 weeks of age)

  • Physical Examination
  • 1st Distemper/Parvo Vaccine (dhpp puppy)
  • 1st Leptospirosis Vaccine (for dogs exposed to water sources, other than pools)
  • Deworming (Strongid/Nemex)
  • Fecal Check for Intestinal Parasites
  • Single dose of Heartworm (HWP) and Flea and Tick Preventative (FTP)

2nd visit (9-12 weeks of age)

  • Physical Examination
  • 2nd Distemper/Parvo Vaccine (dhpp puppy)
  • 2nd Leptospirosis Vaccine (Good for 1 year)
  • Bordetella Vaccine
  • Single dose of HWP and FTP

3rd visit (12-15 weeks)

  • Physical Examination
  • 3rd Distemper/Parvo Vaccine (Good for 1 year/dhpp young)
  • Rabies Vaccine (Good for 1 year)
  • Fecal Check for Intestinal Parasites
  • Single Dose HWP and FTP

*General guidelines. Your Veterinarian may adjust this schedule for your pet.*

Your dog must stay on heartworm preventative year round. As a puppy, you will need to come in every month to weigh your pet. We will dispense single doses until your pet has reached his or her full weight. At that time, we will dispense a larger supply.

We also recommend your dog stay on a flea and tick preventative year round. We will also dispense this on a monthly basis, as a puppy, until your pet reaches his or her full weight.

We usually recommend puppies are spayed or neutered between 4-6 months of age. Blood testing will need to be done prior to any surgeries.

A physical examination will be required at least once a year. Vaccines, tests, or medications may not be administered unless your pet has been examined.

Beginning at your pet's one-year visit, a heartworm test will need to be performed once a year. If your pet misses a dose of preventative, we recommend he or she is retested in 6 months from the missed dose. Heartworm preventative will not be dispensed unless he or she has had a heartworm test.

Your pet will also need to be tested for intestinal parasites once a year. If your dog os exposed frequently to dog feces (dog parks, day care, etc), we recommend to test him or her every six months.

Any time your pet's food is changed, they must be slowly introduced to the new food. We recommend you gradually increase the new food and decrease the old food over the course of one week. Most dogs begin transitioning to an adult blend between 9-12 months of age. Please discuss any dietary changes with your veterinarian.

During your pet's lifetime, he or she may require at least one, if not regular, dental cleanings, which is done under anesthesia. The teeth are scaled and polished to remove tarter and finished with a fluoride treatment. Dental cleanings are imperative because oral infections increases tonsillitis and pharyngitis can also occur. In addition, the bacteria are absorbed into the blood stream and can be carried to other organs. Heart valve infections (endocardiosis or endocarditis), kidney and liver problems are frequently due to bad teeth. We recommend regular brushing and chew toys and treats for maintenance purposes.

**Bordetella Vaccines must be repeated every 6 months.**

YOUNG ADULT AND ADULT VISITS:

Wellness One Year Visit (Performed one year from initial Rabies Vaccine)

  • Physical Examination
  • Distemper/Parvo Vaccine (Good for 1 year/dhpp young)
  • Rabies Vaccine (Good for 3 years)
  • Heartworm Test
  • Fecal Check for Intestinal Parasites
  • Refill of Heartworm and Flea/Tick Preventatives

Wellness Young Adult Visit (2 years of age)

  • Physical Examination
  • Distemper/Parvo Vaccine (Good for 3 years/dhpp adult)
  • Heartworm Test
  • Fecal Check for Intestinal Parasites
  • Refill of Heartworm and Flea/Tick Preventatives

Wellness Young Adult Visit (3-6 years of age)

  • Physical Examination
  • Heartworm Test
  • Fecal Check for Intestinal Parasites
  • Refill of Heartworm and Flea/Tick Preventatives
  • Geriatric Blood Testing (For Large Breed Dogs - Annual)
  • (Rabies and Distemper/Parvo Vaccines will be administered when due)

Senior Visits (7 years of age and older)

  • Physical Examination (Every 6 months)
  • Heartworm Test with Heartworm and Flea/Tick Preventatives
  • Fecal Check for Intestinal Parasites
  • Geriatric Blood Testing (Annual)
  • X-Rays are recommended annually
  • (Rabies and Distemper/Parvo Vaccines will be administered when due)

Exclusive Offer

New Clients receive 50% OFF first exam.*

*Vaccines, medications, and laboratory tests are additional.

*Limit one per household.

Sign-up using the form or call us at 703-670-6181 (Dale City) or 703-339-7725 (Gunston) to take advantage of this exclusive offer.

Office Hours

Dale City Animal Hospital

Day
Monday 7:30am 7:00pm
Tuesday 7:30am 7:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am 6:00pm
Thursday 7:30am 8:00pm
Friday 7:30am 6:00pm
Saturday 7:30am 1:00pm
Sunday Closed Closed

Dale City Animal Hospital

Day
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am Closed
7:00pm 7:00pm 6:00pm 8:00pm 6:00pm 1:00pm Closed

 
Day Morning Afternoon
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:30 -12:00 7:30 - 12:00 7:30 - 12:00 7:30 - 12:00 7:30 - 12:00 7:30 - 12:00 Closed
12:00 - 7:00 12:00 - 7:00 12:00 - 6:00 12:00 - 8:00 12:00 - 6:00 12:00 - 1:00 Closed

Gunston Animal Hospital

Day
Monday 7:30am 6:00pm
Tuesday 7:30am 6:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am 7:00pm
Thursday 7:30am 7:00pm
Friday 7:30am 7:00pm
Saturday 7:30am 1:00pm
Sunday Closed Closed

Gunston Animal Hospital

Day
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am Closed
6:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 1:00pm Closed

* By Appointment Only. Appointment hours vary. Please call us to inquire.