Preventive Care for Dogs
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Preventive care is an essential part of keeping your dog happy and healthy. It will give you peace of mind and increase the odds of detecting underlying health conditions before they become advanced and expensive.
How often should my dog see a veterinarian?
At Ashburn Veterinary Hospital, we make our preventive care recommendations using the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). From there, our veterinarians further customize their suggestions based on hereditary factors including your dog’s age, lifestyle, and medical history.
Typically, we suggest scheduling at least one annual exam during which one of our veterinarians will review your dog’s medical history, assess their behavior, make dietary recommendations, and evaluate any known health conditions they may have. For senior dogs, we recommend exams every six months.
What should I expect from a preventive dog care exam?
Think of your dog’s annual exam like your own yearly physical. At the appointment, we’ll read their temperature, examine their eyes, ears, teeth, and skin, listen to their heart and lungs, and evaluate their joint health.
You can also expect your veterinarian to make recommendations for:
- Vaccines. Core vaccines include Rabies and Distemper although your veterinarian may recommend additional vaccines like Leptospirosis, Canine Influenza, and/or Bordetella based on lifestyle and risk factors.
- Monthly parasite prevention products to keep your dog safe from fleas, ticks, intestinal worms, and heartworms.
- Bloodwork testing to identify changes in systemic health that cannot be detected during a physical exam.
At your dog’s annual exam, your veterinarian will answer any questions you may have and discuss other services that could improve their overall health such as supplements, nutrition recommendations, and dental care.