Canine Care

What is Wellness? 

Similar to a human physical, your dog needs a bi-annual check up as well! At Animal Hospital of Chesterfield, we believe preventative medicine is the best medicine.  

We recommend annual screening for heartworm disease and for several tick-borne illnesses, as well as annual stool tests to screen for intestinal parasites.  We also recommend regular wellness bloodwork and urinalysis to help our team monitor the health of your dog.  

Your dog ages about 7 human years in 1 actual year, so a bi-annual exam would be like getting a physical every 3 and ½ years. Our team is passionate about canine health. We look forward to helping your dog stay happy and healthy.  

Does my dog need vaccines, or any preventatives? 

Yes! A rabies vaccine is required by law. Our practice core vaccines are: 

  • Rabies
  • DAP(Canine Distemper/Adeno/Parvo)
  • Lepto
  • Bordetella
  • Lyme
  • NEW !! Due to the recent outbreak in our area, we are now making Canine Influenza vaccine practice recommended. 

After your puppy vaccine series, most vaccines will require boosters every one to three years. 

Titers later in a dog’s life can be a great way to tell if your dog is protected and whether he/she needs a rebooster or not.  Titers are also recommended for some dogs when vaccination is contraindicated for your pet’s health condition or age. 

For preventatives we strongly recommend year round flea and tick as well as heartworm. We have multiple great options and you can discuss with your vet what will work best for your pup! 

When talking about prevention do not forget probiotic, omega-3, and nutritional support! These important preventatives can prevent allergies and unnecessary inflammation later in life !!!! 

My dog doesn’t go outside, does it need preventatives? 

Just because your dog may be an inside dog, does not mean fleas, ticks, and mosquitos are outdoor insects! So even for those howling homebodies we recommend year round flea and tick and heartworm prevention.  

And dogs are not alone ! Did you know that more inside cats are positive for feline heartworm than outside cats ! 

Does your dog go outside to potty? Then your dog goes outside! So yes! 

Help! I’m not sure what resources are true and what is fake news! Who/what sites should I trust for information? 

Under our resources section you can find veterinary approved blogs, videos, and articles. 

You will also find updates and current trends on our social media pages including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

I still have questions what should I do? 

Give us a call at (586) 725-7900 and a client ambassador or veterinary team member will be able to answer any questions you may have!

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