Physical examinations of your dog are extremely important. At Old Dominion Animal Hospital, our veterinarians recommend a pet check-up at least once or twice a year depending on your pet’s age and health. Your dog’s visit is the perfect time to update vaccinations, receive nutritional counseling, to discuss any behavior problems and to pick up flea, tick, and heartworm prevention products.
Please feel free during your dog’s appointment to ask your veterinarian any questions you may have – we’re here to help your dog have a long, healthy, and happy life.
The American Veterinary Medical Association has divided vaccines for dogs into two categories: Core and Noncore. Core vaccines should be given to every dog and Noncore vaccines are recommended only for certain dogs in certain situations and environments.
Core vaccines include: Rabies, Distemper, Canine Adenovirus, and Canine Parvovirus. Other vaccines we might recommend include: Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Lyme Disease.
If your dog is a just a puppy, it is critical that we start right away on vaccines. Puppies can be at high risk for the potentially deadly Parvovirus.
We want to make sure we set up a vaccine schedule that is just right for YOUR dog.