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|Puppy||0-1 year old|
|Junior/Adult||1-6 years old|
|Senior||7+ year old|
Things to review, discuss and check at your dog's next veterinary appointment.
|General||Thorough physical exam, microchip, grooming advice, consult about medications or supplements||Evaluate congenital disorders||Evaluate congenital disorders, address special needs for lifestyle||Evaluate congenital disorders, preventative testing|
|Environment||Exercise, mental stimulation, family unit, toxins, hazards, in and outdoor safety, confinement, sanitation, infectious disease risk assessment||Discuss and emphasize daily exercise needs appropriate to age, Increased awareness of hazards during this age||Discuss and emphasize daily exercise needs appropriate to age||Discuss and emphasize daily exercise needs appropriate to age, Evaluate necessary environmental changes for mobility, sight, and hearing|
|Behavior||Discuss good and bad behavior, behavioral modifications||Socialization, obedience classes, benefits of crate training, housetraining, bite inhibition, safety, grooming needs||Address inappropriate behavior, discuss continued training for behavior, socialization, well being and bonding||Cognitive evaluation|
|Nutrition||Diet should be recommended based on individual needs||Feed a "puppy" diet, establish a feeding schedule and watering habits||Evaluate feeding schedule, food choice and amount, monitor weight||Evaluate feeding schedule, food choice and amount, monitor weight|
|Parasite Control||Internal and External Parasite Control year round||Discuss prevalence of parasite in puppies and their zoonotic potential, fecal testing and deworming||Fecal tests at least once a year, more if lifestyle dictates||Fecal tests at least once a year, more if lifestyle dictates|
|Vaccinations||Discuss core vaccines vs. titers, evaluate risk assessment and give non-core vaccines as needed||Core vaccines given 4 times, three weeks apart until 16 weeks old||Continue core and necessary non-core vaccinations based on current guidelines||Continue core and necessary non-core vaccinations based on current guidelines|
|Dentistry||Perform oral exam, discuss home dental care||Evaluate baby teeth, evaluate permanent teeth as they erupt, discuss breed specific oral health concerns, discuss appropriate chew toys and home care||Increase frequency of oral health exams, schedule professional cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian||Increase frequency of oral health exams, schedule professional cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian|
|Reproduction||Examine genitalia of intact animals, verify spay/neuter status||Discuss spay and neuter, discuss breeding||For intact animals: discuss appropriate breeding ages and frequency, genetic counseling, hazards of roaming, continued examinations of genitalia (prostate, testes, mammary glands)||For intact animals: discuss appropriate breeding ages and frequency, genetic counseling, hazards of roaming, continued examinations of genitalia (prostate, testes, mammary glands)|
|Breed Specific Screening||Consider screening for genetic disorders/disease that occur more commonly in certain breeds||Discuss inherited disorders for all dogs based on breed, especially if breeding is a consideration||Discuss inherited disorders for all dogs based on breed, especially if breeding is a consideration||Discuss inherited disorders for all dogs based on breed, especially if breeding is a consideration|
What tests should my dog receive?
|Tick-borne Diseases||As needed based on lifestyle||As needed based on lifestyle||As needed based on lifestyle|
|Complete Blood Count (CBC)||Yes, pre-surgical (spay/neuter)||Yes||Yes|
|Blood Chemistry Screen||Yes, pre-surgical (spay/neuter)||Yes||Yes|
|Urinalysis||Yes, pre-surgical (spay/neuter)||Yes||Yes
The dental care process for my dog CoCo was AMAZING! This was the first oral check up for CoCo and the staff was to great about explaining everything to me. They kept me 'in the loop' on all they were doing and how CoCo was handling the process. They truly care about my dog and I couldn't be more appreciative.