Donner Creek Veterinary Clinic

5950 Robinson Road
Lockport, NY 14094

(716)625-4111

donnercreekvet.com

Annual Exams

Welcome to your pet’s annual exam!

The following are services that our Doctors recommend most patients receive at least once yearly. When you come in and see us, one of our staff members will assist you in making your pet’s personalized healthcare plan.

Below you will find annual exam recommendations for both dogs and cats.

  

Annual Exam for Dogs

Doctor’s Exam
This is your time with the Doctor to address any health or behavior concerns you may have. It is also the Doctor’s time with your dog to assess their overall health and ability to handle preventative or other medications.

Rabies Vaccine
All dogs must be up to date on this vaccine in accordance with NYS law. Additionally, rabies is an untreatable and fatal disease that can be spread to other animals and humans. This vaccine may be given yearly or every three years.

DHPP (Canine Distemper - Adenovirus / Parainfluenza / Parvovirus)
These four diseases are very hard to treat and may often be fatal. It is spread by wildlife to both urban and rural areas. This may also be given yearly or every three years.

Leptosporosis
This disease is endemic (inescapable!) in our area and may cause liver and kidney failure if not detected early. It is spread by wildlife in both urban and rural areas and can be transmitted from dogs to people.

Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
This is similar to the flu vaccine for humans, recommended for “high-risk” dogs before going to groomers, kennels, or training classes.

Flea Prevention
Fleas are very hard to completely eradicate from any environment so prevention is the preferred course of action. Fleas may cause skin issues as well as the spreading of tapeworms.

Heartworm Test
This is a spot check for heartworm disease, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and lyme disease; all blood borne parasites spread either by ticks or mosquitoes. If your dog is on heartworm prevention year round, they should be tested yearly or as recommended by the doctor.

Heartworm Prevention
A chewable pill given every 30 days to kill heartworm larvae as well as some GI parasites. We recommend the dogs stay on this year round.

Intestinal Parasite Screening (Fecal Exam)
This is a yearly spot check which helps us to discern the “worm burden” your dog is carrying and plan how often and with what medication to treat them.

Deworming
All dogs should be dewormed at least once yearly whether there are parasites seen on the fecal exam or not. Sometimes we get false negatives based on the lifecycles of the parasites, and the way the test is designed it cannot detect 100% of GI parasites. If your dog’s intestinal parasite screening does not show any parasites, we still recommend a yearly deworming. If there are parasites seen, we will need to do subsequent treatments. All dogs are born with and are susceptible to GI parasites no matter what their lifestyle.

 

  

Annual Exam for Cats

Doctor’s Exam
This is your time with the Doctor to address any health or behavior concerns you may have.  It is also the Doctor’s time with your cat to assess their overall health and ability to handle preventative or other medications.

Rabies Vaccine
All cats must be up to date on this vaccine in accordance with NYS law, regardless of if they go outside or not.  Additionally, rabies is an untreatable and fatal disease that can be spread to other animals and humans.  This vaccine is recommended yearly for cats.

FRCP (Cat Ddistemper - Rhinotracheitis / Calcivirus / Panleukopenia)
These are mainly upper respiratory diseases in cats that are for a large part untreatable and can become fatal.  They are spread similarly to our cold and flu.

Feline Leukemia
This vaccine is recommended for cats that routinely go outside and come into contact with other cats.  The disease is caused by a virus and spread cat to cat through scratches and bites.  If your cat stays indoors and was vaccinated as a kitten this vaccine is not necessary for your pet.

Flea Prevention
Fleas are very hard to completely eradicate from any environment so prevention is the preferred course of action.  Fleas may cause skin issues as well as the spreading of tapeworms.

Intestinal Parasite Screening (Fecal Exam)
This is a yearly spot check which helps us to discern the “worm burden” your cat is carrying and plan how often and with what medication to treat them.

Deworming
All cats should be dewormed at least once yearly whether there are parasites seen on the fecal exam or not.  Sometimes we get false negatives based on the lifecycles of the parasites, and the way the test is designed it cannot detect 100% of GI parasites.  If your cat’s intestinal parasite screening does not show any parasites, we still recommend a yearly deworming.  If there are parasites seen, we will need to do subsequent treatments.  All cats are born with and are susceptible to GI parasites no matter what their lifestyle.