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General dog care recommendations from 
Plaza Veterinary Hospital

One reason a dog is such a lovable creature is his tail wags instead of his tongue. ~Author Unknown

We follow the American Veterinary Medical Association's guidelines for vaccination of adult dogs.

Research has indicated that many of the vaccines we use last longer than one year, and they have been grouped into core and optional vaccines.

Core Vaccinations given every 3 years for all adult dogs:
Rabies
Distemper, Hepatitis, and Parainfluenza (DHPP)
Parvovirus

Annual Vaccinations
Leptospirosis

Optional Annual Vaccinations
Bordetella (Kennel Cough) for dogs who go to boarding kennels, dog shows, or the groomer.
Lyme vaccination is recommended for dogs that may be in or near wooded areas.

Dogs 2 years of age and older should be seen annually for a complete physical exam, and will receive Rabies, DHP, or Parvovirus vaccine on a 3 year rotating basis along with a Leptospirosis vaccine.


Dog Parasite Prevention information
Heartworms are a blood parasite transmitted by an infected mosquito. We recommend heartworm preventative be given from June 1st through December 1st.

Annual Heartworm Test. The test we use also screens for 3 tick-borne diseases: Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, and Erhlichia.

Annual Fecal Exam checks for intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.


Other dog health care recommendations
Spaying or Neutering is recommended at 6 months of age for all dogs not used for breeding.

Annual Blood Profile is recommended at 8 years of age, and annually thereafter, for early detection of common problems associated with aging.

Microchip Identification
We strongly urge you to obtain an i.d. tag for your dogs collar. We also offer permanent identification with the Home Again Microchip.

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A microchip, which is the size of a grain of rice, is inserted underneath the skin between the shoulder blades. The i.d. number and owner information is registered with the Home Again Database.

If a pet is lost and recovered, the number can be read by any agency or veterinarian who has a microchip scanner, and the owner can be traced.