First Visit

Full physical examination & consultation
Dental & behavioural assessment
Diet consultation
General Wellness bloodwork – screens for general health and any underlying conditions, providing a baseline for future reference.
Blood Parasite Screen – screens for heartworm disease and tick borne disease (Lyme, Ehrlichia, Anaplasmosis)
Vaccination – DHPP (distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvo Virus)
Vaccination – Rabies
Vaccination – Leptospirosis, Lyme, recommended if pet will be exposed, directly or indirectly to wildlife.
Vaccination – Bordatella – recommended if pet is boarding or has access to other dogs with unknown vaccination histories,
Flea protection & Heartworm preventative – 12 month
Fecal analysis for parasites +/- deworming.

3-4 weeks later

Vaccination – DHPP – booster if no previous vaccine history
Vaccination – Leptosporosis – booster if no previous vaccine history
Vaccination -  Lyme booster if no previous vaccine history


Full physical examination & consultation
General Wellness screening
Blood Parasite screen
Vaccination – DHPP
Vaccination – Rabies if 3-year vaccine not used
Vaccination - +/- Leptosporosis
Vaccination - +/- Lyme
Vaccination - +/- Bordatella
Flea protection  & Heartworm protection – 12 months
Fecal analysis for parasites +/- deworming


Microchip pet identification may be done at any time but is usually combined with your pet’s spay/neuter.


All dogs should be tested for Heartworm before mosquito season begins in May and be started on a preventative program. The oral preventative medication should, ideally, be given monthly. Dogs traveling to the south-eastern United States in the winter months require preventative medication all year round.  All dogs should have a blood test done BEFORE starting the medication except for dogs born after November 1st of the previous year.  In other words, dogs less than six months of age in May of the current year do not require a blood test prior to starting the heartworm preventative program. New research suggests all dogs should be on 12 month protection.


Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete (Borrelia burgdoferi) and spread by ticks.  It is a serious disease in humans.  Clinical signs in dogs, if they occur, are thought to include lameness, joint swelling, fever, loss of appetite and lethargy.  The heart, brain and kidney may also be affected.  Dogs do not generally show the classic red lesion that a human exhibits at the site of a tick bite.  The diagnosis of Lyme disease is not black and white.  If the disease is suspected, your veterinarian may request a blood test to detect antibodies to Borrelia.  If this test is positive and your dog has clinical signs suggestive of Lyme disease and a history of travel to a high risk area, antibiotics may be recommended.

Dogs traveling to the eastern USA should be vaccinated for Lyme Disease. This disease is transmitted by ticks and can affect dogs, cats and people along with many other animals.  A booster vaccine may be required 3 weeks later, then once yearly.



Leptospirosis is a serious bacterial disease that infects dogs, people and several other types of animals. It is carried in the bodies of wild animals and livestock and is transmitted to our pets by contact with contaminated urine from affected animals.  The bacteria attack the kidneys, liver and nervous system. Because vaccination is the best prevention for leptospirosis, we recommend that all dogs that might be exposed, directly or indirectly, to any wildlife, or that live or vacation near creeks, streams or lakes be vaccinated yearly.


A Note About Parvo virus

Parvo virus is a serious disease affecting, primarily, young dogs (6 weeks to 6 months of age) although any age can be affected.  The highest risk breeds include the Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever and Pit Bull.  It is a hardy virus that is contracted through exposure to infected dogs or infected stools. It causes severe vomiting and diarrhea, and usually requires intensive supportive care.