Prolong Your Dog's Life
Lockridge Animal Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.
Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We then customize our recommendations based on your dog's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.
Annual preventive care for dogs typically includes:
- Physical Examination, at least once yearly for our canine patients less than 5 years of age and at least twice yearly for those older than 5 years, at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.
During the exam our doctors will perform a:
- Ear and Eye Examination
- Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
- Temperature Reading
- Abdominal Palpation
- Dental Exam
- Dermatological Exam
- Musculoskeletal Evaluation
- Vaccines based on your dog's lifestyle and/or breed. Core vaccines include Rabies and Distemper. Our veterinarians may also recommend lifestyle vaccines such as Lyme, Bordetella (Kennel Cough), Canine Influenza, and Leptospirosis based on your dog's exposure risk.
- Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as roundworms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites and diseases.
- Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms or other internal parasites and early disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam.
- Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping that will benefit your dog's overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog's health or behavior.