The most important thing to remember when you have an appointment at a veterinary clinic is a leash for your dog and/or a carrier for your cat! You never know what you'll encounter at the clinic and you need to have control.
While the DA2PP vaccine is good for 3 years, the Lepto (leptovirus) portion of the vaccine needs to be boostered annually. Bordatella and Lyme vaccines also require annual boosters. Even if your dog isn't due for any vaccines an annual physical exam is important to screen for any health issues and discuss any concerns you have with the doctor.
You said my dog is due for his "distemper". What is that?
If I keep my dog on heartworm preventative, why do I need to do a heartworm test?
I have an appointment for my pet. What should I bring?
While most heartworm preventatives are extremely effective, none are 100%. Heartworm disease is a treatable but very dangerous condition and early detection is key. It is important that your dog be tested annually to ensure that the proper course of treatment is started.
If your pet is experiencing urinary issues, it is extremely helpful if you can bring a sample with you. Ask us for tips on collection before you come!
If your pet is experiencing diarrhea or you suspect intestinal parasites (worms), bring a fecal (poop) sample.
"Distemper" is the veterinary short term for the DA2PP vaccine. This is a multimodal vaccine that includes coverage for distemper virus, adenovirus type 2 (hepatitis), parainfluenza, and parvovirus. Depending on your dog's needs/risks, it may also include leptovirus or coronavirus.
If distemper is good for 3 years, why do I need to bring my dog back for a vaccine every year?
If it's your first time at the clinic, remember to bring your pets vaccine records, health history, and any medications they are currently taking