Exams & Vaccinations
Annually, or twice yearly if over the age of seven, your pet will receive a complete and thorough physical examination. All body systems are checked from head to paw. Every animal will receive an ear, eye, and skin exam, oral cavity check, and a thoracic exam, which involves listening to the heart and lungs. Once yearly appropriate lab work will be performed for your pet, such as heartworm testing for dogs and intestinal parasite testing for dogs and cats. In senior patients, we recommend annual senior wellness lab work, which may allow us to diagnose a potential problem early before clinical signs occur.
For dogs, a Rabies vaccination is given every three years after the age of two and Distemper combination vaccination is given yearly to protect your pet against serious infections, such as leptospirosis, adenovirus, distemper virus and parvovirus. Bordetella Bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough) is given intra-nasally every six months. This vaccine is an important one especially if your pet goes to the groomer, dog parks or has a visit to our boarding resort.
Cats will receive Rabies and FVRCP vaccinations on a yearly basis. Rabies is given yearly in cats because we use a non-adjuvented FDA approved Merial Vaccine, which has been proven to help prevent vaccine induced fibrosarcomas. FeLV vaccine is given yearly only if your cat goes outdoors.
The vaccinations discussed above are considered core vaccines. Other vaccinations are available to your pet and we would be happy to discuss your pet’s lifestyle and decide if they would benefit from other vaccinations.
Puppy & Kitten Wellness Programs
Congratulations! Adding a new puppy or kitten to your family is an exciting event with many fulfilling years of special companionship ahead of you. Puppies and kittens come with a lot of responsibility and that’s why we at Sherwood South Animal Hospital are here to help you care for the new addition to your family.
It’s important to bring your puppy or kitten in for a full nose-to-tail exam, and to get them familiar with our veterinary hospital from a young age. There are numerous topics to be aware of and discuss, including vaccinations, nutrition, behavioral training, socialization, and many more. Call us today and we can give you all the information you need to care for your puppy or kitten.
We are so happy that you have found another member of your family, and we are excited to meet them!
Senior Wellness Programs
At Sherwood South Animal Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA, we provide care for your pet through all stages of life. Since pets age faster than we do, it’s easy to forget that they can be considered seniors after just seven years. And as they get older, their health needs change in unique ways that require proper consideration.
We will work with you to develop a health plan that is right for the unique needs of your senior pet. Nutrition, exercise, and the prevention of common problems through regular exams are all ways to help your senior pet stay healthy.
As a pet owner, you want to make sure your pet has the highest quality of life as they age. With proper care, they may even get more time to spend with you and your family, so educating pet owners on proper senior pet care is very important.