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STEP-BY-STEP
ADULT WELLNESS CARE

Necessary Veterinary Procedures and Preventative Medications for

Canines 1-7 Years Old

General, veterinarian led wellness care, vaccinations, and preventative medications are very important for dogs in their prime. Vaccination boosters protect against many viral and bacterial infections that are highly contagious and thrive in our area. We will provide vaccination education and also discuss your dog's vaccination needs.  We look forward to partnering with you to customize a care plan that meets your specific needs to ensure exceptional care and protection for your adult dog.  We will also maintain a working relationship with you to ensure preventative medications for fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal worm protection are provided according to prescription. 

YOUR ADULT DOG SHOULD BE SCHEDULED FOR THE FOLLOWING EACH YEAR FROM THE AGE OF 1-7 YEARS:

IT IS TIME TO SWITCH TO AN ADULT FOOD ONCE YOUR PET REACHES 12 MONTHS OLD.  SPEAK WITH DR. CARTER ABOUT HIGH QUALITY DIETS AT YOUR NEXT VISIT

Carter Vet Clinic Canine Wellness Care for Adult Dogs

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ANNUAL VACCINATION VISIT
&
HEARTWORM DISEASE TESTING

 This very important annual visit is needed each year of your pet's life.

Adult dogs require booster vaccinations annually to maintain resistance to highly contagious, life threatening diseases. At this visit, we will vaccinate using high-quality, veterinary medical grade vaccinations for Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Leptospira canicloa, Leptospira icterohaemorrhagiae, Leptospira grippotyphosa, Leptospira pomona, Bordetella (Kennel Cough), and Rabies. Did you know that all owned dogs are required by Georgia Law to be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian using approved vaccines in accordance with the national Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control?  This is why our annual wellness visit is so important. We will issue a rabies certificate for your records and also assign a rabies tag to be worn on your puppy's collar.  In addition to vaccinations, we will also perform a blood heartworm test to determine if your pet is suffering from the presence of heartworm disease.  If your pet tests negative for heartworm disease, we will provide 12 month prescription for the heartworm preventative of your choice.  Your pet needs to remain on heartworm preventative for life.  If your pet tests positive for heartworm disease, we will discuss treatment options and more so you can make the best decision for your pet moving forward.  We maintain a fully stocked, in-house pharmacy as well as an online pharmacy with great pricing and rebates on both prescription heartworm medications and prescription flea and tick products.  Please ask for more information regarding your medication options at your vaccination visit.  We will also perform fecal testing at this visit to ensure no gastrointestinal parasites are present.  Additionally, as part of our complete Nose-to-Tail examination, we will provide nutritional guidance upon request and also evaluate your pet's dental health.  Should teeth cleaning be required, we will speak with you concerning our dental recommendations.

What can I expect at the Annual Vaccination and Heartworm Testing Visit?

At What Age Do I Need to Bring My Dog in For This Visit?

Will you help Me Remember When My Pet is Due?

If your puppy completed the puppy vaccinations with our veterinary clinic, the annual vaccination boosters and annual heartworm disease testing will be due once your puppy turns 15 months old.  If your dog is one year old and has never had vaccinations, or is past due for puppy or annual vaccinations, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a customized vaccination plan to ensure your pet is protected from life-threatening diseases moving forward.  

Of course we will.  Veterinary health is our priority.  We will send out vaccination reminders via text, email, or standard mail, depending on your preferences.  Carter Veterinary Clinic also has an APP available in the App Store for you to easily keep up with your pet's due dates for future visits as well as medical records, and more.  Speak with our staff for additional details at your next visit.

VETERINARIAN
NOSE-TO-TAIL EXAMINATION WHILE ALSO ADDRESSING ANY ISSUES YOU WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS.  DOGS BEGIN ADULT FOOD AT 1 YEAR OLD

VACCINATIONS ADMINISTERED:
DA2L4PP
RABIES
BORDETELLA
&
12 MONTH
Rx FLEA/TICK PREVENTATIVE RENEWAL

HEARTWORM BLOOD TEST
&

12 MONTH
Rx HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVE
IF THE HEARTWORM
TEST IS NEGATIVE

FECAL TEST FOR INTESTINAL WORMS AND OTHER INTESTINAL PARASITES

Rx DEWORMER OR OTHER TREATMENT IF POSITIVE

DENTAL EVALUATION AND SCHEDULING FOR ANNUAL ROUTINE TEETH CLEANING IF NEEDED.  THIS GENERALLY STARTS BETWEEN 2-3 YEARS OF AGE

What are the DA2L4PP, Bordetella, and Rabies Vaccinations?

  • DISTEMPER: This disease is a paramyxovirus, which is similar to human measles.  It can cause fever, poor appetite, pneumonia, and can continue on to cause neurologic symptoms that can become permanent and cause death. It is transmitted mainly through saliva but can be potentially transmitted through any secretion. Only supportive care can be provided through your veterinarian.

  • ADENOVIRUS TYPE 2: Infectious canine hepatitis is caused by an adenovirus.  It primarily causes liver failure but can also affect the eyes and kidneys.  The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, changes in the cornea of the eye, and even death.  It is transmitted by bodily fluids, especially nasal discharge and urine.  Only supportive care can be provided through your veterinarian.

  • PARAINFLUENZA: Dog flu is similar to the human flu and has similar symptoms.  Dogs with the flu may sneeze, cough, have a runny nose, a low appetite, and a high fever.  Life threatening pneumonia may develop.

  • PARVOVIRUS: Parvo is a dangerous disease that attacks the gastrointestinal tract of puppies.  The virus is usually transmitted through infected feces, but anything can be contaminated, even the dirt from the bottom of your shoe.  It is a stubborn, highly contagious virus that can live on surfaces for months and up to a year outdoors.  We are able to provide hospitalization services and medical treatments as well as IV fluid administration and supportive care to combat dehydration as the virus runs its course.  Parvo is often a fatal disease unless immediate action is taken at the first outward sign of illness and symptoms.

  • LEPTOSPIRA CANICLOA & LEPTOSPIRA ICTEROHAEMORRHAGIAE, LEPTOSPIRA GRIPPOTYPHOSA & LEPTOSPIRA POMONA: This disease can be transmitted to humans and a small amount of other animals.  It is an infection of bacterial spirochetes.  Dogs acquire this when subspecies of the Leptospira interrogates penetrate the skin and spread through the body by way of the bloodstream.  If untreated, the disease can be fatal. 

  • BORDETELLA BRONCHISEPTICA (KENNEL COUGH): This highly contagious disease causes inflammation of your dog's upper respiratory system.  This inflammation leads to coughing and illness and can expose your dog to secondary infections. It is usually spread in areas where large numbers of dogs are confined or congregate, as in boarding kennels, dog parks, and other such places.  Kennel cough is generally not fatal in puppies, however, the disease can lead to fatal bronchopneumonia in puppies and chronic bronchitis in senior or immunocompromised dogs.

  • RABIES: This is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is secreted in saliva and is usually transmitted to people and animals by a bite from an infected animal. Less commonly, rabies can be transmitted when saliva from a rabid animal comes into contact with an open cut on the skin or the eyes, nose, or mouth of a person or animal. Once the outward signs of the disease appear, rabies is nearly always fatal.  There is no treatment and 59,000 human lives are lost annually due to this disease that can be prevented through timely vaccination.

What are Heartworms and Why Does My Dog Need Testing?

PRESCRIPTION HEARTWORM
PREVENTATIVE MEDICATION

LIFELONG PREVENTION BEGINS AT 12 WEEKS OLD 

All it takes is ONE infected bite

Carter Veterinary Clinic has an in-house, fully stocked pharmacy with our favorite, dependable heartworm preventatives available for immediate purchase.  Heartworm medications are by prescription only and are not sold over-the-counter.  Speak with us today about your pet's specific needs and get started on preventing your pup from this deadly disease today.  

If your puppy is over 6 months old and hasn't been started on Rx heartworm medication, please contact us to schedule testing and examination so preventative treatments can begin.

Heartworms are a preventable, but serious and potentially fatal disease that can only be transmitted by mosquitos. When a mosquito bites an infected animal, young heart worms called microfilariae enter into that mosquito's system.  Within two weeks, the microfilariae develop into infective larvae inside the mosquito which can be transmitted to another animal when the mosquito takes it's next blood meal.

HOW DO HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVES WORK?

Heartworm preventative medications kill immature heartworm larvae and prevent them from reaching adulthood. If owners routinely skip doses or choose not to place their pet on Rx heartworm preventative medications, immature heart worms will reach adulthood.  Puppies begin preventative medications at 12 weeks of age and prior to any present heartworm larvae reaching adulthood.  

 

RX PREVENTATIVE MEDICATIONS
KILL IMMATURE HEARTWORM LARVAE.  
THEY DO NOT KILL 
ESTABLISHED ADULT HEARTWORMS.  
AN ADULT HEARTWORM'S LIFESPAN IS 5-7 YEARS

Once your pet has an established, adult heartworm infection, the only way to treat this disease is through costly heartworm treatment, which slowly kills off adult heartworms.  Adult heartworms can reach lengths of 14 inches and damage the blood vessels, and reduce the heart's pumping ability, resulting in severe lung and heart disease, which can be fatal.  Catching this disease early is extremely important in preserving the life of your pet.

PRESCRIPTION FLEA CONTROL

AVAILABLE FOR PUPPIES OVER 8 WEEKS OLD

Carter Vet Clinic Dr. Jim Carter Douglas GA Prescription Flea Control

SPEAK WITH US TODAY ABOUT PRESCRIPTION FLEA CONTROL OPTIONS FOR YOUR PET

 Dr. Carter can assist you with finding the best, long-lasting, veterinary prescription flea control for your puppy that meets your individual needs.  Choosing the right product can be done with confidence and doesn't have to be a stressful experience with the right guidance.  Always administer flea prevention to your pets year-round to fully protect them from parasites.  Even if your pet doesn't spend a significant amount of time outdoors, they are still at risk for acquiring fleas.  Humans can also unknowingly carry fleas inside the house either on their clothing or shoes.  It's easy for fleas to attack and feed on your pet as well as yourself.

Veterinary clinical quality flea control medications are only available by prescription from a veterinarian and are not available for over-the-counter sales without a prescription.  They protect dogs by killing any fleas that latch onto their skin.  Once on your pet, these blood-thirsty, disease transmitting parasites feed on your pet's blood and can cause anemia.  In severe cases, flea anemia can require blood transfusions and can be fatal.  Fleas are also the host for tapeworms.  If your pet eats a flea infected with tapeworms, your pet can then acquire tapeworms.  These intestinal parasites cause itchiness around the anus, weight loss, decreased appetite, failure for growth in younger pets, diarrhea, fatigue, and more.

ANNUAL DENTAL CLEANING

Carter Vet Clinic Dr. Jim Carter  Douglas GA Annual Canine Dental Care

Annual Canine Dental Care

Did you know that adult dogs need routine dental care just like their people?  The most common dental issue in dogs is periodontal disease, which is a term used to describe infection and associated inflammation of the periodontium, which are the tissues surrounding the teeth.  

Periodontal diseases begin with gingivitis, and if left untreated, the infection often spreads deeper into the tooth socket, destroying the bone and causing lots of pain.  

How common is periodontal disease, you might ask?  It has been estimated that more than two-thirds of dogs over three years of age suffer from some degree of periodontal disease, making it THE most common disease affecting canine companions.

At your annual vaccination visit as well as your mid-year health examination, Dr, Carter will take a look at your pet's teeth and mouth and will make recommendations should your pet requires routine teeth cleaning and dental care. It is recommended to begin annual teeth cleanings once annual once plaque starts accumulating.   This usually begins within the first 2-3 years of adult life.

PLEASE CONSIDER PET INSURANCE

&
MICROCHIPPING

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PLEASE CONSIDER MICROCHIPPING

FOR ALL PETS BEGINNING AT THE AGE OF 6 WEEKS AND OLDER. $39.99 when combined with a wellness visit or at no cost to you if your pet is covered by Pumpkin Health Insurance.

Carter Veterinary Clinic encourages you to consider microchipping your pet.  Microchipping is the only unique, unalterable, tamper-proof, permanent form of identification that owners can provide for their beloved companions. If your pet is found, shelters and veterinarians can scan your pet for the unique microchip number and ultimately reunite you with your pet.  We proudly use DATAMARS microchips. Dr. Carter understands the importance of microchips and he has prepaid the enrollment fees for you to ensure your pet is listed in the national database for the life of your pet.  There are no hidden costs or additional fees beyond the affordable purchase of the chip ($39.99 when combined with a wellness visit or at no cost if your pet is covered by Pumpkin Health Insurance.) Datamars microchips are also recognized internationally as well.  Find peace of mind today and provide your pet with a silent voice.​

 

*Microchipping is a free service if your pet is covered by Pumpkin Health Insurance

MID-YEAR HEALTH & WELLNESS VISIT

How Can Mid-Year Health & Wellness Visits Benefit Your Pet?

Dogs age quickly and have much faster metabolisms that we do. They are also masters at concealing symptoms of injury and illness, which makes it difficult for you to know when something is wrong. Scheduling the Mid-Year Health and Wellness Visit allows Dr. Carter and his team to catch unusual changes that are not noticeable to pet owners and investigate further to see if there is an issue that needs medical attention.  Without early detection, underlying health conditions can progress and become harder and more expensive to treat.  We will also weigh your pet and confirm your current flea and heartworm preventative medications are the accurate dosage for the next 6 months until the next annual vaccination and heartworm testing visit.  Additionally, we will perform a fecal test to ensure no gastroentestinal parasite issues.  Heartworm medications do deworm pets for general intestinal worms.  However, there are certain resistant strains of hookworms and roundworms emerging that we are on high alert for that require a different medication than the intestinal dewormers found in heartworm medications.

SPAYING & NEUTERING

THE RECOMMENDED AGE IS

6 MONTHS OLD FOR MALES AND FEMALES

BUT SURGERY CAN BE PERFORMED AT ANY AGE

Spaying and neutering has benefits beyond unwanted reproduction.  In females, if spayed before the first heat cycle, the occurrence of future breast cancer cases is reduced by 90%.  In males, you completely reduce concerns of testicular cancer, testicular torsion, and the unwanted behavioral concerns that plague 

in-tact males, such as constant urinating to mark territory, roaming, and aggression.  It has been proven by numerous studies that spayed or neutered pets live longer, healthier lives.  That's a WIN for everyone!

PLEASE MAKE YOUR SPAY OR NEUTER SURGERY APPOINTMENT

3-4 MONTHS IN ADVANCE

DUE TO THE NUMBER OF BOOKINGS ALREADY ON OUR SURGERY SCHEDULE

Carter Vet Clinic Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

ONCE YOUR DOG TURNS 8 YEARS OLD, IT IS TIME TO SWITCH TO SENIOR CARE

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