- DHP/P-C is a five in one vaccine that includes protection against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Parainfluenza and Corona virus.
- Bordetella IN is a vaccine for kennel cough.
- Influenza (CIV) is a vaccine for canine influenza.
Kennel cough and influenza are highly contagious viruses. These vaccines are recommended yearly and some may require additional boosters to maintain a full year of protection.
- Rabies is given every two years after the initial vaccine, which is only current for one year. In the state of Kansas the rabies vaccine is a legal requirement. If you live within the city limits you are required to have a city license for your pet.
Here is our recommenation on a vaccination schedule for puppies
8 weeks 1st DHP/P-C and Bordetella IN
12 weeks 2nd DHP/P-C and 1ST CIV
16 weeks 3rd DHP/P-C and 2ND CIV and Rabies
20 weeks 4th DHP/P-C (certain breeds)
If you have an unvaccinated dog older than four or five months, he will need a series of two vaccinations given two to three weeks apart, followed by a yearly vaccination.
A proper diet is essential to maintaining good health. We recommend Hills Science Diet and Prescription Diet foods
Premium-quality dry food provides a well-balanced diet for adult dogs and may be mixed with water, broth or canned food. Puppies should be fed a high-quality puppy food.
Please limit "people food," however, because it can result in vitamin and mineral imbalances, bone and teeth problems and may cause very picky eating habits and obesity.
Clean, fresh water should be available at all times, and be sure to wash food and water dishes frequently.
We recommend starting heartworm prevention as young as eight weeks. A puppy under six months of age can be started on a heartworm preventative without performing a test first. Puppies over the age of six months need tested prior to starting a preventative. Heartworm disease develops when a dog is bitten by a mosquito carrying microscopic heartworm larvae. Adult heartworms often cause lung disease and heart failure. A heartworm test, which is ran using a small blood sample, is recommended yearly to ensure your pet is healthy and heartworm free. Prevention is always more safe and affordable than treating dogs with adult heartworm infections. The heartworm preventives available are also effective at preventing certain intestinal parasite infections.
We recommend prevention all year round!
Advantage Multi topical Heartworm Preventive also flea, hookworm, roundworm and whipworm control
Heartgard chewable Heartworm Preventive also hookworm and roundworm control
Iverheart Max: chewable Heartworm Prevention, as well as Roundworms, Hookworms and Tapeworms
Trifexis chewable Heartworm Preventive also flea, hookworm, roundworm and whipworm control
Dogs are commonly exposed to worms and possible infestation—even in urban areas. Microscopic eggs produced by intestinal worms are passed in an infected dog’s feces. Most puppies, even from healthy mothers in good homes, carry roundworms or hookworms. There is more information here
The key to treatment is correct diagnosis. This will ensure that the medication is effective against the parasite your pet has. A dewormer that eliminates roundworms, for example, will not kill tapeworms. Your veterinarian can best determine the culprit—and prescribe the appropriate medication.
A fecal sample should be done yearly. If you are able to collect a fresh stool sample please bring it to our office as soon as possible. The sample may be refrigerated for up to 24 hours. This is recommended to check for intestinal parasites which can be passed to people. A strategic deworming program may be suggested for you and your animals’ protection.
Spaying and Neutering:
Females should be spayed—the removal of the ovaries and uterus—and males neutered—removal of the testicles—between 5 - 6 months of age. Spaying before maturity significantly reduces the risk of breast cancer, a common and frequently fatal disease of older female dogs. Spaying also eliminates the risk of an infected uterus, a very serious problem in older females that requires surgery and intensive medical care. Neutering males prevents testicular and prostate diseases, some hernias and certain types of aggression. More information can be found here
Licensing and Identification:
Follow your community’s licensing regulations. A microchip, like the ones HomeAgain provides, is the best form of identification because it is permanent and can be implanted at any time to help secure your dog’s return should he become lost. A collar and personalized tag are also a very important form of identification. We have a lifetime warranty on our tuff lock collars and leashes, as well as personalized tag engraving available.
While many of us may object to our pet's bad breath, we should pay attention to what it may be telling us. Bad breath is most commonly an indication that your dog is in need of a dental check up. Dental plaque caused by bacteria results in a foul smell that requires professional treatment. After a professional cleaning, the teeth and gums may be maintained in a healthy state by brushing the teeth regularly, feeding a specially formulated dental diet and treats, and avoiding table scraps. Your veterinarian can give you more tips on minimizing dental disease and bad breath. You can clean your canine’s teeth with a dog toothpaste or a baking-soda-and-water paste once or twice a week. Use a child's soft toothbrush, a gauze pad or a piece of nylon pantyhose stretched over your finger.Some dogs are prone to periodontal disease, a pocket of infection between the tooth and the gum. This painful condition can result in tooth loss and spread infection to the rest of the body. Veterinarians can clean the teeth as a regular part of your dog's health program. While bad breath caused by dental disease may not be too serious if caught early enough, some odors may be indicative of fairly serious, chronic problems such as Liver or intestinal diseases, diabetes or kidney disease.
Daily inspections of your dog for fleas and ticks during the warm seasons are important. Use a flea comb to find and remove fleas. There are several new methods of flea and tick control, which is recommended year round to prevent any infestations from occurring. At the very minimum prevention should be used starting in early spring and continuing through late fall until we receive several hard freezes.
Advantage - Topical treatment for flea prevention
Advantage Multi - Topical treatment for Heartworm, fleas, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms
Advantix - Topical treatment for fleas, ticks, flies and mosquitoes
Bravecto: - Oral treatment for fleas and ticks, that last up to 3 month
Comfortis - Oral treatment for fleas
Frontline - Topical treatment for fleas and ticks
Nexgard: - Oral Treatment for fleas and ticks
Trifexis - Oral treatment for fleas, heartworm, hookworm, roundworm and whipworm infections
Vectra 3D - Topical treatment for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes
Scalibor Collar: - fleas & ticks
You can help keep your dog clean and reduce shedding with frequent brushing. Check for fleas and ticks daily during warm weather. Most dogs don't need to be bathed more than a few times a year. Before bathing, comb or cut out all mats from the coat. Carefully rinse all soap out of the coat, or the dirt will stick to soap residue. Depending on the breed and coat length regular bathing, brushing and haircuts may be recommended. Pedicures or toenail trims are also part of regular grooming. We have grooming services available.