Standards of Care for Annual Wellness Visits

As veterinarians we are allowed to develop our own sets of standards of care for our patients. Using the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, the following protocols are our standard of care for annual wellness exams:

  • Dogs
    • Rabies vaccine every 1 or 3 years depending on the product
    • DHPP vaccine every 3 years. We may lengthen the interval as patients age
    • Bordatella vaccine (Only if going to boarding facilities) annually. Some kennels request it every 6 months, which is fine
    • Lyme, Leptospirosis, and H3N8 (Canine Influenza) vaccines only if lifestyle dictates it.
    • Annual Heartworm test even if taking preventative
    • Annual fecal exam
    • Annual Wellness Blood Profile. We have 3 levels of profiles which are given based on the age of the patient. The profiles become more in depth as the patient ages. These profiles allow us to thoroughly evaluate the health of our patients, going beyond what a physical exam will reveal.
  • Cats
    • Rabies vaccine every 1 year, We feel the 1 year product is safer than the 3 year product in cats
    • FVRCP-C vaccine every 3 years. We may lengthen the interval as patients age
    • Feline Leukemia every 3 years for cats that go outdoors
    • Annual fecal exam for indoor cats and annual therapeutic deworming if outside cats
    • Annual Wellness Blood Profile at 1 year of age and then annually starting at 6. We have 2 levels of profiles which are given based on the age of the patient. The profiles become more in depth as the patient ages. These profiles allow us to thoroughly evaluate the health of our patients, going beyond what a physical exam will reveal.

 

 

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