Preventative Care

Annual Wellness Exams

Annual exams are crucial for the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR). This is established when a veterinarian examines your pet in person and is maintained by annual vet visits. By law, in order for a veterinarian to prescribe or dispense your pet medications a valid VCPR is needed. 

During the exam a history will be taken by an assistant or technician. Our doctors will perform a thorough head-to-tail exam checking your pet's skin/haircoat, eyes, ears, nose, teeth and oral health, listen to their heart and lungs, and palpate their lymph nodes, abdomen, and musculoskeletal system. After the exam, our doctors will make recommendations based off of their findings. Routine wellness exams aid with early prevention of diseases and can enable your pet to live a longer, healthier life! We recommend pets under 7 years old be seen at least annually and senior pets (over 8 years old) twice a year. We tailor each visit to your pet's individual needs. 



Vaccinations are an important part of wellness care as they protect against dangerous diseases and they are essential for your pet's long-term health. We recommend puppies and kittens begin vaccines starting at 8 weeks of age. Puppies and kittens need booster vaccines in order to build immunity against what we are vaccinating for. Puppies and kittens are vaccinated at age appropriate intervals. 

Rabies vaccine (required by GA law)
Distemper/Parvo Combination (DHPP) recommended annually for all dogs
Distemper/Parvo Combination with Leptospirosis (4 strain - DHLPP) recommended for most dogs annually, especially if outdoors often
Bordetella (kennel cough) recommended for dogs who board, go to the groomer, doggy day care, or are frequently around other dogs

Rabies vaccine (required by GA law)
FVRCP recommended annually for all cats
Feline Leukemia recommended annually for outdoor cats

Preventative Testing

- Heartworm testing annually for dogs
- Fecal exam for intestinal parasites (deworming as needed)
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)/Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) testing for cats
- Wellness blood panels

Flea/Tick/Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm disease is prevalent in Georgia and it can be a fatal disease. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito for your dog to become heartworm positive! We believe all dogs should be on year-round heartworm prevention with annual heartworm testing.

We offer a variety of options for flea, tick, and heartworm prevention for dogs and cats. With Georgia having a warmer climate, we recommend year-long parasite prevention for both dogs and cats. Contact us for more information on the preventatives we offer!


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