When of a nature that can be dealt with using limited staff are sometimes accommodated. Most emergencies are best treated by the Peninsula Animal Referral Center, a state of the art, fully staffed, after-hours facility located in Tabb, 5-1/2 miles south of GAH on Highway 17.

Peninsula Animal Referral Center
1120 George Washington Memorial Highway (Rt. 17)
Telephone: 757-874-8115
www.parcvets.com/

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Wellness Tips

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Exams

Exam (with Worksheet and Questionnaire) every 3 weeks as a juvenile until 15 weeks of age, every 6 months thereafter. Repeat worksheet and questionnaire with any full physical exam (wellness or Illness) that occurs more than 3 months since the last exam.

Vaccines:
  • Rabies– First vaccine between 12 and 16 weeks of age followed by booster 1 year later and every 3 years after that.
  • DHPP and DRC (Distemper combination)– every 3 weeks from 6 to over 14 weeks of age (for dogs) or 16 weeks of age (for cats). Initially 2 vaccines, 3 weeks apart if started between 14 and 16 weeks. Two vaccines are needed for cats over 16 weeks of age, a booster vaccine 1 year later then every 3 years after that.
  • Bordetella– every 6 months if pet ever leaves the owner’s property or is exposed to any other dogs. First vaccine is boosted 3 weeks later if given before 9 weeks of age.
  • Lyme– If pet walks in woods or is otherwise picking up ticks. Initially a series of 2 vaccines, 3 weeks apart, started when over 12 weeks of age and boosted every 12 months.
  • Feline Leukemia (FeLv)– If pet goes outdoors or is exposed to other cats of questionable FeLV status. Initially 2 vaccines, 3 weeks apart, started over 12 weeks of age and boosted annually. Cat should be FeLv tested first. All kittens should be vaccinated if under one year of age then assessed for risk one year later.
Labs:
  • Intestinal Parasite Exams– at least 2 during pediatric visits, usually on first and last visit. Then annually.
  • Heartworm Test/Tick Screening– before starting heartworm prevention if over 6 months old, or if off of prevention for more than 2 months (not required in cats). Annually if on prevention. This test also screens for 3 tick-borne diseases: Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichiosis.
  • Wellness Blood Panel– annually if less than 7 years old, every 6 months if over 7 or if on certain medications.
  • Urinalysis– same as above, ideally at the same time as the blood panel.
Parasite Control
  • Deworming– at each pediatric visit, at least 2 when a juvenile. Then annually. Otherwise by fecal results.
  • Heartworm Prevention– every month, year round, for dogs, cats and ferrets.
  • Flea and Tick Control– prevention is strongly recommended each month for dogs, cats and some small exotic mammals.
Dentistry

Dental care and grading at each wellness visit. Professional Cleaning Grades 1-4.

Behavior

Training and Socialization discussed especially as pediatrics. Problems addressed early. See Questionnaire.