Dog Life Stages

From puppy to senior adult, dogs have changing medical needs and exhibit changing behavior patterns as they age.  Here's a quick summary of what you can expect. Take a look at our guide to Dog Life Stages for more details on your pet's changing health needs.

8 Week Exam

  • 1st Distemper/Parvo Vaccination
  • Deworm and Fecal Test
  • Begin Monthly Flea/Tick Prevention

12 Week Exam

  • 2nd Distemper/Parvo Vaccination
  • Deworm
  • Bordetella Vaccination (if needed)
  • Begin Monthly Heartworm Preventative

16 Week Exam

  • 3rd Distemper/Parvo Vaccination
  • Rabies Vaccination
  • Deworm and Fecal Test

Annual Exam Starting at 1 Year

  • Rabies Vaccination (every 3 years after first year)
  • Distemper/Parvo Vaccination (every 3 years after first year)
  • Heartworm Test (every year)
  • Bordetella Vaccination (every year if needed)
  • Fecal Test (every year)

As Dogs Age

  • Regular dental exams and cleanings
  • Annual bloodwork and urine test to evaluate organ function
  • For pets 7 years and older, we recommned twice yearly exams.