7955 Kings Hwy, King George, VA 22485 | 540-775-6800

Wellness Care

Wellness Care - Standards for Dogs



​​Wellness Care - Standards for Cats


Preventive Care

Wellness Exams

  • Kittens should be seen every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age, then again at 14-16 months of age.
  • Adult cats should be seen for wellness exams annually.
  • Senior cats are those 10 years and older. They should be seen for wellness exams one to two times per year, based on their individual health conditions.


Wellness Diagnostic Profiles – may include urinalysis and blood tests

  • For kittens and adult cats with unknown health history, we recommend screening for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline AIDS (FIV). Both of these conditions are contagious and any new cats should be screened before being introduced to a home with other cats.
  • For healthy cats, we recommend beginning wellness diagnostic screening at age 6, age 8, and then annually beginning at age 10.


Fecal Screening for Parasites

  • Every year to check for intestinal parasites. Cats may not show symptoms of intestinal parasites but left untreated, they may cause intestinal inflammation, failure to grow and thrive, or weight loss.
  • Pets should be retested four weeks after testing positive and being treated for intestinal parasites.
  • Annual screening and deworming with Drontal is very important for cats that spend any time outdoors and may come in contact with wildlife.


Dental Health

  • Begin tooth brushing at home as early as possible to develop good habits – even those kitten teeth! Continue regular tooth brushing at home through the senior years.
  • Annual assessment of dental health is part of our annual wellness exam.
  • Dental cleanings and X-rays as recommended by the veterinarian. Brushing at home can extend the time between dental cleanings at the hospital.​





Core Vaccines – Recommended for all cats

Rabies – Required by Virginia law for all cats.

  • Kittens should be vaccinated at 16-20 weeks of age, with a booster vaccine administered at 1 year.
  • Re-vaccinate annually.​


FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)

  • Begin at 6-8 weeks of age and booster vaccine every 3-4 weeks until 14-16 weeks of age.
  • Re-vaccinate at 1 year, 2 years and every 3 years thereafter.

FeLV (Feline Leukemia)


  • Begin at 9 weeks of age, booster in 3-4 weeks and at 1 year of age.
  • Re-vaccinate every 3 years.

​Parasite Prevention - Flea & Tick


  • Due to the prevalence of fleas and ticks in our area, we recommend year-round preventatives.
  • For cats and kittens 2 weeks of age and older, we recommend Frontline Gold which is a topical treatment providing 30 days of protection against fleas and ticks.

Core Vaccines – Recommended for all dogs

Rabies – Required by Virginia law for all dogs.

  • Puppies should be vaccinated between 16-20 weeks of age, with a booster vaccine administered at 1 year.
  • Re-vaccinate every three years.


DHPP/DHLPP (Distemper, Hepatitis [Adenovirus], Parvo, Parainfluenza/Leptospirosis)

  • Begin at 6-8 weeks of age and booster vaccine every 2-4 weeks until over 16 weeks of age.
  • Certain breeds such as German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans need an additional booster over 16 weeks of age.
  • Re-vaccinate at 1 year and every 3 years thereafter.
  • If DHLPP is given, Leptospirosis must be re-vaccinated annually.


Leptospirosis

  • Vaccinate at 12 weeks, booster in 3-4 weeks.
  • Re-vaccinate every year. May be given as the DHLPP combo.​ 


Vaccines Non-Core Vaccines – Recommended based on life style, activity, location, individual health condition

Bordetella (Kennel Cough)

  • Recommended for dogs that will be in contact with other dogs at a grooming or boarding facility, dog park, training classes, shows, etc. Often required by boarding facilities.
  • Vaccinate at 8 weeks (intranasal), re-vaccinate every year.


Lyme Disease

  • Due to the prevalence of ticks and Lyme disease in our area, we recommend for all dogs.
  • Vaccinate at 12-14 weeks, booster in 3-4 weeks, then annually thereafter.


Canine Influenza

  • Very low risk in our region. If a local outbreak occurred we would recommend for all dogs that may be in contact with other dogs.
  • Vaccinate at 12-14 weeks, booster in 2-4 weeks and annually thereafter.

Wellness care services are performed for the prevention of disease or sickness as well as help to ensure your pets stay healthy. Our preventive care services include wellness exams, vaccinations, parasite screening and control, heartworm testing and prevention, feline immunodeficiency virus and leukemia testing, and even weight management.  

​Preventive Care


Wellness Exams


  • Puppies should be examined every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age.
  • Adult dogs should have annual wellness exams.
  • Senior dogs should be examined one to two times a year for wellness exams based on their individual health concerns.


Wellness Diagnostic Profiles – may include urinalysis and blood tests


  • For healthy dogs, we recommend beginning wellness diagnostic screening at age 6 and then annually beginning at age 8.


Screening for Heartworm & Tick Borne Diseases


  • Beginning at 12 months of age if the dog has been on preventative since puppy days.
  • Every year for pets on preventative year round (recommended in our region).
  • For pets not on heartworm preventative year round, screening must be performed before restarting preventative. Year round protection is highly recommended in our region.


Fecal Screening for Parasites


  • Beginning with their first wellness examination, puppies should be screened for parasites, treated accordingly and retested four weeks after being treated.
  • Every year to check for intestinal parasites. Dogs may not show symptoms of intestinal parasites but left untreated, they may cause intestinal inflammation, failure to grow and thrive, or weight loss.
  • Pets should be retested four weeks after testing positive and being treated for intestinal parasites.


Dental Health


  • Begin tooth brushing at home as early as possible to develop good habits – even those puppy teeth! Continue regular tooth brushing at home through the senior years.
  • Annual assessment of dental health is part of our wellness exam.
  • Dental cleanings and X-rays as recommended by the veterinarian. Brushing at home can extend the time between dental cleanings at the hospital.


Parasite Prevention

Flea & Tick

  • Due to the prevalence of fleas and ticks in our area, we recommend year-round preventatives.
  • For dogs over 6 months of age, we recommend Simparica, an oral chewable tablet which provides one month of protection against fleas and ticks.
  • For clients who prefer a topical treatment, we recommend Frontline Gold which provides one month of protection. Frontline Gold may be used on dogs older than 8 weeks of age.


Heartworm

  • Due to the prevalence of mosquitoes in our area and the seriousness of heartworm infection, we recommend year-round heartworm preventatives.
  • All dogs must be tested prior to starting or restarting heartworm preventative. For missed doses (more than 7 weeks between doses), dogs should be retested 6 months after last dose.