Yearly Physical Exam
It is extremely important that your pet be examined at least once a year. This allows us to thoroughly check your pet for problems and evaluate them for signs of an early disease process that may be slowed, managed, or require additional monitoring (such as arthritis, heart disease and kidney disease). This is the best way to keep your pet healthy.
It is extremely important to keep your dog and cat on year-around heartworm preventative. Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes and even indoor-only pets are at risk to acquire to this parasite. We recommend dogs be given Sentinel or Interceptor once monthly. We recommend cats have Advantage Multi applied to them once monthly. These are excellent products, safe and effective. Additionally, these products will deworm your pet at each dose.
We recommend each pet have a fecal sample analyzed for internal parasites at least once a year. We do a centrifugation test as this is the most accurate method to determine if your pet has picked up any of these parasites.
Vaccinations are an important part of protecting your pets' health. At PNAH, we follow the vaccine guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. These guidelines establish "core" and "noncore" recommendations for vaccine use. The links below take you to the detailed vaccine recommendations:
In essence, we want to protect your pet with appropriate vaccines but not give them vaccines which are unnecessary. The State of Oklahoma does require each dog and cat to be current on rabies vaccination.
The type of vaccine used for your pet is extremely important. We only use non-adjuvanted vaccines in our feline patients. Although quite a bit more expensive than other vaccines, these are the safest vaccines to use. Cats should ONLY be vaccinated with non-adjuvanted vaccines. In our canine patients, we use vaccines that are genetically engineered. Again, these are more expensive but are the safest vaccines to give to your pet.
All puppies should be started on a vaccination program beginning at 6 - 8 weeks of age. They should have the vaccines repeated every 3 - 4 weeks until they reach 16 weeks of age. A minimum of two sets of vaccines are required to establish immunity except in the case of rabies in which a single dose is sufficient. Puppies are vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, Bordetella (kennel cough) and Rabies.
Once a dogs puppy shots are complete, they should receive additional booster vaccinations, based on exposure risk, at the time of their annual exams. We use the 1 year thimerosal free rabies vaccine as we believe it is the safest and most effective vaccine. We also recommend giving a recombinant Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvo vaccine every 3 years. We recommend the Bordetalla vaccine be given every 6 months or yearly, based on exposure. We recommend the Leptospirosis vaccine be given annually based on exposure.
All kittens should be tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus prior to beginning vaccinations. They should begin their vaccination program at 6 - 8 weeks of age and have them repeated every 3 - 4 weeks until they reach 16 weeks of age. A minimum of two sets of vaccines are required to establish immunity except in the case of rabies in which a single dose is sufficient. All our feline vaccines are adjuvant-free. Kittens are vaccinated against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukapenia, Leukemia, Bordatella and Rabies.
Once a cats kitten shots are complete, they should receive additional booster vaccinations, based on exposure risk, at the time of their annual exams. We use the 1 year modified canary-pox adjuvant free rabies vaccine as it is the safest and most effective vaccine available. We also recommend giving an adjuvant-free Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calici and Panleukopenia vaccine every 3 years. We recommend the Bordetella vaccine be given every 6 months or yearly, based on exposure. We recommend the Leukemia and FIV vaccines be given annually based on exposure.