PETS WE CARE FOR > DOGS
INITIAL EXAMINATION - We recommend an initial examination within 48 hours of the acquisition of your dog. During this first visit, a thorough physical examination will be performed. You will receive information on routine care, diet, household hazards, flea and tick products, heartworm preventative, caging, detecting medical problems, and any conditions which may be associated with the breed of your dog. Laboratory testing will likely be advised.
ANNUAL EXAMINATIONS - Examinations are very important in keeping your dog healthy. After the initial examination, most dogs should have an annual physical examination. Senior dogs, and those with a chronic medical condition, may require more frequent examinations.
Dr. Sager will devise a plan to meet the individual needs of your dog. Your dog’s age, breed, outdoor activity level; as well as your travel plans, will determine the vaccination protocol.
- RABIES - The first rabies vaccine should be given after your puppy is twelve weeks of age. This first vaccine is effective for one year. Proof of rabies vaccination is required to register your dog with the town.
If the second vaccine is given within one year of the first vaccine, a three year vaccine can be administered.
If your dog is bitten by an unknown, or unvaccinated animal; and your dog is not current with its rabies vaccine, a six month quarantine will be imposed. This is state law. It is enforced by the local board of health.
Leptospirosis - not given to all dogs
Coronavirus - not given to all dogs
Puppies receive either three or four doses. The puppy's age at the time that the first vaccine is administered determines the number of required doses. It is very important that puppies receive two doses after ten to eleven weeks of age. Rottweiller and Doberman breeds require an additional dose of the Parvovirus vaccine. After the first year, the vaccine is administered annually, unless the antibody levels are tested and are found to be sufficient.
- LYME DISEASE - There is a vaccine available for Lyme disease. A follow-up vaccine is administered within three to four weeks of the initial vaccine. Thereafter, the vaccine is administered annually. This vaccine is strongly recommended for dogs that live in, or travel to high-risk areas. It is not recommended for all dogs. Dr. Sager will discuss a plan for your dog during the examination visit.
- BORDETELLA - This vaccine protects against Bordetella and Parainfluenza. These organisms cause ‘Kennel Cough.’ We recommend this vaccine for all dogs who attend obedience classes, grooming, or boarding facilities.
The vaccine is generally administered annually. Please check with your dog’s groomer or boarding facility, as they may require the vaccine every six months.
- GIARDIA - This vaccine is rarely advised. It is used only in special circumstances.
MINIMUM AGE: Five months.
A spay procedure removes the ovaries and uterus, eliminating a chance for pregnancy. If this procedure is performed at an early age, it will discourage several unwanted female hormone-related behaviors such as spraying, heat cycles, and attracting males.
There are also several health benefits to this surgery: decreased risk of mammary tumors, uterine infections, ovarian cysts, and reproductive tract tumors.
MINIMUM AGE: Five months.
A neuter procedure removes both testicles. If this procedure is performed at an early age, it will discourage unwanted male hormone-related behavior such as spraying, mounting behaviors, and seeking out females in heat. He should be separated from females for two weeks post-operatively to ensure that he is incapable of reproducing. A neutered pet has a reduced risk of most diseases of the prostate gland and no risk of injury, infection, or cancer of the testicles.
- DIETS - Hill's Prescription, Purina Prescription, IVD, and Royal Canin diets for a variety of special needs. We stock diets for conditions of the skin, kidney, bladder, heart, brain, and liver. We also carry foods to help your dog lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
- SUPPLEMENTS - We carry a full line of supplements to prevent or treat a variety of conditions. Some of these are Glucosamine, Chondroitin, essential fatty acids, vitamins, digestive aids, skin and fur aids, and urinary tract maintenance products.
DENTAL CARE - Preventative care cleanings, fluoride treatments, and extractions. We strongly recommend regular dental cleanings for your dog's teeth. This helps to reduce plaque buildup and prevents many chronic conditions of the vital organs, such as the liver and kidneys. We also treat gingivitis, calculus, infections, periodontitis, and other dental conditions. Board certified veterinary dental services are available when warranted. Sager Animal Hospital carries a full line of products which help prevent tartar and gingivitis - inflammation of the gums.
NAIL TRIMS - Trimming a dog's nails regularly can reduce the risk of scratching and the incidence of broken nail emergencies.