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Prolong Your Dog's Life

Dog at Ashland Animal HospitalAshland Animal Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We then customize our recommendations based on your dog's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Annual preventive care for dogs typically includes:

  • Physical Examination: we recommend at least one yearly physical exam, where our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.

    During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccines are based on your dog's lifestyle, breed, and age.

    A Note About Vaccine Frequency: All Bacterial vaccinations (bacterins) need to be given every year. Bacterins give short term immunity and therefore, need to be repeated more frequently in order to remain effective.

    What to Expect After Vaccination: It can be normal for your dog to be slightly tired or sore the same day of vaccination; this generally resolves within 24 hours.

    Vaccine Reactions: While vaccine reactions are uncommon, they can occur. Vaccine reaction in dogs most commonly causes hives, facial swelling, itchiness and nausea. More serious reactions can include shock or anaphylaxis. If you suspect your dog is experiencing a reaction please call to let us know.

  • Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.

  • Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms or other internal parasites and early disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam. We recommend the following tests for dogs:

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping that will benefit your dog's overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog's health.