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The American Animal Hospital Association in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association have developed a pet health guide for both dogs and cats. They created these guidelines because, over the past decade or more, a trend has arisen in dogs and cats of increased incidence of disease. These organizations have cited a number of reasons for this increase: self-help internet sites, decreases in vaccination rates, heartworm testing and prevention, and fewer annual wellness exams. I have outlined below some of their recommendations. At Arbor Pointe we are proud to help our patients carry out all of these recommendations.

Cats

Prevention

  • Annual wellness exam.
  • Vaccinations against the core diseases of Rabies, distemper-calici-rhinovirus.
  • Leukemia in kittens and at-risk adult cats.
  • Microchipping for the recovry of lost and found cats.
  • Spays and neuters for non-breeding animals.

Diagnostics

  • Annual parasite testing.
  • Early disease screening tests.
  • Dental x-rays.
  • Geriatric screening tests.

Therapy

  • Year-round broad spectrum parasite control against heartworms, intestinal parasites and fleas.
  • Dental cleanings as needed.
  • Dietary and feeding recommendation based on health conditions.

Dogs

Prevention

  • Annual wellness exams.
  • Vaccination against rabies, distemper, parvovirus.
  • Kennel cough, Lyme disease, and canine influenza for at-risk populations.
  • Microchipping for the recovry of lost and found dogs.
  • Spay and neutering for non-breeding animals.

Diagnostics

  • Annual heartworm testing.
  • Annual parasite testing.
  • Dental x-rays as needed.
  • Early disease screening tests.
  • Geriatric screening tests.

Therapy

  • Year-round broad-spectrum parasite control against heartworms, intestinal parasites and fleas.
  • Dental cleanings as needed.
  • Dietary recommendations based on health needs and conditions.