Preventative Health Care Program For Dogs

The following guidelines are our general recommendations for preventative health for your dog. These will be broken up into separate age groups:

  • For Puppies
  • For Adult Canines
  • For Senior Canines
  • For Aging Canines

Because each animal is unique, we will customize your pet’s health program as needed for optimal care. For more information please call (541) 618-4998.

Preventative Health for Puppies

8 Weeks

  • Physical examination
  • DHPP combination vaccine – canine distemper, hepatitis virus, parvo and parainfluenza
  • Begin heartworm preventative
  • Deworming – we recommend bringing in a stool sample at this visit

12 Weeks

  • Physical examination
  • 2nd DHPP vaccine with Leptospirosis added
  • Manual hip dysplasia evaluation

16 Weeks

  • Physical examination
  • 3rd DHPP vaccine with leptospirosis added
  • Bordatella vaccination if going to a boarding facility, puppy classes, or other high risk environments
  • Radiographic hip dysplasia evaluation
  • Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS) surgery if necessary
  • Spay or Castration at this time if JPS is performed

20 Weeks

  • Additional parvo vaccinations for breeds such as Dobermans, Pit Bulls and Rottwielers may be needed if not vaccinated as recommended

6 Months

  • Rabies vaccination (booster required in 1 year)
  • Spay or Castration
  • Microchip implantation

Preventative Health for Adult Canines


  • Wellness examination
  • Dental examination (with dental cleaning and prophylaxis as required)
  • Leptospirosis vaccination
  • Bordatella (Kennel Cough) vaccination: if boarding or high-risk environments
  • Deworming: We recommend bringing in a fecal sample yearly; dogs can carry parasites without showing signs, some of which can be transmitted to people or children.
  • Nutrition/activity consult and body condition evaluation

Every 2 Years

  • Heartworm test beginning at 1 year of age. Being on heartworm preventative medication all year round is highly recommended, and testing is to be sure the preventative is working.

Every 3 Years

Preventative Health for Senior Canines


  • Biochemistry/Complete Blood Count/Urinalysis every 1-2 years beginning at 6-8 years of age depending on the breed
  • Tonopen evaluation for glaucoma (increased eye pressures)
  • ECG evaluation for heart arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats)
  • Thoracic (chest) radiographs to evaluate the heart and to check for the presence of lung tumors

Canine Aging Chart

There are two points to notice on this chart. First, your pet’s age is based on body weight. Not only is this true for small v large breed dogs, but also overweight dogs as well. Overweight dogs have more health problems, including heart, respiratory, orthopedic (arthritis, ligament damage, etc.), and others. Second, dogs are considered senior at around 6-8 years. This is the time period when a large portion of health problems begin to appear in our canine pets. For this reason, we stress annual wellness exams and bloodwork screens to help identify those health issues before they become a problem.