Our veterinarians recommend the following procedures for puppies and dogs:

  • Dog and PuppySpaying

    Spaying is the surgical removal of the female dog's uterus and ovaries. It is highly recommended that your female dog be spayed before her first heat. After spaying, she will not experience heat cycles or become pregnant. Once your dog has been spayed, her disposition should not change except for the better. She'll probably be more relaxed, playful and affectionate. She may become less noisy and nervous. Spaying also helps reduce the risk of uterine infections, tumors of the reproductive system, false pregnancies and conditions related to hormone imbalances.

  • Neutering

    Neutering is the surgical removal of the testicles through the scrotum. Neutering at a young age helps to decrease the male dog's urge to roam and helps decrease the chance of him developing the habit of 'spraying' with streams of urine. Removing the testicles also eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer. Neutering also tends to make them friendlier and gentler, which makes them less prone to fighting and serious injury.

  • Fluoride Treatment

    A simple but effective way to help keep your pet's teeth strong and healthy is to request a fluoride treatment while your pet is being spayed or neutered. Fluoride foam is applied to your pet's teeth while they are under anesthesia. It is an easy and inexpensive way to help your pet stay healthy in years to come.

  • Homeagain Microchip

    This is an innovative pet retrieval system providing safe, lifelong identification for your pet, and enhances the chances of retrieving a lost pet. A tiny microchip is quickly and safely implanted in your dog. A hand held scanner can quickly identify your pet's microchip. When a lost pet is scanned, its Homeagain ID number is reported to the AKC Companion Animal Recovery Program. This database is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • Fecal Testing & Deworming

    Many intestinal parasites are zoonotic (able to be transmitted between animals and humans). If children and/or other pets are in the home, we recommend frequent fecal testing for worms and parasites (at least twice per year). Many heartworm preventatives also provide protection against the most common intestinal parasites.

  • Heartworm Testing & Preventative

    Transmitted by the bite of a mosquito, this extremely damaging parasite lives in a dog's heart or near it in major blood vessels. The parasite causes heart and lung damage. Symptoms include coughing, lethargy, and a tendency to tire easily. Heartworm is difficult to cure, but easy to prevent. A blood test is used to reveal the presence of heartworms. If heartworms are not present, your veterinarian can prescribe a monthly, oral heartworm preventative. We follow the recommendations of the American Heartworm Society which recommends year-round heartworm prevention as well as yearly testing. The heartworm test also checks your dog for several tick-borne diseases including Lyme, anaplasmosis, and ehrlichiosis.