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The Importance of Yearly Checkups

Although you know that you need to take your puppy or kitten to the vet on a regular basis for vaccinations and other important first-year examinations, you may wonder if it is really necessary for your adult pet to have an annual checkup. Even if your dog or cat seems to be in perfect health, you still need to schedule an annual appointment with the vet so that he or she will stay healthy for years. At 5 Points Animal Hospital, we provide annual prevention and wellness care services to the pets of East Nashville, and we would like to tell you more about the importance of yearly checkups for your cat or dog.

Why Do I Need to Bring My Pet into 5 Points Animal Hospital Every Year for a Checkup?

As we get older, the importance of annual physical examinations grows each year because of the need to monitor for medical conditions that commonly develop with aging. According to Pet Health Network, the same is true for your cat and dog. Your pet needs to have a yearly checkup because even if he or she seems healthy, they could be sick without you suspecting anything is wrong. Not only can pets not talk to us to tell us if something is wrong, but animals also tend to hide signs and symptoms of disease from us.

What Can I Expect at my Pet’s Yearly Checkup With 5 Points Animal Hospital?

Your cat or dog is always in good hands with our professional veterinary staff, and we take great care to keep your pet calm and comfortable throughout the visit. We begin by giving your pet a physical examination that includes a check of his fur, skin, eyes, ears, and mouth, as well as a good look at how your pet walks and stands. After listening to his heartbeat with a stethoscope, we will check his abdomen, muscles, and lymph nodes for pain, lumps, or swelling. If your pet is in need of vaccination updates, we can take care of them. We also will take blood for important screenings to test for diseases and other issues like organ malfunction. Our goal at 5 Points Animal Hospital is to make sure your pet is as healthy as possible.

Don’t hesitate to schedule your pet’s annual checkup at 5 Points Animal Hospital. Contact us today to make an appointment with our friendly and caring veterinary staff.

Which Vaccines Do My Adult Dog Need & Why?

One of the first things you need to do when you get a new puppy is to schedule an appointment with the vet to make sure your dog gets all the necessary vaccination shots to be as protected from diseases as possible. At 5 Points Animal Hospital, we take preventive care very seriously. When you come to our full-service clinic located in the heart of East Nashville for your pup’s first shots, we will talk about each vaccine and why they are needed before they are administered. Our patients’ owners often ask us about the necessity of every vaccination shot throughout their dogs’ lives. Of course, most local and state laws require that dogs be given rabies shots annually, but not every vaccination is needed every year of your dog’s life. We would like to tell you which vaccinations your dog needs and why.

Core Vaccines

The most important of the two general groupings of vaccines, core vaccinations protect dogs from widely distributed transmittable diseases, according to the Pet Health Network. Because it can also be easily transmitted to humans, rabies vaccinations are required every year under local and state regulations. The other core vaccines will give your puppy a lifetime immunity that protects him from canine diseases including distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus.

Non-Core Vaccines

This grouping of vaccines are non core because they prevent the canine diseases that are not as widespread and easily contracted as others may be. However, since they do not provide long-term immunity, non-core vaccinations should be given annually. 5 Points Animal Hospital will make recommendations for your dog to be vaccinated based on a risk assessment that looks at the levels of local and regional incidence of each disease. These diseases include Lyme disease, leptospirosis, canine cough complex, and canine influenza. Because of the abundance of ticks in the Nashville area, we typically do recommend your dog to get a Lyme disease vaccine shot each year. Since your dog also has a possibility of encountering wildlife at a park or greenway, we do suggest an annual leptospirosis vaccination as well. If you travel a lot and board your dog when you are away, we recommend getting him vaccinated against canine cough complex since this disease can be common in those environments. As for the canine influenza vaccination, we will take a look at the risk assessment for this disease before making a recommendation.

5 Points Animal Hospital also provides a full range of vaccination services for cats, along with diagnostics, surgeries and dental care for all pets. Contact us today to schedule a wellness appointment to make sure your dog is healthy and up to date on all necessary vaccinations.

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