Regular physical examinations are an important part of your pet's preventive health care. We recommend a good physical at least once a year to give the veterinarian a chance to check your dog or cat from nose to tail, making sure his or her eyes, nose, mouth, heart, lungs, abdomen, lymph nodes, coat and skin are all normal and healthy. Often a problem can be detected on a physical exam before it becomes hurtful enough to the pet to bring it to our attention, therefore allowing earlier treatment. Animals are often very good at hiding developing health problems by simply making quiet adjustments in how much they drink, or rest. This means that by the time the animal actually acts noticeably sick, a problem can be very advanced and sometimes difficult or impossible to treat effectively.
We recommend vaccinating puppies and kittens starting at 6-7 weeks of age, with a booster every 3 weeks for a total of 3 or 4 visits, depending on the animal's specific needs. There are certain core vaccines recommended for all individuals with other vaccines added depending on a specific animal's life style, age, and breed. Rabies vaccines for dogs and cats are required by law to be given by 16 weeks of age.