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Welcome to Springfield Veterinary Center and congratulations on your new family member! We hope that by providing a brief overview of the future of your pet’s health, that we can simplify the transition from youngster to adult to senior. We are looking forward to keeping your new family member healthy and active throughout its life.  

Canine Health Protocol

Age

Health Needs

6 weeks

Examination and Health Assessment
DHPP Vaccination
Intestinal Parasite Screening
Begin Heartworm prevention. Continue every month year-round for life
Introduce Oral Health Care: brushing, dental treats, Oral Cleansing Gel

9 weeks

Examination and Health Assessment
DHPP Booster Vaccination.
Leptospirosis Vaccination (outdoor pets or access to stagnant water)
Bordetella Vaccination (pets who will go to boarding kennel, groomer or dog park)
Begin Flea control. Continue every month year-round for life

12 weeks

Examination and Health Assessment
DHPP Booster Vaccination
Leptospirosis Booster Vaccination (if applicable)
Bordetella Booster (if applicable)
Rabies vaccination

16 weeks

Examination and Health Assessment
DHPP Booster Vaccination
PennHIP Evaluation for Large Breed Dogs

20 weeks
(5 months)

Spay or Neuter
Large Breed spay/neuter may be delayed up to 1 year of age due to orthopedic considerations.

Continued Care for Life

Heartworm Preventative and Flea Control once monthly year-round for life
Oral Health Care:  Daily if possible. Once weekly at minimum.

1 year

Examination and Health Assessment
DHPP Vaccination
Rabies Vaccination (following the 1 year booster, this is given every 3 years)
Bordetella Booster,Leptospirosis Booster (yearly if applicable)
Intestinal Parasite Screen
Heartworm Test every 2 years (yearly if not receiving monthly heartworm preventative)

Adult Canine
(2-5 years)
 

Examination and Health Assessment each year
DHPP Booster Vaccination each year
Rabies Vaccination every 3 years
Bordetella Booster, Leptospirosis Booster (yearly if applicable)
Intestinal Parasite Screen each year

4 ½ years

Begin yearly Professional Dental Cleaning. Schedule at 6 month interval to Annual Examination

Mature Adult
(6-10 years)

Adult Canine Health Needs Plus:
Begin Yearly Preventative Health Check: CBC/Chemistry/T4 Panel
Yearly Professional Dental Cleaning at 6 month interval to Yearly Health Assessment

Senior
(10+)

Mature Adult Canine Health Needs Plus:
Physical Examination and Health Assessment every 6 months
Begin 6 month Preventative Health Check: CBC/Chemistry/T4 Panel

Feline Health Protocol

Age

Indoor Cat Health Needs

Indoor/Outdoor Cat Health Needs

6 weeks

Examination and Health Assessment
FeLV/FIV Testing
Intestinal Parasite Screening
Introduce Oral Health Care.

Same

9 weeks

Examination and Health Assessment
FVRCP Booster Vaccination
FeLV Vaccination
Begin monthly flea control

Same

12 weeks

Examination and Health Assessment
Rabies Vaccination
FVRCP Booster Vaccination
FeLV Booster Vaccination

Same

16 weeks

Examination and Health Assessment
FVRCP Booster Vaccination

Same

20 weeks
(5 months)

Spay or Neuter

Same

Continued Care for Life

Flea Control once monthly year-round for life
Daily Oral Health Care, once weekly at minimum.

Same

1 year

Examination and Health Assessment
Rabies Vaccination
FVRCP Booster Vaccination
Intestinal Parasite Screen
FeLV not required for Indoor Only Adults

Examination and Health Assessment
Rabies Vaccination
FVRCP Vaccination
Intestinal Parasite Screen
FeLV Vaccination

Adult Feline
(2-5 years)
 

Examination and Health Assessment yearly
FVRCP Vaccination every year
Rabies Vaccination every year
Intestinal Parasite Screen every 3 years
 

Examination and Health Assessment yearly
FVRCP Vaccination every year
Rabies Vaccination every year
Intestinal Parasite Screen every year
FeLV Vaccination Yearly

4 ½ years

Begin yearly Professional Dental Cleaning.
Schedule at 6 month interval to Annual Examination.

Same

Mature Adult
(6-9 years)

Examination and Health Assessment yearly
FVRCP Vaccination every  3 years
Rabies Vaccination every year
Intestinal Parasite Screen every 3 years
Yearly Preventative Health Check: CBC/Chemistry/T4

Indoor/Outdoor Adult Feline Care Plus:
Yearly Preventative Health Check: CBC/Chemistry/T4

Senior
(10+)

Mature Adult Feline Health Needs Plus:
Examination and Health Assessment every 6 months
Preventative Health Check every 6 months

Indoor/Outdoor Mature Adult Feline Care Plus:
Examination and Health Assessment every 6 months
Preventative Health Check every 6 months