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Annual Exam and Vaccines for your Dog
Vaccinations are an important part of your pet's care. There are many diseases that your pet will not have a natural immunity to. The diseases that we vaccinate against can be deadly, and very costly to treat. Since each pet's environment can be different, we tailor your dog's vaccines depending on your situation.
Annual Visit and Vaccines for your dog:
Exams are important to do before any vaccines are given since an illness or disease can decrease your pet's immunity and cause the vaccine to not take the full effect. See our Exams section to find out everything that is included.
Rabies vaccines are required for all animals by law in the State of Texas. The City of Austin also has regulations that affect pets. Dogs receive an initial one year vaccine, a three-year booster the following year, and are re-vaccinated for Rabies every three years thereafter. You will receive a rabies tag that we recommend keeping on your dog's collar. We have had many happy reunions of found dogs to their owners by searching our database for the pet's rabies tag number.
Fecal (stool) Test requires a fresh stool sample we can often get from your pet while here. We add a saline solution to it, letting the solution sit with a microscope slide on top, and check for intestinal parasites by viewing the slide under the microscope. That is the fecal float test, so-called bacuse if there are any parasite eggs, they will "float" up to the surface.
The direct fecal smear does not require any saline and can help see bacteria or parasites not seen on the float test. We take about an eight of a teaspoon of feces and smear it onto a microscope slide, then view it under the microscope. We would rather get a sample that is 1 hour or so old. You can bring in a sample yourself or we can use the plastic rod (known as a fecal loop) to get a sample at your visit. Both of these test take about 10 minutes to run.
Other Vaccines to consider
Lyme Vaccine - Lyme Disease is a bacterial disease spread by ticks that can cause arthritis and other problems such as kidney disease. There is no vaccine for people yet, but we have one for dogs. Put this on your to-do list if you take your dog camping, hunting, or are in an area where ticks are a problem. The first vaccine needs to be followed by a booster injection 3 weeks later, then the protection lasts a year.