Cedar Creek Veterinary Clinic recommends annual comprehensive physical examinations on all adult dogs. This includes weight monitoring, oral exam, ocular exam, ear exam, listening to the heart and lungs with a stethoscope, abdominal palpation, and examination of the skin and fur, looking for any lumps or growths. This is also a good time to administer any vaccinations that are due, perform their annual heartworm/tick test, run annual blood work and to run a fecal exam to check for intestinal parasites
Vaccinations are an inexpensive way to protect your pet against costly treatment or premature death. Many canine diseases can now be prevented through vaccinations. Even if always kept indoors, your dog can be exposed to viruses and bacteria carried in the air, dust, or on clothing. The vaccines that we offer for canines are Rabies, DAP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus), Leptospirosis, Lyme, Bordetella, and Canine Influenza. Boosters are needed to maintain immunity every 1-3 years.
Rabies is a fatal virus that affects the nervous system. The virus is shed in the saliva and transmitted by the bite of an infected animal. This vaccine is required by Michigan State Law, as this disease can be transmitted to people.
Distemper is a highly contagious viral disease that affects numerous body systems including the lungs, brain and spinal cord. It is especially dangerous to puppies and is often a fatal disease.
Adenovirus is a rare, but highly contagious viral disease that causes severe respiratory infections.
Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus resulting in severe dehydration, diarrhea, and vomiting. It is potentially deadly to dogs, especially puppies.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that causes kidney and/or liver disease. This disease is spread by contact of urine from infected dogs, wild rodents, raccoons, squirrels, and skunks. This disease can easily spread to other pets and humans.
Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria transmitted by the bite of an infected deer tick. The disease can cause acute arthritis, lameness, and kidney damage. Vaccination is recommended if you live or travel to wooded areas or areas with tall grasses with your dog. Lyme disease is found in almost every state in the United States.
Bordetella is one of the most common causes of kennel cough. Kennel cough is a contagious disease, causing a persistent, dry hacking cough.
Canine Influenza is caused by the canine influenza virus (CIV). It is highly contagious and easily transmitted by infected dogs to other dogs by direct contact, nasal secretions, contaminated objects, and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs. Dogs of any breed, age, sex or health status are at risk of infection if they get exposed to the virus.
Annual blood work is the cornerstone of early disease diagnosis. Health screening such as these are also critical for evaluating your pet’s vital organs and overall health. Our annual blood work includes a serum chemistry panel which is an evaluation of the chemicals produced and eliminated by your pet’s body. These help determine if vital organs are functioning properly. It also includes a complete blood count (CBC), an analysis of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. This evaluates your pet’s ability to fight infection, clot appropriately, and deliver oxygen throughout the body. Cedar Creek recommends annual blood work yearly or before a pet undergoes anesthesia.