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Canine lifestages

 Stage  Definition
 Puppy  0-1 year old
 Junior/Adult  1-6 years old
 Senior  7+ year old

Things to review, discuss and check at your dog's next veterinary appointment.

 All  Puppy  Junior/Adult  Senior
 General Thorough physical exam, microchip, grooming advice, consult about medications or supplements Evaluate congenital disorders Evaluate congenital disorders, address special needs for lifestyle Evaluate congenital disorders, preventative testing
 Environment Exercise, mental stimulation, family unit, toxins, hazards, in and outdoor safety, confinement, sanitation, infectious disease risk assessment Discuss and emphasize daily exercise needs appropriate to age, Increased awareness of hazards during this age Discuss and emphasize daily exercise needs appropriate to age Discuss and emphasize daily exercise needs appropriate to age, Evaluate necessary environmental changes for mobility, sight, and hearing
 Behavior Discuss good and bad behavior, behavioral modifications Socialization, obedience classes, benefits of crate training, housetraining, bite inhibition, safety, grooming needs Address inappropriate behavior, discuss continued training for behavior, socialization, well being and bonding Cognitive evaluation
 Nutrition Diet should be recommended based on individual needs Feed a "puppy" diet, establish a feeding schedule and watering habits Evaluate feeding schedule, food choice and amount, monitor weight Evaluate feeding schedule, food choice and amount, monitor weight
 Parasite Control Internal and External Parasite Control year round Discuss prevalence of parasite in puppies and their zoonotic potential, fecal testing and deworming Fecal tests at least once a year, more if lifestyle dictates Fecal tests at least once a year, more if lifestyle dictates
 Vaccinations Discuss core vaccines vs. titers, evaluate risk assessment and give non-core vaccines as needed Core vaccines given 4 times, three weeks apart until 16 weeks old Continue core and necessary non-core vaccinations based on current guidelines Continue core and necessary non-core vaccinations based on current guidelines
 Dentistry Perform oral exam, discuss home dental care Evaluate baby teeth, evaluate permanent teeth as they erupt, discuss breed specific oral health concerns, discuss appropriate chew toys and home care Increase frequency of oral health exams, schedule professional cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian Increase frequency of oral health exams, schedule professional cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian
 Reproduction Examine genitalia of intact animals, verify spay/neuter status Discuss spay and neuter, discuss breeding For intact animals: discuss appropriate breeding ages and frequency, genetic counseling, hazards of roaming, continued examinations of genitalia (prostate, testes, mammary glands) For intact animals: discuss appropriate breeding ages and frequency, genetic counseling, hazards of roaming, continued examinations of genitalia (prostate, testes, mammary glands)
Breed Specific Screening Consider screening for genetic disorders/disease that occur more commonly in certain breeds Discuss inherited disorders for all dogs based on breed, especially if breeding is a consideration Discuss inherited disorders for all dogs based on breed, especially if breeding is a consideration Discuss inherited disorders for all dogs based on breed, especially if breeding is a consideration

What tests should my dog receive?

Puppy Junior/Adult Senior 
 Fecal Testing Yes Yes Yes 
 Tick-borne Diseases As needed based on lifestyle As needed based on lifestyle As needed based on lifestyle
 Heartworm Test  No Yes Yes 
 Complete Blood Count (CBC) Yes, pre-surgical (spay/neuter) Yes Yes
 Blood Chemistry Screen Yes, pre-surgical (spay/neuter) Yes Yes
 Urinalysis  Yes, pre-surgical (spay/neuter) Yes Yes 
 

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The dental care process for my dog CoCo was AMAZING! This was the first oral check up for CoCo and the staff was to great about explaining everything to me. They kept me 'in the loop' on all they were doing and how CoCo was handling the process. They truly care about my dog and I couldn't be more appreciative.

Dani C.
Omaha, NE

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