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Small Animal Health & Wellness

Silver Valley Veterinary Clinic & Benewah Veterinary Clinic each provide complete wellness programs for dogs, cats and other small animals upon request. Once your pet has it's first vaccine you will receive a reminder in the mail for an annual wellness visit and the next vaccines that will be due.

The following is our protocol for basic annual health care in dogs and cats. If you do not see the information you are looking for please contact one of our clinics.

Puppies:

  • Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvo and Parainfluenza (DHLPP) vaccine should be given in a series of 3 to 4 vaccines with the first vaccine given at 6-8 weeks of age. The second DHLPP given at 10-12 weeks, the third given at 14-16 weeks and a fourth booster given by the veterinarian's discretion. After the series of puppy vaccines the DHLPP vaccine should be boostered 1 year later.
  • Dewormer given for round worms at time of 1st & 2nd vaccinations.
  • Rabies vaccine to be given at 4 months of age and boostered 1 year later.
  • Spay or Neuter recommended at 6 months.

Adult Dogs:

  • Annual Wellness Exam
  • Leptospirosis vaccine given yearly.
  • Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvo and Parainfluenza (DHLPP) vaccine  every 3 years (after initial puppy series and 1 year booster)
  • Rabies vaccine to be given every 3 years (after initial vaccine and 1 year booster)
  • Bloodwork screening and Dental cleaning as needed.

Geriatric Dogs (over 7 years):

  • Annual Wellness Exam (more frequently for those with health issues)
  • Leptospirosis vaccine given yearly.
  • Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvo and Parainfluenza (DHLPP) vaccine  every 3 years
  • Rabies vaccine every 3 years
  • Annual blood work screening (more frequently if needed)
  • Dental cleaning as needed
  • Screening radiographs as needed

Dogs of all ages may need additional tests or medications if traveling to other regions of the country or if they acquire parasites such as fleas or worms. All dogs with exposure to other dogs should be vaccinated for bordetella (also known as kennel cough). This includes dogs that frequently travel with their owners, attend obedience class, visit parks, go to be groomed or board at a hospital or boarding facility. Bordetella vaccine can be given at 8 weeks of age. If you are unsure if your dog needs bordetella or additional care, please talk to your veterinarian at the next visit.

 

Kittens:

  • Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Chlamydia, Panleukopenia (FVRCP) vaccine started at 6-8 weeks of age followed by a booster at 10-12 weeks. A third FVRCP booster may be given by the recommendation of your veterinarian depending on the kitten's age and risk factor.
  • Feline leukemia vaccine at 9 weeks (or at time of second FVRCP booster) if going outdoors. A booster for leukemia should be given 3-4 weeks later.
  • Dewormer is given for round worms at time of 1st & 2nd vaccinations.
  • Rabies vaccine to be given at 4 months and boostered 1 year later.
  • Spay or Neuter recommended at 6 months. (possibly earlier under special circumstances)

Adult Cats:

  • Annual Wellness Exam
  • Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Chlamydia, Panleukopenia (FVRCP) vaccine given yearly.
  • Leukemia vaccine given yearly (for cats going outdoors)
  • Rabies vaccine to be given every 3 years (after initial vaccine and 1 year booster)
  • Bloodwork screening and Dental cleaning as needed.
  • Cats that hunt need to be dewormed every 3-4 months.

Geriatric Cats (over 7 years):

  • Annual Wellness Exam (more frequently for those with health issues)
  • Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Chlamydia, Panleukopenia (FVRCP) vaccine given yearly.
  • Leukemia vaccine given yearly (for cats going outdoors)
  • Rabies vaccine every 3 years
  • Cats that hunt need to be dewormed every 3-4 months.
  • Annual blood work screening (more frequently if needed)
  • Dental cleaning as needed
  • Screening radiographs as needed

Cats of all ages may need additional tests or medications if traveling to other regions of the country or if they acquire parasites such as fleas or worms. If you are unsure if your cat needs additional care, please talk to your veterinarian at the next visit.