Preventative Care

Here at Georgetown Veterinary Hospital, we believe that preventative medicine is crucial to maintaining your pets’ overall health and well-being. The services we provide that we recommend for dogs or cats each year are:

Physical Wellness Exam
This is a comprehensive examination by the doctor to ensure your dog or cat is healthy and no new medical concerns are detected. As with human doctors, veterinary doctors are required by law to perform this exam once a year on healthy pets in order to prescribe medications, including heartworm prevention.

Vaccinations
Rabies Vaccine – (Dogs and cats) This is the only vaccination legally required. The frequency of administration is based on age and previous vaccination history. Rabies is a fatal viral disease that attacks the central nervous system and is zoonotic (contagious to humans).

DAPP Vaccine – (Dogs) This is a combination vaccine containing Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus. It is considered a core vaccine for all puppies and is then given according to age and previous vaccination history.

Leptospirosis Vaccine – (Dogs) This is a zoonotic (contagious to humans) disease transmitted to us through our dogs from the urine of wildlife (raccoons, foxes, rodents). Georgetown is a fabulous community full of wildlife, so our doctors consider this vaccine important for all dogs.

Bordetella Vaccine – (Dogs) Bordetella is a bacteria that causes respiratory infections. This vaccine is important for dogs that go to grooming, boarding, training and dog parks.

Canine Influenza Vaccine – (Dogs) Influenza is the virus that causes the flu. This vaccine is important for dogs that go to grooming, boarding, training and dog parks. The vaccine we use protects against the strains found in central Texas.

Rattlesnake Vaccine – (Dogs) This vaccine helps to reduce the life-threatening effects of all crotalis species snakes (rattlesnakes, copperheads). You will still need to seek immediate veterinary care for your dog if bit. We only recommend this vaccine for dogs that have a high likelihood of encountering a rattlesnake.

FVRCP Vaccine – (Cats) This is a combination vaccine containing: Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. This vaccine is considered a core vaccine for all kittens and is then given according to age, lifestyle and previous vaccination history.

FeLV Vaccine – (Cats) Feline Leukemia Virus is a contagious disease transmitted by other cats. Kittens can become infected in the womb and adult cats can contract it from interactions with other cats. Our doctors recommend it for all kittens and then based on lifestyle and previous vaccination history.

Diagnostic Testing
Intestinal Parasite Screen – (Dogs and cats) We support the recommendations of the AVMA and CDC and recommend at least once a year intestinal parasite screens. Our pets (even inside pets) can contract intestinal parasites many different ways including hunting (rodents, birds, insects) and exposure to areas where other animals have been.

Heartworm Test – (Dogs yearly, cats when needed) There have been some strains of drug resistant heartworms that have developed in the US. The FDA and our doctors believe it is important to the health of your dog to ensure that the heartworm prevention you use is protecting your pet by doing a yearly check for microfilaria in their blood. If you’ve missed even one dose of prevention, your pet should be checked before starting prevention again. Click here for more information on heartworm disease.

Young Wellness Panel – (Dogs and cats) This is a baseline blood panel recommended for all dogs and cats under 6 years of age. It checks to see if all organ systems are healthy and serves as a valuable reference as your pet gets older. If you’re already wanting to have the intestinal parasite screen and heartworm test done, this would only be an additional $20.

Senior Wellness Panel – (Dogs and cats) This is a comprehensive blood panel that is recommended yearly for all dogs and cats over 6 years of age. Having bloodwork done for geriatric pets is crucial for longevity, early detection of disease and management of conditions.

Feline Leukemia/FIV Testing – (Cats) Feline leukemia and FIV are two highly contagious viral diseases that affect cats. Kittens can become infected in the womb and adult cats can contract it from interactions with other cats. Our doctors recommend testing all kittens at their first visit and then all cats that spend any time outside yearly thereafter.

Parasite Prevention
In Central Texas it is important that our pets be protected from internal and external parasites year-round. We offer several options for pet parents to keep their pets safe from the diseases that come from fleas, ticks, heartworms and intestinal parasites.

Puppy and Kitten Care
The following information is based on a puppy or kitten with no vaccine history. If your new pet has already received anything listed we would just continue from there.

Puppy Visits
Ideally, puppies should have 4 visits, starting around 6 weeks of age. Each visit will consist of various vaccines and testing and will be done with an exam by the doctor to ensure your puppy is thriving.

1st Visit (6-8 weeks) – Physical Wellness Exam
In-house Intestinal Parasite Screen
DHPP Vaccine
Bordetella Vaccine
Canine Influenza Vaccine
Free Sample of Heartgard Plus
Free Sample of Nexgard

2nd Visit (8-10 weeks) – Medical Progress Exam
DHPP Booster
Canine Influenza Booster

3rd Visit (11-13 weeks) – Medical Progress Exam
DHPP Booster
Leptospirosis Vaccine
Rabies Vaccine

4th Visit (14-16 weeks) – Medical Progress Exam
DHPP Booster
Leptospirosis Booster
Rattlesnake Vaccine (if your pet needs that. If so, it would need to be boostered 1 month later by a technician and will then be effective for 6 months.)

Kitten Visits
Similarly, kittens should have 3 visits for exams, vaccines and testing.

1st Visit (6-8 weeks) – Physical Wellness Exam
In-house Intestinal Parasite Screen
FIV/Leukemia/Heartworm Test
FVRCP Vaccine
Free Sample of Advantage Multi

2nd Visit (8-10 weeks) – Medical Progress Exam
FVRCP Booster
Leukemia Vaccine

3rd Visit (11-13 weeks) – Medical Progress Exam
FVRCP Booster
Leukemia Booster
Rabies Vaccine

Shelter Exams
We provide free wellness exams (worth $40) to newly-adopted pets from both the Georgetown Animal Shelter and the Williamson Country Regional Animal Shelter! Simply bring us the voucher they provide to you within the time frame indicated and one of our doctors will do a comprehensive physical exam at no charge. (Please keep in mind that if your new pet will need vaccines, medication or other types of treatment, those aren’t included in the free exam.)