Wellness Exams & Vaccines
At Dublin Animal Hospital, we believe in the importance of preventive care for your animal. Our doctors perform annual wellness exams to update each pet’s vaccines, but they also check the pet’s teeth for dental disease, examine their ears and eyes, listen for heart murmurs, run tests on a urine or feces sample, and check their bloodwork. It is vitally important to know the medical values of a pet when it is healthy so that the doctors have something to compare to when it is sick.
Typical wellness exams at Dublin take about 30 minutes. If you are a new client, we ask that you arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to fill out any needed paperwork before your appointment begins. You can fill out needed paperwork ahead of time by clicking here.
Recently Rescued Pets
If you pet was recently adopted from a rescue, shelter, or the Humane Society, please be sure to leave the pet in the car when you arrive. We will need you to come inside to fill out any needed paperwork before the appointment, and once that is done, you can bring the pet inside through the external door of Room 1. It is common for recently rescued pets to have upper respiratory tract infections, which are very contagious, so we ask that all new pets use the external door instead of walking through the lobby.
Maintaining a good quality of life is the goal for every owner with a senior pet, and we are here to help. Senior pets require more frequent geriatric care since health problems can develop quickly, like heart disease, arthritis, cataracts, diabetes, dental disease, and cancer. Dublin offers the diagnostic tests, x-rays, ultrasounds, medications, and surgeries to keep your pet healthy through their golden years.
If your pet has had her Annual Wellness Exam in the past year but needs something like a nail trim, anal gland expression, Bordetella booster, or heartworm test, one of our technicians would be happy to perform that service. We call these technician appointments, which can be made the same day. These appointments need to be called ahead and scheduled accordingly with our technician staff. Unfortunately, new pets we have not seen before need to be examined by a doctor in a scheduled wellness exam before the animal can use a technician appointment.
Diagnostics in our In-House Laboratory
We have an in-house laboratory capable of testing blood, skin, urine, and fecal samples usually within an hour.
Our in-house lab can test for:
- Feline Leukemia (FeLV)
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
- Intestinal Parasites (roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms)
- Complete Blood Counts (CBC)
Radiology & Ultrasound
Dublin has a high quality digital radiograph unit, capable of producing detailed, clear x-ray images in seconds. Digital x-ray has become the new standard in veterinary medicine because it is faster, cleaner, and easier to use than traditional film x-ray, while also producing superior image quality. The most important aspect for us is that digital x-rays can be taken very quickly, so pets don’t need to be held still on the table for long as technicians get a clear picture. Our techs and doctors can know in an instant if they need to reposition the pet for a clearer image while it is still on the table.
Heartworm Checks & Prevention
The American Heartworm Society states that heartworm disease is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. Microscopic baby heartworms are picked up by mosquitos when they bite an infected dog. Those baby worms are spread to a new dog when the mosquito feeds again.
Dublin carries Heartguard chewable medication to prevent heartworm in dogs, cats, and ferrets. While historically heartworms have not been common in Colorado, the rate of infection in the state grows every year. Dogs in the US who are rescued from Southern states have a high risk of infection, so it is especially important to have their blood tested for heartworm proteins. The American Heartworm Society recommends testing dogs every year. Your dog or cat can be tested for heartworms during a technician appointment at Dublin, which can usually be made the same day.
Required Vaccines in Colorado
Rabies Vaccine (*required for dogs, cats, and ferrets)
Rabies is a viral disease that affects the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including cats, dogs and humans. The primary way the rabies virus is transmitted to dogs and cats in the US is through a bite from a disease carrier: foxes, raccoons, skunks, and bats. There are two forms of rabies: paralytic rabies, which causes weakness and loss of coordination, and furious rabies, which is characterized by aggression and attack behavior. There is no cure for Rabies- it is almost 100% fatal. The vaccine is required every year or every 3 years.
DA2PP Vaccine (*required for dogs)
Canine distemper is a contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure. The disease is passed through direct contact with fresh urine, blood, or saliva and affects dogs and ferrets, along with certain species of wildlife, such as raccoons, wolves, foxes, and skunks. Young, unvaccinated puppies and non-immunized older dogs tend to be more susceptible to Distemper. The vaccine is required every year or every 3 years, and also vaccinates against hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvo.
FVRCP Vaccine (*required for cats)
FVRCP is an acronym for the standard cat vaccine, also called “the feline distemper vaccine”, given to cats and kittens throughout their lives as part of a preventative health program and considered, along with the Rabies vaccine, as a Core (very important) vaccine. All cats, even indoor felines who never go outdoors or interact with other cats, should still receive FVRCP shots since these diseases are airborne. One injection vaccinates against Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia.
Optional, but Recommended Vaccines
Bordetella Vaccine (*vaccine for dogs)
Bordetella (commonly called “kennel cough”) is highly contagious, easily transmitted through the air or direct contact, and resistant to destruction in the environment. It typically causes a hacking cough or gagging, as if something is stuck in the animal’s throat. The Bordetella vaccine is recommended every 6 months for pets who may come in contact with this bacterial organism (i.e., cats and dogs who come in close contact with other animals, such as in grooming facilities, boarding kennels, doggie daycare, and dog parks).
Leptospirosis Vaccine (*vaccine for dogs)
Leptospirosis, commonly called “Lepto,” is caused by a bacteria spread through soil, water, and the urine of infected animals, and if not caught early it can be deadly. Common carriers of the organism include raccoons, opossums, rodents, skunks, and dogs. Many veterinarians recommend the vaccine for dogs at risk for exposure, such as dogs that often spend time in natural areas or that have wildlife frequently in their yards.
Canine Influenza Vaccine (*vaccine for dogs)
Dogs get the flu too! Canine influenza (CIV) doesn’t affect people (or cats), but infected dogs experience symptoms such as coughing, respiratory infection, and fever. The available vaccine won’t necessarily prevent a dog from getting the flu, but it is helpful in reducing the severity of the illness should a dog become infected.
FeLV/ FIV Vaccine (*Feline Leukemia Virus/ Feline AIDs) (*vaccine for cats)
The Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is a contagious, untreatable disease in cats.
Certain social behaviors such as mutual grooming and sharing food or water bowls can spread the disease since the disease is spread through saliva. Since both FeLV and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) suppress the cat’s immune system, infected cats don’t always show symptoms, but they tend to develop clinical signs related to secondary (related) infections and certain types of cancer.