Prolong Your Dog's Life
Bay View Veterinary Clinic provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.
Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on current industry standards and the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). We then customize our recommendations based on your dog's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.
Annual preventive care for dogs typically includes:
Annual Physical Exam
At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.
During the exam our doctors will perform a:
- Ear and Eye Examination
- Heart and Lung Analysis
- Temperature Reading
- Abdominal Palpation
- Dental Exam
- Skin & Hair Coat Exam
- Musculoskeletal Evaluation
Vaccinations based on your dog's lifestyle and/or breed. Recommended Vaccines include Rabies, Distemper and Leptospirosis. Our veterinarians may also recommend additional vaccines such as Lyme and Bordetella (Kennel Cough).
Canine Distemper (Distemper/Adenovirus/Parainfluenza/Parvovirus) is a highly contagious viral disease of dogs. It can be fatal. Canine distemper is usually transmitted through contact with respiratory secretions. But contact with fecal material and the urine of infected dogs or things they have contaminated can also cause infection.
Rabies — Warm-blooded animals can harbor the virus. The most common species in our area to be infected are coyotes, foxes, skunks, raccoons and bats. Unvaccinated domestic pets are also susceptible through saliva during a bite from an infected animal.
Leptospirosis (Lepto) is a zoonotic disease — a disease that affects both animals and people. It is spread by bacteria in the urine of infected rodents, wildlife, and pets. The leptospira organisms enter the body through mucous membranes or through a small cut or abrasion of the skin. Leptospirosis in pets and people is on the rise.
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is most commonly transmitted by the deer tick. Symptoms of Lyme disease may not appear until several months after infection. Dogs can show several different forms of the disease, but by far, the most common symptoms are a fever of between 103 and 105 degrees, lameness, lethargy, swelling in the joints, swollen lymph nodes, and loss of appetite. Signs may come and go and can mimic other conditions. Lyme disease can also cause kidney failure.
Bordetella (Kennel Cough) is a bacteria or virus that spreads through the air and infects dogs who are in proximity with other dogs. It sounds like a dry, hacking cough where your dog seems to constantly be trying to clear his throat. The cough can last up to a month. You will need to see a vet and administer antibiotics for your dog until the cough clears up. In the meantime, you will have to quarantine him from other dogs so that he does not spread the infection.
Parasite Control ProductsThese products control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.
Diagnostic TestingWe perform diagnostic testing to confirm the absence of heartworms, Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, or other internal parasites. We also do early disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam.
Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping that will benefit your dog's overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog's health.
Tips for a Successful Vet Appointment
- Bring list of questions
- Allow time to catch your pet
- Have cats in carriers and dogs leashed
- Help us remain on time by being on time
- Select a comfortable spot in the lobby
- Get all of your questions answered
- Write down any instructions we provide