Pet Exams and Vaccinations
We believe that annual pet exams and vaccinations are so important for every pet. At Connecticut Veterinary Center, we recommend that all of our patients come in several times per year for nose-to-tail examinations conducted by a veterinarian and vaccinations to keep them safe from disease. However, recommendations about ongoing veterinary care care may vary depending upon your pet’s life stage, physical conditions, and more. Each pet’s care is highly personal and determined as a result of their specific needs and circumstances.
We invite you to explore the information below to find out about general recommendations for different life stages.
Puppies and Kittens
When you first introduce your new pet into your home, a veterinary visit is essential. The first visit will consist of:
- A complete examination from nose-to-tail
- Diagnostic tests to check for internal parasites
- Deworming, if needed
- Initial vaccines and development of vaccine protocol for the first year of your pet’s life
- Education about your pet’s needs relating to:
- …and more
Adulthood is the most diverse life stage in a pet’s life. Because each pet is an individual, we want to see them on a regular basis so we can keep up with any physical changes. During adulthood, we’ll continue administering vaccinations based on your pet’s lifestyle and exposure to dangers. When adult pets are diagnosed with health conditions, they may require more ongoing monitoring and testing to maintain their condition. Pet exams 1-3 times per year are the norm at this life stage.
When your pet reaches their senior years, consistency of care is so important to ensure that health conditions are identified early enough for effective treatment. In this life stage, pet exams 3-5 times per year are the norm and treatment is more customized than ever before. Your pet’s specific care will be determined by your relationship with the veterinarian.