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It is important for your canine companion to be examined throughout all life stages. Puppies, adults, and senior dogs have different medical, nutritional and behavioral needs. Our veterinarians can examine your dog and make recommendations based on your dog's age, body condition, lifestyle, and physical findings.

Find out more about each life stage!



Vaccinating your puppy is the best way to ensure you new pet is protected against the many devastating and potentially deadly viral diseases of dogs.  Most of these diseases can be life threatening to a young unvaccinated pet.  Our puppy vaccine schedule begins at 8 weeks of age and is completed at 16 weeks of age. We usually do not recommend beginning vaccines before 8 weeks of age because your puppy still has some antibodies it acquired from its mom when it was born and began nursing. Those antibodies begin to decline after 6 weeks but sometimes can still be present until 10 weeks. We begin vaccinations at 8 weeks of age to begin protection for those puppies who are no longer covered by maternal antibodies. Since maternal antibodies can interfere with vaccines, we repeat them at 12 weeks of age to ensure coverage to those puppies who still had maternal antibodies past 8 weeks old.   A typical puppy wellness/vaccine recommendation may include the following:

8 Weeks:

  • Puppy Wellness Exam 1
  • Intestinal Parasite Screening
  • DHLPP&C  1 - Distemper Combo vaccine
  • Flea & Tick Prevention

12 Weeks:

  • Puppy Wellness Exam 2
  • DHLPP&C 2- Distemper Combo vaccine
  • Lyme 1

16 Weeks:

  • Puppy Wellness Exam 3
  • DHLPP&C 3- Distemper Combo vaccine/li>
  • Lyme 2
  • Rabies - 1 year
  • Heartworm Prevention
  • Spay / Neuter appointment

 Socialization & Training

Most surrenders of pets to the SPCA and rescue groups are for behavioral problems.  Proper socialization and training are essential to having a well adjusted happy pet. Puppies have an optimal socialization period where they are better able to adapt to new stimuli (situations, people, animals, objects, etc.).  From 4 weeks to 4 months of age, your puppy is more readily able to accept new things without being fearful, the more things you can expose your puppy to, the better he or she will be at accepting new things throughout their lives. Base the exposure of your puppy to "new" places on its vaccination status!  It is never too early to start training your puppy! 


Annual Wellness Exams are an important part of keeping your adult dog healthy.  Early signs of disease can be detected and addressed before your pet becomes seriously ill.  A CEDARCREST Veterinarian will examine your pet and make recommendations based on those findings and the needs of your pet.  To minimize the frequency of certain vaccines, a vaccine titer can be performed to help determine if your pet is adequately protected. Below is an example of what many pet dogs in our area will receive on an annual basis.

  • Comprehensive Physical Exam
  • HLEA test - this is a combination blood test for Heartworm Disease, and 3 common tick borne diseases: Lyme, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma
  • Intestinal Parasite Screening - a fecal exam to check for the presence of various intestinal parasites your pet can be exposed to. 
  • DHLPP&C - Distemper Combination vaccine or vaccine titers
  • Rabies vaccine - every 3 years after the initial vaccine and a 1 year booster.
  • Lyme vaccine
  • Canine Influenza vaccine
  • Heartworm prevention
  • Flea/Tick prevention


Canine senior citizens require additional care to keep them happy and healthy for life.  As our furry friends begin to show external signs of aging, internally they are also aging.  Regular monitoring of organ function is critical to identifying age related changes inside of your pet. 

Dogs age at a much faster rate than humans. An annual physical exam for your dog is equivalent to us getting a checkup every five to seven years!  Semi-annual exams are recommended for all of our senior patients. Dogs and cats are considered seniors at age 7, so schedule a Senior visit today!

A typical Senior exam includes:

  • Comprehensive Physical Exam
  • Annual vaccines(based on lifestyle)
  • Intestinal parasite screening
  • HLEA - Heartworm, Lyme, Ehrlichia and Anaplasma test
  • CBC - Complete Blood Count
  • Chemistry Panel - Checks organ function, electrolytes, protein levels
  • T4 Blood Test - Thyroid function
  • Complete Urinalysis