Veterinary Care for Each Age and Stage of Life

Prevention is the Best Medicine!

Because preventative care is the best means to keep your pet healthy as well as minimize the lifetime cost of care, the Veterinary Clinic of the Mineral Area has developed a series of health care schedules. These outlines for the proper wellness care of your pet focus on the areas where our doctors believe we can prevent disease as well as diagnose common problems at an early and easily treatable stage.

In all, these services represent the best and most cost-effective strategy to keep your pet healthy and happy.

Your Pet's First Year

Congratulations on the new addition to your family!

The following schedule of preventative care is designed to keep your new puppy or kitten healthy through his or her first year of life and beyond. This schedule may be modified depending on your pet's age, previous veterinary care, and other potential factors.


Kitten Vaccination and Preventative Health Schedule

Kitten Vaccination and Preventative Health Schedule6 to 8 Weeks of Age

  • Comprehensive physical exam
  • Intestinal parasite exam and treatment as necessary
  • Feline leukemia (FIV) test *
  • First FVRCP vaccine
  • Nutritional and behavioral recommendations
  • New Kitten Kit / discuss flea control

10 to 12 Weeks of Age

  • Comprehensive physical exam
  • Second FVRCP vaccine
  • First leukemia vaccine
  • Follow-up parasite control as needed
  • Heartworm and flea prevention
  • Nutritional, dental and behavioral recommendations

14 to 16 Weeks of Age

  • Comprehensive physical exam
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Third FVRCP vaccine
  • Second leukemia vaccine
  • Follow-up parasite control as needed
  • Nutritional, dental and behavioral recommendations

4 to 6 months of age

  • Pre-surgical exam
  • Pre-surgical blood work *
  • Spay or neuter - four months for females and six months for males
  • Lost pet microchip ID *
    * optional

Puppy Vaccination and Preventative Health Schedule

Puppy Vaccination and Preventative Health Schedule6 to 8 Weeks of Age

  • Comprehensive physical exam
  • Intestinal parasite exam and treatment as necessary
  • First DA2PP vaccine
  • Nutritional and Behavioral recommendations
  • Discuss heartworm and flea control

10 to 12 Weeks of Age

  • Comprehensive physical exam
  • Second DA2PP vaccine
  • First leptospirosis vaccine *
  • Bordetella vaccine *
  • Follow-up parasite control as needed
  • Nutritional, dental and behavioral recommendations

14 to 16 Weeks of Age

  • Comprehensive physical exam
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Third DA2PP vaccine
  • Second leptospirosis vaccine *
  • Follow-up parasite control as needed
  • Nutritional, dental and behavioral recommendations

5 to 6 Months of Age

  • Pre-surgical exam
  • Pre-surgical blood work *
  • Spay or neuter - four months for females, six months for males
  • Lost pet microchip ID or tattoo *

    * optional

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Veterinary Care for Adult Dogs and Cats

Senior PetThe following schedule of preventative care is designed to keep your adult dog or cat healthy through his or her first year of life and beyond.

Adult Cats – 1 through 6 Years of Age

  • Annual comprehensive physical exam
  • Intestinal parasite exam as necessary
  • Rabies vaccine
  • FVRCP vaccine
  • Flea and tick control
  • Leukemia vaccine
  • Professional dental cleanings as needed

Adult Dogs – 1 through 6 Years of Age

  • Annual comprehensive physical exam
  • Heartworm test
  • Intestinal parasite exam
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Bordetella vaccine *
  • DA2PP vaccine
  • Leptospirosis vaccine *
  • Heartworm and parasite control recommendations

Preventative Dental Care for Adult Dogs and Cats

The health of your pet's teeth depends on routine home care and regular professional scaling and polishing. Without regular care, periodontal disease, such as gingivitis, can affect the gums and the bone supporting your pet's teeth.

With advanced disease there is risk of tooth loss, which could also lead to infection spreading to the heart, liver and kidneys.

Below are just a few ways you can protect your pet's teeth and gums:

  • Brush your pet's teeth at least two to three times per week
  • Schedule routine oral examinations and dental cleanings
  • Feeding hard food may reduce plaque accumulation on the teeth
  • 80 percent of all dogs and cats over the age of 3 suffer from periodontal disease.
    * optional

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Veterinary Care for Cats and Dogs in Their Senior Years

Senior PetAs dogs and cats enter their senior years they require a bit more preventative care to keep them healthy, active and happy. The following will help you understand your older dog or cat's special veterinary needs.

Mature Cats Aged 7 Years and Older

  • Comprehensive annual exam
  • Intestinal parasite exam
  • Blood chemistry panel *
  • Complete blood count *
  • Urinalysis *
  • Rabies vaccine
  • FVRCP vaccine
  • Leukemia vaccine
  • Thyroid test *
  • Flea and tick control
  • Continued dental care

Mature Dogs Aged 7 Years and Older

  • Comprehensive annual physical exam
  • Heartworm test
  • Intestinal parasite exam
  • Blood biochemistry panel *
  • Complete blood count *
  • Urinalysis *
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Bordetella vaccine
  • DA2PP vaccine
  • Leptospirosis vaccine
  • Thyroid test *
  • Heartworm and parasite control
    * optional

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Age and Stage