Veterinary Service

Pet Wellness Care

Here at HAH we hope that your pets stay healthy and need to see us only once a year for a check-up exam and vaccination updates. During your appointment, the doctor will look in your pet’s mouth and ears, listen to his heart and lungs, palpate the abdomen, and check his skin.

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Pet Wellness Care

Our doctors recommend yearly or bi-yearly heartworm checks for dogs, even when worm preventive is routinely given once a month. If you live in the Hanover area and your dog is not protected against heartworms, it’s almost a matter of when, not if, he will get heartworms. Frontline, a topical product that kills fleas and ticks, is recommended to protect your family and pets from ticks and fleas.

In addition to vaccines, our staff will also cut your animal’s nails if you’d like, or run a fecal check to look for intestinal parasites such as hook, whip, and tapeworms.

If all is well, the doctor will administer the vaccines, which are generally:

For Dogs :

RABIES: required by law and good for one year the first time it’s given, and if updated within the next year, the next shot will be good for three years

DISTEMPER: a yearly vaccine to protect your pet from Distemper, Parvo, and Lepto; the Lepto portion may be removed if your dog is allergic

BORDETELLA: a vaccine that protects against kennel cough and is given yearly — or every six months if your dog visits a groomer or is boarded frequently

LYME DISEASE: An important vaccine to consider since Lyme disease has become a common occurrence in our area. Ask our staff or Doctors for more information on getting your dog protected.

FECAL ANALYSIS: Yearly fecal exams are important to identify intestinal parasite eggs which can cause diarrhea, weight loss, and anemia.

HEARTWORM TEST: Regular heartworm tests are important to identify those patients who may develop heartworms because of poor owner compliance or in the unlikely event that manufacturing defects may occur.

For Cats :

RABIES: required by law and good for one year the first time it’s given, and if updated within the next year, the next shot will be good for three years

DISTEMPER: a yearly vaccine that protects against Feline Distemper

FELINE LEUKEMIA: yearly vaccine for the FeLV virus that can be spread between cats through bites; a Feline Leukemia test is recommended for all cats with questionable backgrounds. Cats who roam outdoors or indoor cats who live with other cats who may wander outside should be vaccinated against feline leukemia.

FECAL ANALYSIS: Outdoor cats who may hunt are at risk for picking up a variety of intestinal parasites and should have annual fecal evaluations performed.