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Adult Dog Preventative Care Plan

wellness_adult_dog_daisy.pngAdult stage of life is a continuation from the puppy stages.  Dogs age at different rates, the bigger the dog, the faster the dog ages.  Refer to the Senior Program for age comparisons to humans.  Dogs in this age group need to continue heartworm preventative and testing, checking for intestinal parasites, vaccinations and treatment for ticks.

Dogs need to be maintained on a good nutritional diet, we recommend Royal Canin Control formula.  The age to switch to the adult formula varies between breeds.  Call our staff with any of your questions.

Coccidiomycosis (valley fever) is a problem that is found in the Southwest.  There is no vaccine and prevention is the only method to avoid valley fever.  The organism is a fungus that lives in the ground.  Dust storms, heavy rains, construction and digging increase risks of valley fever. Clinical signs in dogs most commonly involve limping and or coughing. Other signs include but are not limited to skin lesions, neurological problems including seizures, anorexia, etc.  If you suspect your dog has valley fever, please make an appointment with our staff.

Dentals

Tartar and gingivitis can cause tooth decay, infection and pain.  Brushing your dog's teeth will slow the process of tarter build- up, but will not stop it.  Dogs need a regular dental check-up and cleaning depending on the amount of tartar build-up in the mouth.  The teeth will be evaluated with every exam or annual visit.

Adult dogs do not typically develop many problems and this age group is when they become bonded to our activities and become our irreplaceable companion.  Desert Hills Animal Clinics goal is to keep your companion happy and healthy to enjoy a long life.  Please call Desert Hills Animal Clinic for your regular appointments 623-581-1558.

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