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Wellness Care for Dogs

At CityVet, we know how to care for your BFF from nose to toes. From dental care to nutrition and everything in between, we’ll make coming to the vet a treat for you and your pet.

Canine Wellness Recommendations

Veterinary Exams

Regular physical exams by a veterinarian are an essential part of a proactive and preventive approach for a healthy and happy dog. Wellness checkups play a key role in the early detection of serious illnesses, especially since our pets can’t tell us when there is something wrong. Dogs age more rapidly than people and therefore changes in health status may occur more quickly. We recommend general physical exams every 6 months, especially for pets older than 5 years of age.

Core Vaccines

These immunizations are recommended for all dogs regardless of life stage or lifestyle due to factors such as the likelihood of infection, the threat posed to the pet’s health, or the risk of transmission to humans (zoonotic potential).

  • DA2PPV (Distemper, Parvo, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza) – A booster should be given 1 year after completing the initial puppy vaccines, and every 3 years thereafter.
  • Bordetella (also known as the Kennel Cough Vaccine) – This vaccine should be given annually to all dogs. This vaccine is recommended every 6 months for dogs with a higher risk of exposure, e.g. situations such as grooming, boarding, day play, and dog parks.
  • Rabies (RV) – A booster should be given 1 year after completing the initial puppy vaccine, and every 3 years thereafter, unless state, provincial or local requirements stipulate otherwise. Rabies vaccination is required by law.
  • Canine Influenza – within the previous 12 months; puppies or unvaccinated adults must have a minimum of 2 boosters (one at or after 16 weeks)

Non-Core Vaccines

These vaccines are given depending on your dog’s risk of exposure. Ask your veterinarian about the risks and benefits to determine a vaccine regimen that will provide the safest and best protection for your individual pet.

  • Leptospirosis – Given annually after the initial puppy vaccines. It should be considered for dogs who are exposed to wildlife environments like ponds, or when urban and rural wildlife share the environment with your dog.

Food / Nutrition

Your dog’s health depends on nutrition. The foods you feed your dog will have a life-long impact on overall wellbeing. We recommend feeding your dog a healthy food that is free of dyes, fillers and low-quality ingredients. Choosing a healthy food can be difficult, which is why we only carry healthy foods that our veterinarians feed their own pets.

Annual Blood Testing

Routine laboratory screening (blood testing) is recommended for all dogs as part of a comprehensive preventive health care program. In young adults normal values serve as a baseline against which changes can be measured as your dog ages and aids in early detection and management of many disease conditions. Annual health screens are especially important in senior pets and those with chronic medical conditions

Dental Care

Dental cleanings are recommended annually starting as early as 1 year of age for some small-breed dogs and 2 years of age for larger-breed dogs. Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly promotes good oral health.


We recommend that every pet be microchipped regardless of age. It can mean the difference in whether a lost pet is returned home safely. Microchipping is a simple procedure that can be done in the exam room or while under anesthesia for other procedures. Some cities require microchipping for pet registration.

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