Wellness Care for Dogs in and Around Knoxville
At Lange Animal Hospital, our number one goal is keeping dogs healthy and happy so you can enjoy many wonderful years together. That’s why we believe so strongly in having a comprehensive wellness and preventive care plan in place for every life stage, from puppyhood to those tender golden years.
Dog Wellness Exams
When you bring your dog in for their wellness visit, we’ll conduct a comprehensive nose-to-tail examination. This exam allows us to develop a better understanding of your canine companion’s baseline health. It also allows us to more easily track changes in their health as they occur. Monitoring health changes over time is important because we’re more likely to detect diseases earlier and treat them more successfully.
Please feel free to ask any questions you have about your dog’s health during these visits, whether it’s related to diet, behavior, or training.
Additional Dog Wellness Services
Physical examinations and vaccinations are just part of the wellness services we provide. To ensure that our canine friends stay in the best health possible, we provide several other services as well, including:
- Nutritional counseling
- Behavior counseling
If you have any questions about dog wellness care and would to talk to a member of our staff, we can be reached at 865-690-6481. You can also use our online appointment request form. We look forward to seeing you and your dog soon!
Vaccines are an essential part of preventive care and are typically administered as part of your dog’s wellness visit. Similar to human vaccines, pet vaccines boost your dog’s immune system by equipping their body with disease-fighting antibodies. There are two types of vaccines: core and non-core. The core dog vaccinations that we recommend are:
- Canine Influenza (H3N2)
Non-core vaccines are those that are based on your dog’s lifestyle and risk of exposure to disease. For example, if you often leave your dog at doggy daycare while you’re at work, they’ll need to be vaccinated against a highly contagious illness called Bordetella. When you bring your dog in for their wellness exam, we’ll discuss their lifestyle with you and create a customized dog vaccination schedule based on their needs.
Canine influenza made the news in recent years due to outbreaks around the country. To ensure that your dog remains protected, we’re prepared to help by offering a vaccine series. The specific strand of the virus has been identified as H3N2 influenza, and we carry the vaccine that protects your pet against it.
Pets that spend a lot of time with other dogs in boarding facilities, dog parks, daycare centers, and dog shows are more susceptible to contracting canine influenza. Puppies and senior dogs are also at a high risk of infection. Symptoms of H3N2 influenza include:
- Nasal discharge
We highly recommend scheduling an appointment to get your dog started on the H3N2 influenza series. There is an initial vaccine and a booster which will follow three weeks afterward. Following this, your pet will need to be vaccinated annually to be protected against H3N2 influenza. Contact us today for more information, and to schedule your pet’s vaccination appointment.