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Your Pet’s Foundation for Continued Health

Annual wellness exams coupled with appropriate preventive treatments can help keep your pet healthy and happy throughout every stage of life. In addition, wellness visits can help you and your pet build a relationship with your veterinarian and afford you the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you might have.

Physical Exams

At your pet’s wellness visit, your veterinarian will conduct a thorough physical exam to ensure your pet is developing properly, administer appropriate vaccines, and suggest further testing (such as bloodwork) if needed to check for underlying conditions. Your Surfside Animal Hospital doctor can also make other recommendations that may be appropriate for your pet, including microchipping, spaying/neutering, and proper nutrition.

Dog on the beach

Vaccinations

Cats and dogs as young as 6-weeks-old can be vaccinated—either during a wellness exam or at our low-cost vaccine clinic held on Saturdays and Sundays.

Core vaccines for cats:

  • FVRCP: Protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and pan leukopenia (feline distemper)
  • Rabies: Protects against the fatal rabies virus

Core vaccines for dogs:

  • DHPP: Protects your dog against distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus
  • Rabies: Protects against the fatal rabies virus

Lifestyle vaccines for pets with certain risk factors:

  • FELV: For cats at risk of contracting feline leukemia from other cats (mostly for outdoor pets)
  • Bordetella: An extremely contagious upper respiratory infection (commonly called kennel cough)
  • Lepto: Protects against the bacterial infection leptospirosis (for animals who frequent areas near bodies of water)
  • Rattlesnake bite vaccine: Reduces your dog’s risk of permanent injury in the event of a rattlesnake bite

Parasite Prevention

It never freezes in Southern California, which is great for growing plants—and fleas. Fortunately, your Surfside Animal Hospital veterinarian can suggest species-appropriate prevention for your pet.

When it comes to maintaining your pet’s health, annual checkups can build a solid foundation for ongoing wellness. Contact us today to schedule your pet's appointment.