Your dog’s best (and longest) life begins with the basics. That means good food, regular exercise, proper grooming, and regular check-ups from the veterinarian. 

At Bliss Family Veterinarian, our comprehensive annual exams form the cornerstone of your dog’s health care. The doctor will give your dog a thorough nose-to-tail checkup to evaluate their demeanor, cardiac and lung function, skin and coat condition, internal health, oral health, and the health of their eyes and ears. Seeing your dog regularly allows us to get a thorough understanding of their overall health, so we can detect and address any changes quickly. 

Vaccinations: Keeping your dog current on their vaccines is a safe and extremely effective way to prevent many life-threatening diseases. While core vaccines like rabies, distemper, and parvo are recommended for all dogs, your dog’s particular lifestyle and risk of exposure to certain diseases might warrant additional immunizations. We’ll work with you to tailor a vaccine plan that fits the needs of your dog. 

Dental Care: Even the mightiest of chewers needs routine dental care! A dirty mouth causes more than just bad breath—dental disease can lead to systemic issues that affect the overall health of your dog. We recommend annual dental cleanings for your canine friends. Brushing your dog’s teeth at home reduces the need for more serious dental work as your dog ages, and we can show you how to do it! 

Parasite Control: Our beloved dogs can sometimes bring unwanted guests home with them in the form of nasty parasites. Keeping your dog on preventative medicines for fleas, ticks, and worms is far easier on both your dog and you than dealing with them once they’ve gotten a foothold. Some of the parasites your dog might carry are potentially transmittable to humans, which makes parasite control and regular screenings important for the health of your whole family. 

Proper Nutrition: The dog food aisle can be a confusing place—so many options! Proper nutrition is essential for your dog’s health, and we can help you determine what the best choices are for your dog and your lifestyle. 

Behavioral Evaluation: Behavioral changes in your dog should not be ignored, as they can bring more than just unwanted behaviors. Often, changes in a dog’s mood or mannerisms can be a symptom of underlying illness. Swift attention to and diagnosis of behavioral issues are vital to your dog’s overall health. 

Skin and Coat Care: Your pup’s beauty is more than just skin deep! Regular baths, grooming and nail trims are an essential part of your dog’s care. A clean and well-kept coat is important to your dog’s overall health, and skin and coat problems can also be indicators of larger health issues. 

Exercise: Just like us, regular exercise is key to maintaining good physical and mental health for your dog. But the exercise needs of a young border collie may differ quite a bit from those of a middle-aged cocker spaniel, and we can help figure out the right action plan for your dog.  

Puppies: There are few things in life as cute as a new puppy, and we at Bliss Family Veterinarian are just as excited as you are about your new furry family member! Our Puppy Wellness Program was designed to have everything you need to get to make sure your pup puts its best paw forward. Your new puppy should have their first trip to the vet as soon as possible after you bring them home, as the first few months of care are critical to a lifetime of good health. 

Senior Animals: We have a soft spot for frosty faces at Bliss Family Veterinarian, and we know that senior pets need extra care and attention! We recommend twice-yearly exams and screenings for senior dogs, as this allows us to maximize both the quantity and the quality of their life. 

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