Canine Comprehensive Yearly Visit

At Marietta Animal Hospital, our comprehensive yearly visit for canines, includes a complete physical exam with history, intestinal parasite check, a heartworm/lyme/ehrlichia check, and appropriate vaccinations based on your pet’s age and health. Wellness testing is also offered during this visit (for more info on wellness testing click here). Many canines receive yearly vaccinations for Rabies, Bordetella, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Parainfluenza, and four way Leptopirosis. However three year vaccinations are also available for Rabies, Distemper, Hepatitis, and Parvo in healthy adult dogs (Bordetella and Leptopirosis are required yearly for adequate protection). Canines must be at least one and one half years of age and must have completed all their puppy vaccinations in order to begin using the three year vaccines. Our staff can discuss your options with you, if your are considering making the transition to a three year cycle for your pet. We will also take this opportunity to address, heartworm prevention, flea and tick products, shampoo, and diet with you.

Canine Distemper is a viral infection in canines, characterized by a fever, associated with a discharge from the nose and eyes, depression, and loss of appetite. Gastrointestinal and respiratory symptoms often follow due to secondary bacterial infections. Canines that recover from the initial signs may develop fatal central nervous system signs two weeks to three months after initial infection.

Risk factors: Contact with wildlife, exposure to infected nasal, ocular discharge.


Canine Parvovirus is a viral infection in canines, characterized by lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss. Secondary dehydration and generalized bacterial infection (sepsis) are common due to damage of the lining of the intestines. Aggressive treatment improves survival, but mortality rates are between ten and thirty percent.

Risk factors: Breed predisposition, exposure to infected saliva, vomit or feces, contamination of ground and facilities for many years.

Infectious Canine Hepatitis is a viral infection in canines, characterized by a fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, enlarged lymph nodes, enlarged liver and sudden collapse. Liver damage can lead to low blood sugar, protein loss and reduced clotting function. Survival rates are variable and chronic hepatitis may result.

Risk factors: Exposure to virus in saliva and feces. Virus may shed in urine up to six to nine months.

Canine Adenovirus -2 is a viral infection in canines.

Parainfluenza is a viral infection in canines.

Bordetalla bronchiseptica is a bacterial infection in canines.

All three maybe components of the syndrome called infectious tracheobronchitis (kennel cough), which is a contagious respiratory disease characterized by a fever, coughing, and may progress to pneumonia.

Risk factors: Contact with multiple canines, exposure to respiratory secretions, pre-existing airway disease.

Leptospirious is a bacterial infection in canines, characterized by inflammation of the kidneys and liver and may result in a wide variety of symptoms, including dehydration, shock, and bleeding. Many infections can be “sub-clinical”, in which an animal is infected but has no signs of the disease. This disease is zoonotic, and may be passed from animals to people by urine contamination.

Risk factors: Warm/Humid environment, exposure to rodents and wildlife, dense animal population.

Idexx 3DX Snap Test checks for Heartworms– a parasite carried by mosquitoes, that migrate to the heart and blood vessels of the lungs. Progressive damage may result in congestive heart failure, blood clots, and death. Erhlichia- a parasite transmitted disease carried by ticks that can cause a wide variety of symptoms from fever and loss of appetite to spontaneous bleeding and joint inflammation. Lyme- a parasite transmitted disease carried by ticks that often causes reoccurring joint pain due to inflammation. Complications can include kidney failure, and rarely heart and nervous system abnormalities.

Intestinal parasites commonly seen include whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, coccidia, giardia, and tapeworms. Many have the potential to be zoonotic (transmission from animals to people).