Canine Wellness Care

Adult Dog Preventative Care

SmartVet recommends that all dogs have an examination every year, just as people should visit their doctor and their dentist regularly.  Oftentimes your dog is due for vaccinations, but even if they are not, a pet’s health can change a lot in a year due to environment, stress, genetic conditions, and routine aging.  We are here to discuss your dog’s health, lifestyle, and behavior with you so that together we can keep your dog at their healthy best and catch emerging health problems before they become serious.

Annual Visit

An annual exam at SmartVet includes a thorough nose to tail examination, appropriate vaccinations, parasite control, and nutrition, weight and behavioral counseling. Our veterinarian will advise you on any preventive care measures you can take to help your dog live a long and healthy life. 

Physical Exam

  • Bone, Joint and Muscle Examination
  • Skin & Coat Examination
  • Heart & Lung Evaluation
  • Eye & Ear Health Examinations
  • Abdominal Examination
  • Urinary Tract and Genital Examination
  • Neurological Evaluation
  • Nutrition & Weight Assessment
  • Lifestyle & Behavior Consultation
  • Fecal exam to check for intestinal parasites
  • Bloodwork to check for heartworm & tick borne diseases 
  • Dental and Oral Cavity Examination

A thorough dental check-up is a routine part of your dog’s physical examination.  Healthy teeth and gums are directly linked to your dog’s general health and well-being.  Dental disease can lead to the spread of bacteria through the bloodstream, settling in vital organs such as the heart, kidneys, and liver and causing serious illness.

Health problems are always easier and less costly to treat when they are detected early.


There are many vaccines available to protect your dog from many diseases. Our philosophy is to tailor the vaccines we recommend for your dog to your dog’s unique lifestyle and risk.  During your annual visit, our veterinarian will discuss recommended vaccines with you and administer them as needed. It has always been our goal to recommend vaccines that are needed for individual dogs, rather than having a one-size-fits-all protocol. We do not have blanket protocol that fits all our patients. For dogs that are over 1 year of age, we recommend the 3-year vaccines for rabies and distemper. We also offer titer-check for rabies and distemper, which may eliminate the need for those vaccines. 

Please let us know if you have any questions about our vaccination policies.