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Preventive Care for Dogs

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Preventive care is an essential part of keeping your dog happy and healthy. It will give you peace of mind and increase the odds of detecting underlying health conditions before they become advanced and expensive.

How often should my dog see a veterinarian?

At Pittsburgh Spay & Vaccination Clinic, we suggest scheduling at least one annual exam during which one of our veterinarians will review your dog’s medical history, assess their behavior, make dietary recommendations, and evaluate any known health conditions they may have.  Geriatric dogs aged 10 and over should be examined every six months because body condition and organ function can change rapidly at that age.


Vaccination against communicable diseases is one of the main factors that has contributed to our pets living a longer, healthier life that is 3-4 years longer, on average, than fifty years ago. Our vaccination protocol is tailored to the lifestyle and exposures of each pet. Other preventative procedures like testing stool, blood, and skin for evidence of internal and external parasites are key to their health. Discussions of the variety of preventative medications for intestinal worms, heartworms, ticks the many diseases they spread, and flea control are emphasized.

At your dog’s annual exam, your veterinarian will answer any questions you may have and discuss other services that could improve their overall health such as spay or neutering, microchipping, and dental care.

To schedule your dog’s annual exam, call us at (412) 798-8770 or request a dog exam appointment online.

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