Prolong Your Dog's Life

Veterinary Services of Aiken provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association. We then customize our recommendations based on your dog’s hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle

Do you know how old your pet really is?

Dog's Age  Age in Human Years
  1-20 lbs. 20-50 lbs. 50-90 lbs. 90+ lbs.
5 36 37 40 42
6 40 42 45 49
7 44 47 50 56
8 48 51 55 64
9 52 56 61 71
10 56 60 66 78
11 60 65 72 83
12 64 69 77 86
13 68 74 82 101
14 72 78 88 108
15 76 83 93 115
16 80 87 99 123
17 84 92 104  
18 88 96 109  
19 92 101 115  

 

The following is a summary of the preventive veterinary care needed for the major stages of your pet's life (puppy-adult-senior dog).

Puppy Care (6 weeks through 16 weeks)

  • Physical examination
  • Intestinal deworming
  • Depending on their monthly age, vaccines to protect against common diseases (e.g., Distemper and Parvo) at 3 to 4 week intervals
  • Kennel Cough vaccine if puppy boards, is groomed or shown for confirmation
  • Lyme vaccine if puppy has access to wooded areas, hunts/tracks, etc.
  • Rabies vaccine when 3 months of age
  • Begin heartworm prevention at the second visit (usually at 9-12 weeks old)
  • Begin flea/tick prevention at the second visit
  • Microchip
  • Spay or neuter

Adult Dog (1-7 years of age)

  • Yearly physical examination
  • Appropriate vaccinations
  • Rabies vaccination – required by South Carolina state law for every dog
  • Intestinal parasite check
  • Heartworm test and discussion of monthly prevention
  • Discussion of flea and tick prevention
  • Administration of flea/tick control
  • Dental examination with discussion of preventatives
  • Consultation on diet, weight, and/or behavior problems
  • Baseline blood panel
  • Baseline chemistry panel
  • Urinalysis

Senior Dog (8 years and older)

  • Physical examination every 6 months
  • Appropriate vaccinations for age and lifestyle
  • Rabies vaccination – required by South Carolina state law of every dog
  • Intestinal parasite test
  • Discussion of flea and tick prevention
  • Wellness blood profile (which includes chemistry, red and white blood cell count, thyroid and heartworm test)
  • Urinalysis
  • Osteoarthritis discussion
  • Eye pressure test
  • Chest and/or abdominal x-rays
  • Geriatric EKG
  • If on chronic medications (e.g., pain, heart, kidney) discussion on appropriate monitoring tests