Prolong Your Dog's Life

Hudson Animal Hospital 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.

Dog Exam at Hudson Animal HospitalRoutine physical examinations are the key to your pet's health. The exam helps us determine if your pet is healthy or if we suspect illness. It is what we base our recommendations on for diet, medications and diagnostics. We feel so strongly about the importance of the physical exam that, with the exception of rabies (for public health reasons), we will give no vaccines or medication without a concurrent exam.

Annual preventive care for dogs typically includes:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.

    During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccines based on your dog's lifestyle and/or breed. Core Vaccines include Rabies* and Canine Distemper. Our veterinarians may also recommend additional vaccines such as Leptospirosis, Lyme, and Bordetella (Kennel Cough).

    Rabies is a viral disease that is 100% fatal to animals including humans. All warm-blooded animals can be infected. Canine distemper vaccine protects against distemper, hepatitis (adenovirus), parainfluenza and parvovirus. These viruses are highly contagious and frequently fatal diseases of dogs. Symptoms may include discharge from the eyes and nose, pneumonia, diarrhea, muscle tremors and seizure.

    *State law requires that all pets have a current rabies vaccine. We will not provide services to any client who refuses to vaccinate their pet against rabies. We will not hospitalize or perform surgery on any pet not current on their core vaccines.

  • Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.

  • Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms or other internal parasites and early disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping that will benefit your dog's overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog's health.