We provide all routine wellness care for your pets including:
Comprehensive physical examinations are an important component of keeping your pet healthy. Here at Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Center, we ensure that your pet's annual exam appointment includes time for your questions or concerns. This exam, often scheduled to coincide with your pet's vaccinations, includes a careful evaluation of all body systems. These routine examinations are very important for the early detection of many diseases and the overall health of your pet. If your pet has any ongoing medical issues or if there are new findings, the doctor will discuss these with you and together you can decide if any further testing or treatments should be done.
This is also a good time to discuss diet, weight loss or gain, skin and coat condition and whether external or internal parasites are something that should be addressed.
VaccinationsFor mature cats and dogs, vaccines are a part of the annual exam. We follow vaccine manufacturers' protocol recommendations. For pets that travel or board, additional vaccines or tests may be required. Please contact our office prior to family travel. We can provide copies of your records or rabies certificates at no cost. We can also forward required documents to your boarding facility or ensure that you have the appropriate vaccines and preventative medications when travelling to areas considered at higher risk for rabies, fleas, ticks, heartworm and other concerns.
Vaccinations for Puppies and Kittens
A Special Note About Vaccinations for Puppies and Kittens
Until your puppy or kitten has been fully vaccinated, we recommend that you limit your pet's exposure to animals of unknown vaccine or health status to protect them from possibly life-threatening viral illnesses. We also recommend limiting exposure to trails and public areas where fecal material and other contaminants are commonly found.
Care During a Puppy's First Year
The "Puppy Series" of vaccines consists of visits every 2-3 weeks, starting at 6 weeks of age, and ending at 16 weeks of age. At each visit, your puppy will be examined and then vaccinated with the DA2PPL or "distemper combination" vaccine. At each visit, you will have time to discuss your puppy's development. In addition, your puppy will receive a Bordetella or kennel cough vaccine at 12 weeks of age, and the Rabies vaccine at 16 weeks of age. All three vaccines will be boostered again at one year of age.
After the booster vaccines have been given at one year, mature dogs receive the DA2PPL and Bordetella vaccines yearly and the Rabies vaccine every 3 years.
During the initial visits, we recommend that all puppies receive an oral de-wormer, and have a fecal exam performed to make sure that the de-worming was effective, as intestinal parasites can retard growth and pose health risks to humans.
Care During a Kitten's First Year
The "Kitten Series" of vaccines consists of visits every 3 weeks, starting at 6 weeks of age, and ending at 16 weeks of age. At each visit, you will have time to discuss your kitten's development. During the first 2-3 visits, your kitten will receive the FDRTC or "feline distemper" vaccine. At 12 and 16 weeks of age, your kitten will receive the FeLV, Feline
virus, vaccine. Also at the
After the booster vaccines given at one year, mature cats receive the FeLV and FDRTC yearly and the Rabies vaccine every 3 years.
Like puppies, we recommend that kittens receive two doses of a de-wormer, as well as a fecal examination to ensure elimination of intestinal parasites.
All pets can benefit from a collar and I.D. tag to help them get back home in the case of an unplanned separation. Additionally, many owners also elect to microchip their pets. A microchip is a radio frequency device that is a permanent identification for your pet. The most important aspect of your pet's microchip is the registration, which allows anyone with a microchip scanner to identify your animal and contact you for return. We use the international standard 15 digit microchip, which is the standard required for traveling to Europe and Hawaii. Microchips are also required for many other registration services, such as the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
Kearsti Backhaus holds a pup who is proudly wearing his I.D. tag.
Mason Fowler brings a newly microchipped Labrador back to the kennel.
We welcome your pet to stay with us during instances when you are unavailable, be it due to travel, house guests, medical necessities, or anything else that may come up. We provide boarding for both healthy animals and for those that require medical care.
We have boarding facilities for cats, small, and large dogs. Animals are under consistent supervision during normal business
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding
Health Certificates for Travel
A certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) or health certificate is required when traveling with your pet across state lines, or when using the ferry system, or an airline. Travel requirements are overseen by the USDA, but ultimate restrictions are based on your final destination when traveling. Each state has separate requirements for a pet to enter. Should you need a health certificate to travel, you should have your current address, destination address, and proof of current vaccination status (including serial number) for your visit, which allows your veterinarian to perform the examination to make sure that you can travel with your pet.
Travel to Hawaii or international destinations come with additional sets of restrictions. Please contact us for more information, as soon as you make your travel arrangements, as many of these visits are time-sensitive.