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Why Are Annual Vet Visits Important?

Yearly vet visits can be critical to the health and well-being of your dog.


During a yearly visit, your vet should:

  • perform a general physical exam of your pet.
  • She should run her hands over your dog, open his mouth, look in his ears etc.
  • test for heartworm, lymes and Ehrlichia
  • talk to you about any changes you’ve noticed
  • perform blood tests, if applicable
  • provide vaccinations, if applicable

Please Note: Vet teaching hospitals are now recommending a vaccine schedule of 3 years or more for many vaccines that have previously been administered yearly. You should request a 3-yr rabies vaccine for your dane, and consider moving to a 3-year schedule for all vaccines, if that.


paperclipHere is the UC Davis VMTH vaccination protocol


paperclipHere is more information from Dr Jean Dodds about vaccines


If your vet insists on yearly vaccines or on vaccinating when your dog is not feeling well, insist right back! Vaccine manufacturer guidelines specifically note that vaccines should not be given to dogs who are not well.

The 3-year protocol has been adopted by every teaching hospital in the US–this is not a revolutionary new idea and you are not taking a risk.

Also consider finding a new vet–if your vet is not aware of the new vaccine information that has been published, what else is she/he unaware of?

It is also a good idea to have a baseline of normal values for bloodwork once your dog reaches adulthood. Consider getting CBC and Superchem bloodwork completed on your adult dog. Should your dog become sick, you can use the baseline to compare values.


Looking for a vet who is knowledge about giant breed dogs and their problems?

It’s a good idea to find a vet who is familiar with giant breed dogs, or the specific breed of your dog, and has treated several giant breed dogs in the past. Your vet should be familiar with bloat, hip dysplasia, HOD, OCD, Wobbler’s Syndrome and other common problems for giant dogs. If your vet isn’t familiar with these problems and notices something amiss with your dog, he/she should be able to recommend you to a specialist for more information.


Check with the rescue for recommendations for good vets in your area OR recommend your vet to the rescue so that other giant dog owners can benefit!

Glenolden Animal Hospital

405 MacDade Blvd

Glenolden, PA



​Palmyra Animal Clinic

920 E Main St

Palmyra, PA 17078


Ludwig’s Corner Vet Hospital

915 Pottstown Pike

Chester Springs, PA 19425


Steinbach Vet Hospital

120 W Skippack Pike

Ambler, PA 19002


Quakertown Vet Clinic

2250 Old Bethlehem Pike

Quakertown, PA 18951