Adult Dog Wellness

According to published research, more than 10 percent of pets brought to veterinary clinics for checkups have some type of underlying disease or abnormality. Adult examinations are encouraged on a yearly basis.

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“...vaccinations certainly remain a medical decision and procedure that should be individualized based on the risk and lifestyle of the individual... (animal). Factors to consider include the age, breed, health status, environment, lifestyle, and travel habits of the... (animal).”
Daniel Aja, DVM, AAHA president

  • DHPP
    (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza)
    • Booster 1 year after the initial dose.
    • Booster every 3 years.
  • Rabies
    • Booster 1 year after the initial dose.
    • Booster every 3 years.
  • *Leptospirosis
    • Booster annually.
  • *Bordetella
    • Booster annually.
  • *Rattlesnake
    • Booster annually.

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Our clinic follows guidelines introduced by the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

Internal Parasites

  • If your dog will travel outside of Central Oregon:
    1. Iverhart Max should be administered every month.
    2. A fecal parasite test should be performed yearly.
    3. A heartworm test should be performed yearly.
  • If your dog will stay within Central Oregon:
    1. Iverhart Max should be administered every other month.
    2. A fecal parasite test should be performed yearly.

External Parasites

  • Use Bravecto Chews (flea and tick prevention) to help prevent fleas and ticks locally, and outside the area.

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Yes, you can teach your dog to have its teeth brushed, and we highly recommend it! Here are a few other recommendations to help keep your dog's chompers in good shape: 

Preventative Oral Care

Remember it is good to chew, and better to rinse; but it is best to brush!

Broken Teeth

Broken teeth are a very common occurrence in dogs. They can break due to trauma, or due to chewing on hard objects. After the tooth is fractured, bacteria from the mouth will gain access to the pulp (root canal) and infect the tooth. These infected teeth are painful, as anyone who has needed a root canal can attest.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a term used to describe inflammation or infection of the tissues surrounding the tooth. Accumulation of tartar and calculus on the teeth causes gum recession around the base of the tooth. Infection soon follows, and the gums recede further which exposes sensitive unprotected tooth root surfaces and bony tooth sockets Left untreated, the infection spreads deep into the tooth socket which destroys the bone. Ultimately, the tooth loosens, and may fall out.

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We suggest that you choose a food that has undergone an AAFCO feeding trial, and that is also formulated for maintenance.

RecommendationScience Diet® Healthy Advantage Adult Oral+

Redmond Veterinary Clinic recommends Science Diet Pet Foods and Prescription Diets. The company’s commitment to research, for both prescription and life stage diets, along with their strict quality control provide us with the confidence to recommend the products they produce.

Obesity Prevention is especially stressed at this stage of life.

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Redmond Veterinary Clinic offers accurate behavioral education to our clients prior to, and when, behavioral problems occur.


Although barking is a normal behavior for dogs, when it is excessive or uncontrolled it becomes unacceptable to the owners or neighbors. The principle idea is to ignore barking, and reward what you do want (quiet). A favored reward or clicker saved for quiet training can be most effective. Do not reward any barking behavior by giving attention, or by allowing the barking to be successful (e.g., allow barking indoors). Do not punish barking as this can increase anxiety, or may inadvertently serve as giving attention. Focus on teaching your dog that when it is quiet it will be rewarded. Dogs that bark to get attention should receive no attention until they are quiet or calm (e.g., by waiting and ignoring).

Storms and Fireworks

Although drugs may be useful in some cases, to be effective they must be absorbed and active in the body BEFORE any noise starts or panic begins.


Though aggression can be a normal canine behavior, aggression is a complex, serious, and dangerous behavior problem for dog owners. Since there are many different types of aggression (conflict-related, fear, possessive, protective, territorial, maternal, play, redirected, pain-induced, interdog, status-related, pathophysiological, or learned); making a diagnosis, determining the prognosis (the chances of safe and effective correction), and developing an appropriate treatment plan are usually best handled with the help of a veterinarian.

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The Doctors and Staff of Redmond Veterinary Clinic believe maintaining a well groomed animal is an extension of good overall health.  Regular grooming promotes:

  • A Vibrant Haircoat
  • A Decrease in Shedding
  • A Decrease in Skin Disease
  • A Stronger Bond with Your Pet

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Many of our adult patients go undiagnosed because we attribute the subtle changes in our dogs to “old age” or “slowing down.”

  • Dental Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Organ Dysfunction