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Question When you take your pup to the vet for a well visit?

What are the standard tests that should be done.
I had Duncan there not too long ago and all checked out well.We started the Frontline early this year because it warmed up quickly and we travel upstate frequently.
About a week after the last vet visit I asked about restarting the heart worm and the receptionist asked if he had a heart worm test done,and I said I wasn't sure,can she please check.
So after checking she said the one of the doctors noted in Duncan's chart that he should be tested for heartworm,but the last time I was there he wasn't. I guess the last vet that looked at Duncan maybe didn't see the note in the chart.
So now I have to go back and get charged for another visit.
So my question,do dogs need to have a heartworm test annually?I'm sorry if this sounds silly but I am a first time dog owner.
What other tests need to be done annually?
He is up to date on all his vaccines,but can anyone tell me when and if certain vaccines need boosters??
THanks for you help!

Dot & Duncan
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If Duncan hasn't been on heartworm meds continuously, or if there is any chance you were late giving him one of his meds, it is safer to have the heartworm test done. Your vet shouldn't need to charge you for just doing the blood draw. I would think they could have you come in and have the vet tech just draw the blood since you aren't going in for a full exam again.

One other thing to have checked annually should be the patellas. Your vet should be able to just do a manual exam to ensure they are not luxating.

Vaccines: I don't do them annually, so I can't advise you there. I just keep up on Rabies since it is required by law and do titers for the others when there is a concern. My veterinarian is conservative with vaccines and I appreciate that.
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