There are many guidelines we use when it comes to keeping our pets healthy. The important thing to remember is that no single recommendation is appropriate for all animals. Vaccination guidelines are based on scientific research, but your pet’s lifestyle is an important factor. Optimal parasite control, including fleas, heartworms, ticks, and intestinal worms, is also based on the individual pet’s exposure. That is why we ask you so many questions during your pet’s exam. At every visit, you help us determine what is best for your animal.