Wellness Exams
annualexamsThe Burlington Veterinary Center is equipped to provide preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic services for your pet’s complete health care needs for every stage of their life. We believe that preventative health care is the BEST medicine.

In the past there have been many different vaccination recommendations in dogs and cats in the United States that have been based on the best available scientific information. For many years annual revaccination was considered the appropriate standard practice. However, in recent years there has been mounting evidence that annual revaccination of pets with certain vaccines is not only unnecessary but in rare cases, potentially harmful. The introduction of better vaccines and recent duration of immunity studies suggest that certain vaccines may provide more lasting immunity than previously appreciated. Leaders in the veterinary community believe the appropriateness of various vaccinations and the interval of administration are best assessed in conjunction with a complete physical examination and health evaluation. Here at the Burlington Veterinary Center we believe the health status of the individual pet and the pet’s infectious disease risks should dictate the appropriate vaccine selection. In light of the latest evidence that annual revaccination for certain pathogens is no longer scientifically justified and our desire to avoid adverse vaccine associated events.
Burlington Veterinary Center recommends the following routine immunizations for our Canine patients:

Core Vaccines:

Canine Distemper/Parvovirus/Infectious Hepatitis/Parainfluenza virus combination (modified-live or killed vaccine)

These organisms can cause severe life-threatening disease and the potential for exposure is considered high. Vaccination is highly recommended for all dogs. Recommended vaccination interval: Beginning at 8wks of age, administered at 3- 4 week intervals until the puppy is 16 weeks of age. Then boostered one year later, and administered every 5 years thereafter.

Rabies Virus (killed vaccine)

The rabies virus represents a fatal risk to infected dogs and people. Vaccination is required by law in many states (including CT.).

Recommended vaccination interval: Administered at 12+ weeks of age and again one year later then administered at 3-year intervals thereafter.

Non-core Vaccines:

Bordetellosis bacteria (avirulent live vaccine)

The risk of exposure is considered to be high especially in kennel, shelter, show and breeder groups The efficacy of the intra-nasal vaccines is considered to be moderate and adverse event rates are considered low. Administered at initial vaccination series and then annually thereafter. Recommended for dogs at high risk of exposure. Vaccination 2 weeks prior to suspect exposure is suggested.

Canine Influenza Virus (killed vaccine)

The risk of exposure is considered to be high especially in kennel, shelter, show and breeder groups. The efficacy of the vaccine is considered to be moderate and adverse event rates are considered low. Administered as an initial vaccination series repeated in 2 weeks the first year and then annually thereafter. This vaccination is recommended for dogs at high risk of exposure. Vaccination with the second vaccination in the series to be administered 2 weeks prior to suspect exposure is suggested.

Burlington Veterinary Center recommends the following routine immunizations for our Feline patients:

Core Vaccines:

Feline Panleukopenia/Rhinotracheitis/Calici virus (combination modified-live or killed vaccine)

Recommended vaccination interval: Administered at 3-4 week intervals until the kitten is 12 weeks of age then boostered one year later, then administered every 3 years thereafter. This vaccine is highly recommended for all cats. Administer only the killed vaccine to pregnant queens or immunocompromised patients.

Rabies virus (killed vaccine)

Recommended vaccination interval: Administered at 12+ weeks of age and then annually thereafter. Current rabies vaccination is required by state law.

Non-care Vaccines:

Feline Leukemia virus (recombinant vaccine)

Recommended vaccination interval: Administered at 8+ weeks of age and repeated 3 weeks later . Regarding our Feline friends recent studies have demonstrated that adult cats over 4 years of age with previous Feline Leukemia vaccination have sufficiently enhanced immunity against Feline Leukemia virus and no longer warrant annual revaccination. The BVC has elected to decrease the frequency of administration of Feline Leukemia vaccines after age 4 to once every 3 years in those cats at risk of exposure to Feline Leukemia (i.e. outdoor cats or cats visiting/interacting with other outdoor or other at risk cats).

annualexamsIn addition to immunizations, we recommend Key Diagnostic Laboratory Testing for our patients based on their relative life stages. This allows Dr Esherick and Dr. Trevino to look “inside” your four-legged family member to ensure they are just as healthy on the inside as they are on the outside.

There are many important aspects of Key Diagnostic Tests which include:


-Early disease detection and intervention can dramatically improve the outcome in treating a wide variety of different disease and conditions.

-It is the innate nature of animals to hide signs of illness. Biochemical changes found in key diagnostic testing often appear long before detectable abnormal physical exam findings.

-Our pets age more quickly than our human counterparts. Our pets age can age an equivalent of 5-10 years for each human calendar year.

-Experts in veterinary medicine and our own experiences here at the Burlington Veterinary Center have clearly demonstrated that establishing a pet's laboratory database can not only be useful in discovering abnormalities that were undetected with thorough physical examination, but can also act as baseline test values in the healthy patient that can be referred to in future visits.

Burlington Veterinary Center

 17 Covey Rd. Burlington, CT 06013 / USA  1-860-675-6009

Office hours

  • Monday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed

Emergencies

Emergencies during office hours will be seen right away. Please call ahead. After hours please contact either:

 
Veterinary Emergency Center
860.693.6992
135 Dowd Ave, Canton, CT 06019
Open 24/7/365
 
 
Avon Veterinary Emergency Referral
860.470.7456
9 Avonwood Road Avon, CT 06001
Open Mon – Thurs 5 pm–8 am
Fri 5 pm – Mon 8 am
24 Hours on Holidays

About Us

Our facility is conveniently located in Hartford County and is easy to get to by interstate highway and major state roads while maintaining its pet friendly and relaxing rural setting.