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During a dog's young adult years, the veterinarians like to examine their canine patients once a year, just to make sure there are no signs of any disease or debilitating conditions developing. This typically corresponds with yearly vaccinations.


Adult dogs receive the same vaccines as puppies, but have a more developed immune system which has been introduced to the vaccines already, and therefore needs those vaccines less frequently. Rabies is required by law in the state of North Carolina, but only needs to be boosted every 3 years in an adult dog. Bordetella is boosted every 6 months through an intra-nasal injection. Distemper/parvo/hepatitis can be boosted once a year or once every 3 years with our alternate combo vaccine. Leptospirosis must be boosted every year as part of the one year distemper/parvo/hepatitis combo or as a separate vaccine with the 3 year distemper/parvo/hepatitis.

Parasite Prevention

As an adult, your dog needs to continue the heartworm and flea preventatives every month. We also check once every year to make sure they have not picked up any worms by running a heartworm test as well as a fecal (intestinal parasite) test.


Young adulthood is a great time to be a dog, and we want them to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle. Dogs age faster than we do, and to make sure we're doing all that we can to keep them young and fit, we recommend a Junior Wellness Panel once a year starting at about 2 years of age.

Dental Care for Your Adult Dog

Depending on an individual dog's genetics and the oral care provided by you and your family, dogs will start developing plaque buildup on their teeth and need to start having professional cleanings done every year sometime in this time period.