Wellness Care for Every Age and Stage





Wellness examination is a chance for us to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care, and is also an opportunity for you to discuss any concerns you may have or to ask any questions.

Your pet's yearly wellness examination at My Family Veterinary Hospital includes our commitment to:

  • Examine your pet's teeth, throat, and oral cavity

  • Check your pet's vision and examine the eyes

  • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues

  • Examine the respiratory system

  • Assess your pet's heart and evaluate cardiac function

  • Test your pet's reflexes

  • Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen

  • Inspect the skin

  • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions

  • Test to evaluate the function of internal organs and other systems

  • Assess changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, urination and bowel habits

  • Inquire as to your pet's activity level

  • Palpate the skin for unusual growth developments

  • Monitor your pet's blood count

  • Utilize laboratory testing to detect early signs of Lyme or Heart worm disease

  • Assess and evaluate general or specific changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit

  • Discuss preventive techniques with you, the pet owner

  • Collect and examine fecal samples for signs of parasitic infestation

  • Evaluate your pet for repetitive licking or biting in one area

  • Assess your pet's hair/fur and check for matting

  • Demonstrate to you, the pet owner, how to administer at-home medication

  • Engage you, the pet owner, in conversation and answer your questions and concerns


Deworming and Fecal Check

Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. We recommend regular fecal checks and deworming as the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet and your family members.

Regular Blood Testing

A complete physical should include a full blood workup. Not only can a chemistry panel and blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between regular examinations.

Flea and Tick Borne Disease

Fleas and ticks are virtually everywhere. Although they're a bigger problem in certain parts of the country and at specific times during the year, no cat or dog is completely safe from them. Fortunately, many safe and highly effective products are available. Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. Fleas can transmit tapeworms, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet's stool.

In our region, ticks can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Ehrlichia. We recommend all exposed dogs be vaccinated against Lyme Disease.

These problems can be avoided by using parasite prevention products that are available at My Family Veterinary Hospital. When used properly and according to our directions, these products are very safe and effective.

Heart worm Disease

Heart worm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease affecting dogs and cats. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite. Clinical symptoms of heart worm disease develop very slowly. Lack of energy and exercise intolerance are early symptoms, as are coughing and difficulty breathing. Because heart worm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend that your dog be tested annually. Heart worm disease prevention is simple and effective.

Here at My Family Veterinary Hospital, we not only test your pets for heart worms, but we also carry products that prevent your pet from contracting the disease.

If you would like to have your pet tested for heart worm disease, or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet from these dangerous parasites, please call (301)349-4790 today for an appointment.

If your pet does have heart worms, we can guide you in the treatment process.



We tailor vaccine protocols to your individual pet, taking into account benefits and risks as well as environment and health status.

Dr. Salazar and her team follow the guidelines set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association canine vaccination task force and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. 

Our core vaccines for healthy dogs include:

  • Distemper

  • Adenovirus

  • Parvovirus

  • Parainfluenza

  • Rabies (according to state law)

Additional vaccines
available for dogs are:

  • Leptospirosis

  • Lyme vaccine

  • Bordetella



We recommend the following vaccines for cats:

  • Calicivirus

  • Panleukopenia

  • Rhinotracheitis

  • Rabies (according to state law)

We strongly recommend feline leukemia vaccine for cats that go outdoors. Rabies vaccination is mandatory for all dogs and cats and part of our protocol for both species.

Vaccinations are not only safe and effective, they are an important and fundamental aspect of your pet's preventive healthcare plan. Diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable through vaccination. Vaccinating your pet against Rabies helps protect you and your family from this deadly disease.