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Personalized Primary & Wellness Care: Because Western New York’s Pets Deserve the Best

At Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center (OPVMC), we believe that every pet is unique, which is why we've crafted our health program around individualized wellness care. It's not just about routine checkups—it's about genuinely getting to know your pet and tailoring our care to meet their needs.

Through comprehensive veterinary examinations and preventive measures, we help ensure your pet enjoys a long, vibrant life. Whether it's an annual or semi-annual checkup, our experienced team will assess your pet's physical condition, evaluate any risk factors for disease, and create a customized vaccination plan.

And because we understand how busy life can be, we've got you covered with timely reminders for vaccines, preventives, and testing. Your pet's well-being is our priority, and we're committed to providing the personalized care they deserve.

Puppy Care: A Tail-Wagging Start to Life

A fluffy puppy sitting on a couch

Welcoming a new puppy into your home is exciting, and we're here to guide you through those pivotal first few months.

Initial Puppy Exam & Vaccines

From the first wellness exam to a series of carefully selected vaccines, our approach is anything but one-size-fits-all. We customize each visit to your puppy's specific needs, ensuring they receive the best care tailored to their breed, age, and individual characteristics.

Here's what we ask you to bring to the initial appointment:

  • Previous health records from the breeder or previous owner
  • Any certificates for your pet
  • A stool sample for testing

Our recommended schedule for those all-important exams and vaccinations:

  • 6-8 weeks: First checkup and vaccines
  • 10-12 weeks: Continued development tracking and necessary vaccinations
  • 12-16 weeks: Rabies
  • 14-16 weeks: More tailored vaccines as your pup grows
  • 18-20 weeks: a booster vaccine for certain breeds, if required

We'll review your pet's lifestyle and risk factors to decide the specific types of vaccines they'll need.

Kitten Care: Purr-fect Beginnings

A fluffy kitty in the grass

We’re here to get your new kitten off to a healthy start in life.

Initial Kitten Exam & Vaccines

Your kitten's first wellness exam and vaccines are the start of a personalized care journey designed to fit their unique needs.

For your first visit, here's what to bring:

  • Any previous health records from the breeder or previous owner
  • Certificates for your pet
  • A stool sample for testing

Our schedule for those essential exams and vaccinations:

  • 6-8 weeks: First checkup and vaccines
  • 10-12 weeks: Continued development tracking and necessary vaccinations
  • 12-16 weeks: Rabies
  • 14-16 weeks: More tailored vaccines as your kitten grows

We take the time to review your pet's lifestyle and any risk factors, determining the specific types of vaccines they'll benefit from most.

Lifelong Wellness Care for Your Dog and Cat Companions

Dog and cat playing in the grass

Pets are family members—lifelong companions that bring joy, comfort, and even health benefits to our lives.

OPVMC is committed to nurturing the human—animal bond with personalized care designed for your canine and feline friends.

Health & Wellness Care Tailored to Your Pet's Unique Needs

Our protocols are as diverse as our pets themselves, tailored to suit each animal's needs based on age, breed, condition, and lifestyle. Whether a large breed dog or an indoor cat, our expert team crafts personalized care plans, including:

  • Vaccinations: Specific to the needs and risks of dogs and cats.
  • Parasite Protection: Both internal and external.
  • Dental Care: Essential for healthy smiles.
  • Behavior Consultations: Promoting positive behavior.
  • Pain Management: Compassionate care for aging or ailing pets.

Life Stage Transitions: Support as Your Pet Grows and Ages

While every pet should meet with our veterinary team at least annually, puppies, kittens, senior pets, and those with compromised immune systems will likely need more frequent appointments.

Preventive Care

Personalized Vaccinations for Dogs & Cats

Vaccines are like invisible shields, guarding our pets against serious, and sometimes fatal, diseases. OPVMC creates a personalized plan for each pet, considering age, health, and lifestyle.

Vaccinating Puppies & Kittens

When they're young, puppies and kittens need extra care. Their immune systems are still developing, so we provide them with essential boosters.

We typically advise against vaccinations before eight weeks. Here's what we recommend:


  • Canine distemper / parvovirus / adenovirus: 8, 12, and 16 weeks
  • Rabies: 16 weeks


  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis / calicivirus / panleukopenia: 8, 12, and 16 weeks
  • Rabies: 16 weeks

A booster is needed around the one-year mark.

Tailored Vaccinations for Adult Pets

We know that one-size-fits-all protection isn't an option. Some vaccines are given annually as needed and include:

  • Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme Disease)
  • Canine bordetella (kennel cough)
  • Canine influenza
  • Canine leptospirosis
  • Feline leukemia

Your vet will assess your pet and tailor these and other vaccines to your pet's lifestyle.

The Need for Boosters

Think of boosters as a recharge for your pet's immune system. Over time, the initial vaccination fades, and we need to revive that protection. After the initial series, a booster is required in one year, and then we look to transition to three-year boosters where possible.

Our guidelines align with respected authorities like the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccine Task Force, AAHA/AAFP joint guidelines for cats, and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Vaccine Reactions: What You Should Know

We recommend that you schedule vaccinations when you can be with your pet afterward to keep an eye on them. Reactions are rare, but can be serious. Be sure to advise your vet of any past reactions. Side effects are usually brief, but call us immediately if anything concerns you.

Parasite Prevention and Treatment

Flea & Tick Prevention: Protecting Your Pets and Your Peace of Mind

Dog and cat sitting in window

An essential part of caring for your pet is keeping them free from the troublesome fleas and ticks that can lead to discomfort and disease.

The Threat of Tick-Borne Diseases

Ticks are opportunistic—lurking in grass, woods, and even urban areas. While many ticks are harmless, some bites can lead to the following:

  • Anemia and skin damage
  • Irritation and hypersensitivity
  • Severe diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever

If your pet shows signs of arthritis, lameness, depression, or fatigue, don’t hesitate to contact us. These symptoms could indicate a tick-borne disease, even if there's no known tick bite.

Fleas: Small Pests with a Big Impact

Fleas begin as eggs and evolve through larvae and pupae stages before reaching adulthood. This process can take anywhere from two weeks to eight months, meaning your home and pet could be re-infested just weeks after ridding them of adult fleas.

Consider this: 10 adult female fleas can become a quarter-million different life stages within a month. It’s not just about today’s fleas but tomorrow’s potential infestation.

Detecting and Winning the Battle Against Fleas & Ticks

Detection starts at home. Look for signs like quick movement on the skin or "flea dirt" that resembles black coffee grounds. If you spot even one flea or a sign of flea dirt, your home may harbor more.

We design a personalized preventive or treatment plan that tackles both the visible problem and the unseen future threats. Here's what we do:

  • Regular Examinations: At your pet's regular check-ups, we look for signs of fleas and ticks.
  • Prescription Treatments: Based on your pet’s needs, we'll recommend the best treatment or preventive measures to ensure your pet and home environment are safe from infestation.

Heartworm Prevention

These are OPVMC’s recommendations and protocols regarding heartworm prevention:


  • For the best protection, all dogs in Western New York should receive year-round heartworm preventive medication. At minimum, they should receive it from at least from June through November.
  • Dogs that routinely receive appropriate preventive medication are tested for heartworm disease at least once per year, ideally in the spring.
  • All dogs over the age of seven months should be tested annually for heartworm disease in the spring if they did not receive continuous heartworm prevention during the previous heartworm season.
  • Dogs that travel to regions of the country with longer heartworm seasons and where heartworm is more prevalent (e.g., the South) should most definitely receive year-round preventive medication.


While very rare in cats, heartworm disease has been documented and can be serious. Routine preventative heartworm medication is available for cats who spend time outside. We will discuss the risks for your cat and tailor preventative recommendations to their needs. While cats can become infected with heartworm in the same manner as dogs, they are much more resistant to infection. At the present time, the risk to Buffalo cats of heartworm infection is very low.

Tailored Nutrition for Every Stage of Life

Dog being fed fresh food

Nutritional Wellness: More Than Just Food

We perform a nutrition assessment during your pet's regular wellness visit. It's important that their diet aligns with their overall health, age, weight, and lifestyle. Here's what we focus on:

  • Understanding Your Pet’s Needs: Whether overweight, underweight, young, or senior, every pet has unique dietary needs.
  • Special Diets for Special Needs: Some conditions require specialized diets, and we can prescribe the perfect balance to support treatment plans.
  • Diet and Weight: From puppies to seniors, the right nutrition can help your pet maintain a healthy weight for optimal health.

Your pet’s nutritional needs will change as they grow and age. Here's how we adapt:

  • Young Pets: Proper nutrition and exercise are vital for developing strong bones and healthy muscles.
  • Adult and Senior Pets: Changes in metabolism and activity levels call for a tailored approach to prevent unnecessary weight gain.

You Are What You Eat: Customized Canine Diets

Dogs are diverse, and their nutritional needs reflect that diversity. Large, active dogs may thrive on commercial dry food kibble, but there’s often more to consider:

  • Special Treats: We'll help you understand how those table scraps and special treats can fit into your pet's overall diet.
  • Prescription Diets: We can identify and prescribe special diets for conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, allergies, and more.

Dietary Care for Every Pet

Whether your pet is a competitive athlete, a laid-back lap companion, or anything in between, we can tailor a nutritional plan that fits:

  • Weight Management: From overweight to underweight, we create strategies that work.
  • Pregnant or Lactating Pets: Special times call for special diets, and we know what's needed.
  • Health Conditions: Tailored diets for specific issues like bladder problems, food-based skin allergies, and gastrointestinal sensitivities.

Nutrition is a foundation for a healthy and happy life. We're here to offer advice and tailored solutions that align with your pet's unique needs.

Contact Us

Contact our office today to learn more about preventive and wellness care for your pet or to schedule an appointment.

In order to establish primary care; patients must not have been referred to OPVMC for services for current or past pets. All patient records must be received before we can schedule an initial exam. Clients will be required to pre-pay for the initial exam.