Canine Wellness

Canine Wellness

We believe that yearly wellness exams are essential for keeping your canine companion in the best shape possible. We perform a full and thorough physical exam to look for problems that you may not be aware of, such as periodontal disease, ear infections, and changes in the eyes. Listening to the heart to identify heart murmurs, palpating the abdomen and skin for masses, and evaluating the bones and joints for pain or mobility issues are all done at yearly wellness exams.

We discuss your pet’s lifestyle and discuss risk assessment to identify which vaccines your pet might need.

Yearly wellness blood screenings are recommended to establish normal baselines for your dog, as well as to identify subclinical disease. Parasite prevention products are also discussed so we can keep your dog free of heartworms, intestinal worms, fleas, and ticks. Click here to visit our client resources page to learn more.


Rabies Vaccine – We offer a one and three-year vaccine.  Required by law.  Must be given by a licensed veterinarian.  Rabies is almost always fatal to animals and people…which is bad.

DA2PPV – Distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvovirus.  One injection covers a lot!  Great news, after the pet’s first year of age, the one-year vaccine has been proven to last up to three years…which is good.

Leptospirosis – Lepto is a spiral bacteria that wildlife carry.  It is transmitted through urine and lives in wet areas outside such as puddles, birdbaths, wet grass, streams and lakes.  It causes acute kidney and liver issues and can be transmitted to pets and people.  This can also be fatal! Don’t drink the water…outside that is.

Bordetella – Protects against one pathogen of Kennel Cough.  It is required by most boarding/grooming establishments and dog parks.  We recommend it if your dog comes in contact with other dogs.

Canine Influenza – There are two strains they have vaccines for, the H3N8 and the H3N2.  We have not seen any of the H3N8 in our area, but the H3N2 has been in our area and still peaks its nasty little head up around the USA.  If not recommended by boarding/ grooming/ dog parks, we highly recommend it! Though like the human flu shot, it may not protect your pet 100%, it will help lower the severity of illness and has been known to prevent pneumonia in dogs that have contracted the flu.  Plus, if your pet is vaccinated against influenza and does become infected with the virus, the vaccine manufacturer will pay for testing and treatment!

Lyme – Ticks, those nasty little buggers!  The deer tick is the carrier of Lyme disease, which is known to cause fever, lethargy, loss of appetite and joint pain.  If your doggie spends lots of time in areas with a heavy tick population, this vaccine is a good idea.  We also recommend using flea/tick prevention regardless of whether or not your pup needs the Lyme vaccine.


St John Animal Clinic
8661 Wicker Ave.
St. John, IN 46373

For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at:

Phone: (219) 365-8531
Fax: (219) 365-1032

For emergencies please call North Center Veterinary Emergency Center (219) 881-1600


Monday 7:30 am - 8:30pm

Tuesday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Wednesday 7:30am - 8:30pm

Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Saturday 7:30am - 12:00pm

Sunday Closed