Manning Veterinary Clinic

640 7th Avenue NW
Manning, AB T0H 2M0


Pet Wellness

The Foundation of Your Pet's Health   ⋅   Your Pet's Health at Every Age and Stage   ⋅   Preventative Medicine Begins at Home   ⋅   Vaccinations   ⋅   Parasite Prevention

The Foundation of Your Pet's Health

At Manning Veterinary Clinic we know a healthy pet is a happy pet. That's why we use a personalized approach to high-quality pet wellness care based on your pet's age, breed, and lifestyle. We recommend annual wellness examinations, because is the prime opportunity to detect health problems and issues in their early stages. There is a far greater likelihood these problems can be treated with less difficulty, less expense, and greater success when detected early. The veterinary team at Manning Veterinary Clinic truly believes that preventative medicine is the best medicine.

Annual wellness examinations are also Dr. McCracken's opportunity to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes with you, educate and update you on advancements in medical care, and for you to discuss any concerns of questions you have.

Your Pet's Health at Every Age and Stage

During an annual exam, Dr. McCracken will discuss with you your pet's normal behaviour, appetite and physical exercise requirements,  any changes in health, and address any concerns you may have. Dr. McCracken will complete a full physical exam to assess your pet's:

  • Assess your pet's heart and evaluate cardiac function
  • Examine your pet's respiratory system
  • Check your pet's vision and examine the eyes
  • Examine your pet's ears infection, ear mites, allergic reaction, and other related health issues
  • Inspect your pet's skin for growth developments
  • Examine your pet's teeth, throat, and oral cavity
  • Palpate your pet's abdomen & lymph nodes
  • Test your pet's reflexes
  • Palpate your pet's joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
  • Assess changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, urination, and bowel habits
  • Inquire as to your pet's activity level
  • Asses and evaluate general or specific changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
  • Discuss preventative techniques with you
  • Answer your questions and concerns

After the exam is complete, we are better able to provide you with recommendations to keep your pet as healthy as possible. 

For information on the Wellness Plans that we offer, please click here.

Preventative Medicine Begins at Home

At home, watch for subtle changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, water intake, urination and bowel habits, general attitude and activity level. Should your pet exhibit any changes or signs of potential illness, please don't wait. Call our clinic for an appointment right away.


An important part in maintaining your pet's health is to ensure they are protected against infectious diseases and parasites. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. Dr. McCracken will assist you in deciding which preventative measures are necessary for you pet and tailor your vaccine protocol based on his or her age, lifestyle, your local conditions, and any up-coming travel plans. 

Your pet's vaccine schedule is balanced to provide needed protection while not over-vaccinating. Please contact us for more information about our vaccination protocols and why they are best for your pet.

Essential Vaccines for your Adult Dog and Puppy

Distemper Vaccine (DAPv): This vaccine combination protects  against Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus.

Rabies: Rabies virus is a fatal disease that affects all warm-blooded animals (including humans!).


Bordetella ("Kennel Cough"): the bordetella bacteria is a contagious upper respiratory infection. Kennels, dog shows, or doggy daycare facilities typically require that dogs be vaccinated for this bacteria.

Essential Vaccines for your Adult Cat or Kitten

HCPCH: this vaccine combination protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, and chlamydia.

Rabies: Rabies virus is a fatal disease that affects all warm-blooded animals (including humans!).

Parasite Protection

Two of the most common types of worms in our area are roundworms and tapeworms and these digestive tract worms can trigger symptoms such as weight loss and diarrhea. If an infestation is bad enough, worms can cause intestinal irritation and/or impaction. Dr. McCracken recommends that pets are given a de-wormer every 6 months, however, depending on their lifestyle and living situation, the need for de-worming could be more or less frequent. 

Heartworm Disease: While not a concern in northern Alberta, it is a serious, life-threatening disease transmitted by mosquitos that affects dogs, and to lesser extent cats. Clinical symptoms develop slowly and include a lack of energy, exercise intolerance, coughing and difficulty breathing. We recommend testing your dog if you have traveled outside of Alberta (including southern BC, southern Saskatchewan and the continental USA) without Heartworm protection. 

Fortunately, Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective. If you would like to find out more information on how best to protect your pet from this dangerous parasite, or if you would like your pet tested for Heartworm disease, please call Manning Veterinary Clinic today for an appointment. 

Fleas & Ticks: also not as large of a concern in northern Alberta, these little parasites can pose some risks to your pet. If you travel to southern Alberta or outside of Alberta during the warmer months of the year you should brush and check your dog after being outside. If a tick is attached to your dog's skin, it needs to be carefully removed and the affected bite area washed. Please consult Dr. McCracken if you are concerned about fleas or ticks.