An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The saying is true. Many problems are avoidable when pets are properly cared for.
EARLY PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS – On the average, our pets age seven years for every one year that we age. It is important to have a thorough physical examination by a veterinarian once a year. Gradual onset of disease in seemingly healthy pets can often go unnoticed. By the time symptoms do appear, it may be difficult and costly to diagnose and treat the ailment.
WELLNESS TESTING – Diagnostic testing is the most sensitive and accurate method of early detection of underlying health problems. Laboratory tests can be done to detect blood disorders, kidney and liver disease, diabetes, infection, thyroid disorders, and other hormonal problems. Many of these conditions can be prevented, controlled, or completely reversed if diagnosed early.
VACCINATIONS – There are many diseases which can affect dogs and cats, and in this day and age, we do not see our pets suffering from these ailments, thanks to vaccination. Our vaccination recommendation is for the core vaccines recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). The guidelines are as follows:
Canines-Distemper virus, Adenovirus 2, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza(these are all given in a combination vaccine) and Rabies virus that is required by law in our county. Other vaccinations may be recommended based on your pet’s lifestyle.
Felines-Feline distemper (viral rhinotracheitis), Calicivirus, Panleukopenia and Rabies virus. For those cats that venture outdoors, Feline Leukemia vaccination is important.
HEARTWORM PREVENTION – Both dogs and cats can suffer from this easily prevented disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Even indoor only pets can be infected with deadly heartworms. Monthly prevention is sold in both oral and topical forms. It is safe and well tolerated by both cats and dogs. (See www.knowheartworms.org for more information).
INTESTINAL PARASITES -All pets can be infected with parasites this usually happens via ingestion of contaminated soil, sand or plant life or by coming in contact with infected feces from another animal. Some parasites can also infect the pet owners as well, with children being more vulnerable to infection than adults. For more information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), visit http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets.
FLEA AND TICK PREVENTION – No one likes to see bugs on their pet’s skin. Fleas are not only the number one cause of scratching and skin infections in dogs and cats, but they are also the intermediate host for intestinal tapeworms. Ticks can transmit certain types of infectious diseases such as Lyme, Erlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, to name a few. Flea and tick prevention products are recommended to be used monthly, not after the parasites are seen!