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Preventative health services are key to increasing the duration and quality of life for your pet. We offer a comprehensive line of vaccines to prevent disease. We also have flea, tick and heartworm preventative as well as routine parasite monitoring.
Vaccinations are a vital part of protecting your puppy against potentially life-threatening diseases.
Core vaccines include:
· Fatal neurologic virus that can be passed to people.
Puppies should receive a Rabies vaccine at 12 weeks of age or older. NOTE: Rabies vaccinating for dogs is required by law.
Distemper (DHPP) vaccine includes protection from the following diseases:
· Distemper – neurologic, upper respirtatory, gastrointestinal signs
· Adenovirus (hepatitis) – liver disease
· Parvovirus – vomiting and diarrheal disease
· Parainfluenza – upper respiratory disease
· Passed to dogs from wildlife, rodents or contaminated water and outdoor areas
· Kidney and liver disease
· Can be passed to people
We recommend puppies have their first distemper vaccine at 8 weeks of age followed by two additional distemper vaccines following at about 4 weeks apart. Each puppy should also receive their first Leptospirosis vaccine at 10 weeks of age followed by a booster 4 weeks later. Distemper and Leptospirosis vaccines can be given together.
Optional vaccines include:
· Transmitted by ticks
· Fever, lethargy, painful joints, kidney damage
· Kennel cough
Talk with your veterinarian to determine if these vaccinations are recommended for your pet.
Yearly Exams and Vaccination Boosters
Yearly exams are extremely important for maintaining the health and well being of your companion animal. A complete physical exam can alert the veterinarian to potential diseases that can be prevented or treated with early intervention.
· Leptospirosis, Lyme, and Bordetella vaccines are boostered annually.
· Distempter (DHPP) vaccine should be given 12 months after the puppy vaccinations and then every 3 years.
· Rabies vaccine should be given 12 months after the puppy vaccinations, and every three years after that time.
Bordetella and Lyme Vaccinations are also available. These are given yearly. Talk with your veterinarian to determine if these vaccinations are recommended for your pet.
Heartworm is a disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. A mosquito become infected by taking a blood meal from an infected dog and then taking a blood meal from your dog, it deposits a microscopic form of the heartworm into it's bloodstream. It takes 6 months from the time a dog is infected for the blood to test positive for heartworms. A blood test can be performed to determine if a dog has heartworm disease. We recommend testing your pet prior to starting a prevention program. For dogs on heartworm prevention, the test is recommended every year if the prevention is given only in the summer months, or every other year if the prevention is given all year round. We recommend year round heartworm prevention to bet protect your pet.
We recommend Heartgard Plus, a tablet given to your pet once a month, for the prevention of heartworm.
Fleas & Ticks
Fleas and ticks are parasites that can cause significant disease is your companion animal.
Fleas feed off the blood of your pet. They can cause severe itching and skin infections. In addition, fleas can carry tapeworms that can be transmitted to your pet.
Ticks also feed off the blood of your pet. Ticks can be found anywhere, but are mainly located in wooded areas or areas of tall grasses. Ticks can transmit severe diseases to your pet including: Lyme Disease, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasmosis.
Preventive products are the best way to avoid any ill effects from fleas and ticks. We recommend Vectra 3D and Frontline Plus topical products as well as a chewable form called NexGard to protect your pet from fleas and ticks.
We offer a blood test (Idexx 4DX) to detect tick borne diseases. If the test is positive for any of the diseases, a treatment plan can be discussed with the veterinarian.
There is a vaccine for Lyme Disease that is recommended for dogs with certain lifestyles (such as hunting, working, field trial, or other cases with high tick exposure). Please talk to your veterinarian to determine if your pet should get the vaccine.
Some parasites, such as roundworms and hookworms, can be spread to people.
All puppies should be dewormed and have a fecal exam to ensure they are free of intestinal parasites.
All adult dogs should have a yearly fecal exam.
All dogs should be on year round heartworm prevention such as Heartgard Plus, which also prevents against roundworms and hookworms.
Spay and Neuter
We recommend all pets not intended for breeding be spayed or neutered.
As your companion animal ages it is important to continue regular examinations. We recommend annual or semi-annual physical exams with possible blood studies. This may enable the veterinarian to detect diseases such as kidney disease, diabetes, and arthritis sooner, resulting in earlier treatment and thus a longer, healthier life for your pet.
A microchip is a form of permanent identification for your pet. A small microchip is inserted through a needle into the back of your pets' neck. The owner's information is linked to a database through the number on the microchip. A special scanner is used to identify the number. If your pet becomes lost, a microchip can help identify and locate the owners.