Preventative Pet Care
Flea and Tick Control
Like most pet owners, you probably enjoy spending quality time with your pets both indoors and out. Don't leave them at risk for any unwelcome visits from pesky parasites like fleas and ticks. Not only can these unfriendly parasites make your pets extremely uncomfortable, they can pose grave health risks.
There are many safe and effective flea and tick control products available, and your veterinary team will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pets risk factors and health status. Once a year, it is important to discuss with your veterinarian which external pest control products are ideal for your household, based upon the everyday life of your pet.
Intestinal parasites such as hookworms and roundworms can be a troublesome concern, especially for very young animals. Internal parasites can not only harm your pet, but many can also be transferred to children and adults, making them sick as well. Most puppies/kittens are born with worms and dogs/cats remain susceptible to the harmful parasites throughout their lives. Worms live inside your pet, making the symptoms difficult to pinpoint, and are therefore detected through a fecal analysis.
If your pet does have a parasite problem, your veterinarian can provide you with different medications and treatments to remedy the problem, and steer your pet back to good health. Preventive care and prescription heartworm medication are key, because of the damages presented by intestinal parasites to both pets and people.
Vaccinating Your Pet
Vaccinations help to combat diseases by exposing the pet's immune system to inactive, or small amounts of a particular form of bacteria or virus. They are vital to the health and protection of your pet, and they serve as a preventive measure to combat viral diseases like Parvovirus, Parainfluenza virus, Distemper, Lyme, Panleukopenia, Feline Leukemia Virus and Rabies.
Vaccinations generally begin at 6-8 weeks of age, and repeat every 3-4 weeks until the series is completed. Proper and timely administration is paramount to ensure optimal protection. Vaccinations are particularly important to young animals that have immature immune systems.
Your pet's doctor will help you decide which vaccines are appropriate for your furry companion's risk factors. Vaccinations are accompanied by a veterinarian consultation and examination to make certain that your pet's condition is stable enough.