vaccinations & wellness
Routine vaccinations are an important way to help protect your pet from many preventable diseases. We will tailor a vaccination program to fit your pet’s life style and residence. We offer the following:
- DHPP (Distemper-Adenovirus, Type 2 Parainfluenza and Parvo)
- Bordetella (kennel cough)
- Influenza (Canine H3N8)
- Rattlesnake Vaccine
- Lyme Vaccine
- FVRCP (Rhinotracheitis-Calici-Panleukopenia-Chlamydia Psittaci)
- Felv (feline Leukemia)
Spay and Neuter
Spay = Ovariohysterectomy (female procedure, recommended at 6 months of age)
Neuter = Castration or “Alter” (male procedure, recommended at 8 months of age)
There are many important reasons to spay or neuter your dog or cat:
- Unspayed females are at higher risk for mammary tumors and uterine infection (pyometra)
- Female dogs and cats never completely stop going into heat, so there are potential problems of pregnancy at an advanced age
- Uncastrated males can develop behavior problems that make them less desirable companions:
Urinating in the house or spraying on the furniture
Mounting people or objects
- By spaying and neutering our pets, we can all help to reduce the overpopulation of dogs and cats
Parasite Prevention and Testing
There are many common dog and cat parasites that can pose a threat to your pets year-round!
We recommend annual fecal testing (to check for intestinal worms) for all our dog and cat patients, as well as annual heartworm tests for dogs. We also recommend year-round parasite protection for all patients.
Even indoor cats should be treated preventatively because the outdoors can get tracked indoors on our clothes and shoes, and by our dogs and other pets. Parasite prevention is easy with once-a-month chewable
tablets and/or topical treatments. If your pet is not already on a prevention program, ask us how to get started today!
- Fleas –They bite animals and people alike! They can lead to anemia, dermatitis and tapeworm infections
- Roundworms - Common symptoms: diarrhea, anemia, dehydration, weight loss
- Hookworms - Attach to the intestinal lining, creating bleeding internal wounds
- Whipworms - An intestinal parasite whose eggs can survive for years in the soil, re-infecting your pet even after successful treatment!
- Heartworms - Live in the heart and lungs and can be life-threatening!
- Ear Mites - Mites live in an infected cat’s ears, feeding off the ear lining, causing intense scratching and/or head shaking
We recommend an annual wellness exam for our dog and cat patients so that we can help maintain their
optimal health. As our patients age into seniors (7 years and older) their bodies change at a faster rate, so
a wellness exam every 6 months is ideal to help keep them healthy and happy, and to identify early any
conditions that may require medical management or diet change (arthritis, kidney or heart disease, etc).