Canine Health Care Basics...
Just like humans, puppies need vaccinations to grow up healthy. At six weeks, maternal antibody levels begin to fade leaving puppies unprotected. Puppies are usually given a series of three sets of vaccinations.
Parasites are also common in puppies and can be fatal if not treated. In our area hookworms, whipworms, roundworms and tapeworms are common. Of these parasites, hookworms and roundworms can be transmitted to humans.
Heartworms are also potentially fatal parasites that live in the heart and are common in our area. During the puppy visits your doctor will recommend a safe and effective heartworm preventative.
Between four and six months your doctor will recommend spaying or neutering your pet. Spaying your female dog will stop the two-week heat cycle that occurs every six months. It will eliminate the risk of unwanted pregnancies. Spaying your female dog also greatly reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancers as well as uterine infections. Neutering your male dog will add about three years to life expectancy. It will reduce the urge to "mark." Neutering reduces the male dogs natural instinct to roam and fight. It will also reduce the risk of cancer and disease of the prostate and testes. The doctors also highly recommend placement of a microchip during the spaying/neutering of your puppy. While a microchip can be placed when a pet is awake, it may be less stressful to do while they are under anesthesia.
Certain vaccinations are recommended to be given annually and others have been approved to be given every three years. There are also annual tests that your doctor will recommend to keep your pet as healthy as possible.
Dental health is as important for pets as it is for their owners. Our doctors will make recommendations as needed for your pet.
Heartworm prevention is recommened all year long, while flea prevention is recommended all year long for most dogs.
Effective new drugs are available to relieve many common senior ailments, providing a higher quality of life for your pet. These include relief from:
Symptoms include: Difficulty or pain when lying down or getting up, limping or stiffness after exercise, lagging behind during walks, appears excited but won't join in.
Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS)
Symptoms include: Wandering aimlessly, staring into space, not recognizing familiar people, sleeping more, sleeping less at night, barking more, forgetting house training, less enthusiasm, and/or no longer greeting owners.
These "accidents" can have several causes. In most cases we can help.