Canine Health Care Basics...
Just like humans, puppies need vaccinations to prevent life-threatening diseases. At six weeks, maternal antibody levels begin to fade, leaving puppies unprotected. Puppies are usually given a series of three sets of vaccinations within their first 6 months of life.
Parasites are also common in puppies and can be fatal if not treated. In our area, hookworms, whipworms, roundworms and tapeworms are common intestinal parasites. These organisms are potentially transmittable to humans.
Heartworms are also potentially fatal parasites that live in the heart. They are transmitted by mosquitoes 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 heats that occur each 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 his life expectancy. Neutering reduces the male dogs natural instinct to roam, fight and mark. It will also reduce the risk of cancer and disease of the prostate and testes.
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 recommended all year long, while flea prevention is recommended all year long to most dogs.
Patients should continue their adult vaccines throughout their life, as well as heartworm and flea and tick preventative. We also offer several supplements and vitamins to aid your pet through the process of aging. Effective new drugs are available to relieve many common senior ailments, providing a higher quality of life for your pet. These include relief from: Arthritis
*Please see our "geriatrics" tab for more information about how to keep your pet happy and healthy during their senior years.*