The health of your pet can change rapidly as he or she ages, and changes often go unnoticed. Early detection and the intervention can lead to longer and healthier lives. Your pet is considered a “senior” at the age of 7 years old. The program described below establishes baseline blood work, urine values and identifies existing health problems that your pet may have. In addition to these tests, other tests may be recommended such as Felv/Fiv, Heartworm, tick-borne disease titers, full thyroid panel, ecg, x-rays, ultrasound, etc.
As summer approaches, don’t forget to get your pet heartworm tested. Heartworm is a disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. The disease can invade the heart and lungs, causing your pet to become very ill and possibly die without the proper treatment. the American Heartworm Association recommends a heartworm check yearly as well as 9 to 12 months of heartworm preventative. Parvo is on the rise this year at an alarming rate and can be prevented with the recommended series of vaccines. Puppies 8 and 10 weeks and older require 3 sets of the DHPP vaccine to be fully protected against this often fatal disease. Keep your puppy indoors and limit any exposure t other dogs until he/she is fully vaccinated to avoid any exposure to the Parvo disease .Kittens as well require a series of vaccines to keep them fully protected.
RCP (Distemper) vaccine should be given at 10 weeks and older and require 3 sets and 2 sets of ( FELV) feline Leukemia to be fully protected against illness. Both dogs /cats can receive Rabies Vaccination at the age of 4 months. It is our goal to keep your pet safe, and prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory infections.
Protect your pet from diseases by vaccinations of all animal diseases; rabies is probably the most feared. The rabies virus attacks the brain and is always fatal. Most pets are exposed to rabies from wild animals particularly skunks, raccoons, bats, foxes. The disease can be transmitted to humans through the bite or scratch of an infected pet. Vaccination of all dogs and cats is the most effective means of control.
The Wellness Program Includes:
Full physical exam: To detect dental disease, eye disease, lymph node size, skin disease, heart disease, ectoparasites, abdominal organ palpation, and arthritis just to mention a few.
Complete Urinalysis: This can detect things such us kidney disease, diabetes , and urinary tract infections.
Intestinal parasites/Fecal Exam: This detects intestinal parasites eggs including round worms, whipworms, hookworms, coccidia, etc.
CBC/Chemistry profile (blood work): This is extensive blood work that evaluates kidney, liver, pancreas, bone marrow, electrolytes, etc.
T4 or thyroid check: The T4 is one measurement of thyroid function and is important in diagnosis hypothyroidism in dogs and hyperthyroidism in cats.
ERD urine screen: which detects very early damage to the kidneys via a small urine sample before illness and blood work changes.
Intraocular pressure measurements/ Glaucoma testing: Glaucoma causes blindness and pain but early detection of eye pressure changes can result in diseases control and continued sight
Canine Adenovirus: Type 1 and Type 2 Canine Adenovirus Type 1 infection.
Canine Borreloisis: Also known as lyme disease, this is an infection caused by a bacteria which is spread primarily by the painless bite of an infected tick. Symptoms of Borreloisis include fever, lethargy, muscle stiffness, depression and lack of appetite. In more severe cases, lameness occurs as a result of severe musculoskeletal or arthritic type joint pain.
Canine Corona Virus (CCV): Corona virus is highly contagious and can weaken dogs by causing severe diarrhea and vomiting. The disease is sometimes confused with parvovirus. The two diseases may occur simultaneously in which case symptoms are more severe.
Canine Distemper: This highly contagious viral disease is found wherever dogs are found. It affects respiratory and the nervous system and is often fatal. Primary vaccination should begin at 6-12 weeks of age since dogs often contract the disease at an early age.
Canine Para Influenza: The viral respiratory disease is often partly responsible for ”kennel cough” in dogs. Infection can be severe in young puppies. Para influenza protection is often included in distemper-parvo vaccines.
Canine Parvo Virus (CPV): This contagious viral disease usually causes severe diarrhea and vomiting in dogs of all ages but is especially deadly in puppies.
Feline Calicivirus: Calicivirus infection causes a variety of symptoms including, fever, excess salivation and mouth or tongue ulcers. It is usually less fatal than rhinotracheiitis and panaleuopenia.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP): FIP is a disease caused by coronavirus. The virus is spread by direct cat to cat contact or with contaminated surfaces. There are 2 manifestations of the disease, wet and dry and both nonspecific symptoms such as: intermittent appetite, depression, rough hair coat, or weight fever. There is no cure and the disease in considered fatal.
Feline Leukemia: Feline Leukemia is a form of cancer in cats which is usually fatal. The disease, caused by a virus can lead to tumor growth nearly anywhere in the body as well as a variety of other symptoms. Infected cats are unable to resist other diseases and may die from associated infections.
Feline Panleukopenia: Feline Panleukopenia, sometimes called “feline Distemper,” causes severe vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. It is the most widespread disease of cats and causes high death loss especially among kittens. The disease is caused by a virus and is highly contagious.
Feline Pneumonitis: This is a respiratory infection with symptoms resembling rhinotracheiitis. The disease is caused by a chlamydia psittaci and can be completed by associated bacterial infections.
Feline Rhinotracheitis: Feline Rhinotracheitis infection is a widespread respiratory disease caused by a virus. It is mostly found in small kittens and can cause profuse discharge from the eyes and nose.
Leptospirosis: This is shed in urine, affects the liver and kidneys, and may cause death. This can be passed to humans. All dogs should get this vaccine starting at 12 weeks; one booster in weeks, then annually 2-4 weeks, then annually thereafter.