We perform full examination on all of our patients before vaccination. An exam is required due to the fact that vaccinations are not without their side effects, and we want to make sure animals are healthy before vaccination. At this visit, we also talk about a patient’s lifestyle, arthritis concerns, growths, weight concerns, and dental disease. We tailor a patient’s vaccination to its lifestyle, because all patients are not the same.
When puppies and kittens are born they are usually protected from infections by their mother’s milk, providing she has been regularly vaccinated. However, this protection only lasts a few weeks so they need regular vaccinations from an early age. Puppies and kittens are typically vaccinated 3-4 times at 3-4 weeks intervals with the initial vaccination happening at the age of 6-8 weeks. Your young pet should then be given a booster 12 months after their last vaccination.
when to vaccinate?
Cats should be routinely vaccinated against:
Feline viral rhinotracheitis
Feline panleukopenia virus
Dogs should be routinely vaccinated against:
Canine distemper virus
Infectious canine hepatitis.
If your cat likes to take trips outside and he is unsupervised, we recommend your cat be vaccinated against Feline leukemia.
Many of these diseases affect the respiratory tract and are very contagious so it is important to get your pets up to date on vaccines even if they only live indoors.
If your dog will be spending time in a kennel, you may want to have him vaccinated against kennel cough. This vaccine is usually given intra-nasally (into a nostril) and protects against parainfluenza virus and bordetella bronchiseptica.
Dogs travelling routinely to cottage areas or in contact with rivers, lakes or streams may also receive a leptospirosis vaccine and/or Lyme vaccine.
Cats and dogs are susceptible to a number of parasitic infections, several of which are zoonotic (possess the ability to infect people as well as animals). Parasite prevention is not only important for the health of your pet but also for the health of your family.
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The most common intestinal parasites in dogs and cats include hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms, giardia and coccidia. All of these organisms possess the ability to cause illness in your pet. Symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and poor overall condition; although parasites can affect your animal’s health long before you notice any symptoms. Additionally, roundworms, hookworms, giardia and some tapeworms are zoonotic parasites, which means that they can also infect humans. It is for these reasons that you should contact us to check on setting up a routine testing schedule and monthly preventatives.
Fleas and ticks are troublesome parasites of the skin. Flea and tick prevention is important because not only can they cause problems with the skin, but they possess the ability to transmit a number of diseases to the pet. Fortunately, there are many safe and highly effective products available through us that can treat and prevent flea and tick infestations. Regular use of one of these products can effectively prevent fleas and ticks from becoming a problem for your pet. It may be tempting to purchase an over the counter product for your pet’s protection, but be cautious since many of these products can have serious side effects if used improperly and may have limited effectiveness.
A new addition to the family is a very happy and exciting time, but it can also be a little confusing – which food to feed? Do I need insurance? Should I have my pet neutered? There are many questions to answer. Sherbourne Animal Hospital runs a free nurse clinic periodically to discuss all the topics every new pet owner needs to know. Even if you haven’t yet decided which pet is for you, give us a call and our team will be happy to give you the next schedule nurse clinic day or some advice.
Sherbourne Animal Hospital has a senior pet program that aims to carry out regular in-depth health examinations to try and pick up age-related diseases and to treat them before they become serious. Early diagnosis and preventative healthcare is the key to our hospital and can help ensure your pet fulfills its maximum life expectancy enjoying an excellent quality of life. Please do enquire for further details.
Call us or e-mail us to make an appointment for your pet’s seniors' advice.