Preventative Medicine

Prevention is the best medicine.
While treating injuries and curing illness is what we strive to do, being able to keep pets from getting sick in the first place is the easiest way to keep them healthy. Including general health examinations, vaccinations and deworming, preventative medicine promotes your pet’s health and provides early detection of health conditions or illnesses so treatment can be offered sooner rather than later.

Vaccines are important to keep pets free of preventable diseases and help to reduce the spread of them. Some vaccines are only necessary in certain areas, or when you are travelling. If you aren’t sure which vaccine your pet needs, don’t hesitate to ask.

Dog Vaccinations

Cat Vaccinations

  • Core Vaccine: DA2PPV – Distemper virus, Adenovirus 2 (hepatitis), Parvovirus and Parainfluenza
  • Kennel Cough – Bordetella bronchiseptica (the bacteria that causes kennel cough)
  • Lyme – Borrelia burgdoferi (the bacteria that causes Lyme disease)
  • Rabies – Rabies virus
  • Core Vaccine: FVRCP – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis,Calicivirus, Panleukopenia
  • FeLeuk – Feline Leukemia
  • Rabies – Rabies virus

Puppies and kittens should receive vaccines at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks of age. Your appointment team will let you know what vaccines your pet can receive, and when they should get them.

Parasite prevention is just as important, and will be discussed at your appointment as well. Regular deworming and flea/tick prevention is crucial to keep parasites from living on or in our pets, and prevent the diseases they may carry. Protocols can change depending on the time of year.

We also offer customized geriatric exams for our aging pets, who may have underlying illnesses that can’t be easily detected.
Geriatric bloodwork should be done starting at the age of 7 for both cats and dogs, and can be done quickly and accurately using our in-house lab machines.

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