What Kind Of Vaccinations Does My Pet Need?
Vaccinations are injections of dead virus or infection particles that help your body build up immunity to that disease. Because pets are initially protected by the antibodies passed from their mother, they do not need shots until those antibodies start wearing off a few weeks into their lives.
Every pet should have blood work done yearly after they reach 3 years of age to detect illnesses before they become problems.
Heartworm tests should be done yearly on outdoor pets 6 months and older to prevent heartworm infestations. Medications such as Prevention will be given to stop heartworm infestations before they start.
Kittens need a 2-shot series. These shots are spaced 4 weeks apart, an initial shot, and then a booster, to allow the kitten to build up antibodies for the shots they have been given before another shot is distributed.
The first shot is the feline distemper vaccination (FVRCPC), followed by the feline leukemis (FeLV) vaccination after 9 weeks of age, and the rabies vaccination after the kitten is 12 weeks old. Booster shots for each of these vaccinations will follow 4 weeks later.
Does My Pet Need To Have Their Teeth Cleaned?
Tooth decay and periodontal disease is just as threatening to animals as it is to people. Untreated tooth decay often leads to bad breath, tooth loss, and serious infections. The heart, kidneys, and liver can be weakened over time by the constant addition of bacteria to their bloodstream.
Periodontal disease can be prevented by feeding a proper diet, and having regular dental exams and cleanings. Call us today to schedule your pet's dental cleaning!
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What Is “Heat” And How Do I Know My Pet Is In Heat?
“Heat” is the period when your female dog
or cat is available for mating.
The signs of heat in cats are distinct:
If she doesn’t mate, she will go back into this state continuously for 5 to 14 days every 2 to 3 weeks until she is bred or spayed. This means you can’t just ignore your cat’s heat cycle hoping it will go away.
It is best to spay your cat at a young age, at about 5½ to 6 months of age to prevent the discomfort of the heat cycle, and to prevent unwanted kittens.
Spayed cats also have fewer health problems than unspayed
The signs of heat in dogs are distinct:
If a dog is not mated when in heat, she will finish the heat cycle (length varies from dog to dog), and go back into heat approximately four months later.
It is best to spay a dog when she is not in heat (6 months of age for small dogs, 10 months of age for large breeds).
Like cats, a spayed dog may have fewer health
problems, and be less trouble for the owner.