Maintaining Pet Wellness is the central goal of every veterinary practice. Regular health exams, testing, and protecting the pet population with vaccines are essential components of Pet Wellness. Veterinarians can identify potential health concerns that are not yet affecting your pet during physical exams. This allows a treatment plan to be made in advance of the onset of illness.
Tests such as heartworm tests and fecal exams alert us to the presence of internal parasites that can have significant effects on pet health. Heartworm disease is a life threatening disease that is very common in Florida due to the high number of mosquitoes. It is very important to keep your dog or cat on heartworm preventative and stay up-to-date on heartworm testing.
Core Vaccines for dogs are Rabies and Distemper/Adenovirus-2/Parvovirus/Parainfluenza combination vaccines. These prevent diseases that are common, highly fatal, or contagious to humans and every dog should be current on these vaccines.
Additional Vaccines for dogs may be warranted depending on their exposure and risk level. Most boarding facilities require that dogs be vaccinated against Bordetella Bronchiseptica and H3N8 Canine Influenza as these are highly contagious diseases that commonly occur in unprotected animals staying in kennels or boarding facilities.
Core Vaccines for cats are Rabies and a Rhinotracheitis/Calicivirus/Panleukopenia combination vaccine. Rabies is highly fatal and poses a threat to human health. The combination vaccine protects cats against very common, highly contagious diseases that can significantly impact your cat’s health.
Your cat may benefit from additional vaccines such as a Feline Leukemia Vaccine. Feline Leukemia is a common disease in cats and cats with access to the outdoors are at a particularly high risk for contracting this disease. Feline Leukemia Virus causes cats to develop Leukemia and/or other conditions such as cancer and immune deficiency.