Prevention is Key: Get Your Pet Vaccinated
Vaccinations are a critical piece of the preventive wellness puzzle and can protect your pet against most major infectious diseases. In general, we believe the following are essential for every cat or dog:
- Rabies (both cats and dogs)
- Canine distemper
- Canine hepatitis
- Canine leptospirosis
- Canine parvovirus infection
- Canine parainfluenza
- Feline panleukopenia
- Feline calicivirus infection
- Feline distemper
- Feline leukemia
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis
The staff at Bayview Animal Hospital will also make specific recommendations regarding the best vaccination schedule for your pet.
Flea and Tick Products
The issue of fleas and ticks is now a bigger concern than ever, and the potential health problems they can cause are significant. For owners, it’s important to know that flea and tick products generally fall into one of two categories: neurotoxic insecticides and insect growth regulators (IGR). Neurotoxic insecticides target adult fleas and ticks and work by paralyzing the insects before neutralizing them. IGRs target parasites in the early stages of life by preventing the growth of eggs into larvae.
Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal condition caused by foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs, and related blood vessels. While dogs are more prone to heartworm infestations than cats, there is an effective treatment regimen for dogs. However, the same medication cannot be used in cats, so prevention is the only way to fully protect them against the disease. We generally recommend having your pet tested annually since early detection efforts are the best defense against infection.
Most intestinal parasites are not clearly visible in feces; therefore, we screen for infection via microscopic analysis in our laboratory. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends a fecal analysis be performed 2-4 times during the first year of life for puppies and kittens and 1-2 times per year for adults.
A number of heartworm preventives are also effective against certain intestinal parasites. Depending on the product, this may include protection against hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, or tapeworms. However, no single treatment can eliminate every parasite, and we recommend you contact us to determine what is appropriate for your pet.
A zoonotic disease is a disease that can be transmitted between animals and humans. While their occurrence may be common, there are many ways you can protect yourself and your family. To learn more, please consult your veterinarian and review this information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Which Product is the Best?
For every pet, the best product is the one that accounts for his or her lifestyle and addresses parasites common to where you live. The team at Bayview Animal Hospital is equipped to discuss the pros and cons of any product, and we’re proud to offer competitive values on parasite prevention and treatments through our pharmacy.