Basic Vaccine for All Dogs
• Current Rabies
• Distemper-Parvo Combination or titer
According to Pets and Parasites, approximately 300,000 dogs in the United States will become infected this year with this fatal disease. The American Heartworm Society has seen a 21.7% increase in the incidence of Heartworm. There are many excellent products available to prevent Heartworms.
For many tears our recommndations have revolved around one of the monthly preventatives. These are still excellent products. However, we currently recommend ProHeart injection, a six month preventative. Busy lifestyles and schedules interfere with scheduled preventative administration. Our phone timer goes off in the middle of another thing we’re doing, or we’re away from home. This often leads to late or forgetten preventatives, which puts the dogs at risk. Other people endure a struggle in trying to administer the medicine. A 6 month injection given in office takes care of these compliance issues and improves our pet’s health. We will still carry monthly preventatives for those that wish to continue with a monthly product. All manufacturers’ guarantees apply when purchased through your veterinarian.
Fleas and Ticks
Frontline, a topical monthly flea and tick product, has been the mainstay for flea and tick control for years. Unfortunately, after 24 years of use, fleas and ticks have developed significant resistance to the product. Initially, Frontline killed 99% of fleas within 24 hours of a single application. Currently, Frontline kills 17% of the fleas after a single application.
Our preferred product is Bravecto, applied every three months. We will send you a remainder when the next dose is due.There are several monthly products that are excellent if you prefer the frequency of dosage.
All dogs under 30 # require a detailed oral examination and dental prophylactic cleaning yearly. Larger dogs also need prophylactic cleanings but generally do not have as many oral health issues as smaller dogs.
These are vaccines that are reccomended based on the dog’s lifestyle, that is, where it goes and what it does.
Kennel Cough ( Bordatella) is a highly contagious disease that causes severe cough, bronchitis, and respiratory disease lasting 4-6 weeks. Most dogs will recover, but they and their owners are miserable during the process. If you carry your dog anywhere and are around other dogs, this is an important vaccine.
Lymes disease is spread by ticks. Illness in animals is similar to human disease. Disease may be spread even with good tick control. If you live where ticks are a major problem, this is an important vaccine.
Leptospirosis is a disease that causes severe kidney andliver disease. It is emerging as a new threat because many animals are not vaccinated against it. Any dog with access to outside water- puddles, ponds, drainage ditches, or other water where wildlife visit are at risk as it is spread through wildlife urine-contaminated water.
Canine Flu (Influenza) first appeared in Chicago in 2015 causing major illness and death in dogs. It is highly contagious, spread through the air. There have been outbreaks in many areas including Missouri’s neighboring states since that time. Many dogs require hospitalization and intensive care. This disease has the potential to kill many dogs. Fortunately, there is vaccine to help protect your dog. It takes three weeks to protect your dog once vaccinated. It is impossible to stop an outbreak with vaccine. This virus easily spreads from dog to dog. It does not require direct contact and may be tracted home on shoes, clothing, and hands. The preventation is vaccination prior to an outbreak. Travel to other states with your dog and walking in public areas puts your dog at risk.
In the past, all pets need a yearly physical examination.
New Recommendations The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has recognized that yearly examinations are not enough to identify many diseases in their early stages.The animals’ body has aged 7 years between examinations, which is too long to allow diseases to develop. Many times owners ask if the disease outcome would be different if it was detected earlier. Therefore, twice a year examinations are recommended on all dogs, even if they appear healthy.