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PREVENTIVE Care

The most important factor in maintaining your pet's health is preventive care. Below are some preventive measures that should routinely be done for your pet.

Flea and Tick Control

You likely enjoy spending quality time with your pets both indoors and out, so they can be at risk for unwelcome visits from pesky parasites like fleas and ticks.

 

Not only can these unfriendly parasites make your pets extremely uncomfortable, but they can also pose grave health risks.

Since ticks are active whenever it is warm enough outside for them to crawl about their surroundings and fleas can survive a cold winter by feeding on unprotected pets, preventive measures should be taken year round.

Our veterinary team will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pets’ risk factors, health status,

and the everyday life of your pet. There are many safe and effective flea and tick control products available - we’ll guide you through this important decision.

Parasite Control

Intestinal parasites such as hookworms and roundworms can be a troublesome concern, especially for very young animals.

Our center performs a fecal analysis on all new puppies and kittens. If your pet does have a parasite problem, we can provide you with different medications and treatments to remedy the problem and steer your pet back to good health.

 

Preventive care and prescription heartworm medication are key, because of the damages presented by intestinal parasites to both pets and people. Our primary focus is to provide your pet with the safest and most effective ongoing preventive care.

Vaccine Protocols

Vaccinations are vital to the health and protection of your pet and serve as a preventive measure in combating viral diseases like Rabies, Distemper, Adenovirus, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza Virus, Feline Leukemia Virus, Panleukopenia and Rhinotracheitis. Before giving any vaccinations our veterinarians consult with you and examine your pet to make sure they are healthy and stable enough to receive them.

 

Vaccinations are particularly important to young animals that have immature immune systems. Proper and timely administration is paramount to ensure optimal protection. Vaccinations generally begin at 6-8 weeks of age and are given every three to four weeks until the series is completed.

Heartworm Disease

It is important to understand that preventing heartworm disease is easier, safer, and more economical than treating adult heartworms.

 

Heartworms cause a serious disease that can rob a dog of its health and even its life. Treating a heartworm infection usually requires hospitalization of the dog and weeks of inactivity at home.