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Pet Owner’s Guide:

Note: Puppies should not go into public places until they are fully vaccinated, and need to be seen right away to discuss a vaccination plan. We recommend that you pick up small puppies when in public areas, and coming in to the hospital for your visit so that you minimize their risks of unknown diseases until they are fully vaccinated.

 

Valley Fever:

Valley Fever is caused by a fungus that lives in the desert soil.  Most common symptoms include coughing, fever, weight loss, lack of appetite, lack of energy.  These symptoms may be present as a result of infection in the lungs.  Additional symptoms that can develop when the infection spreads outside the lungs can include lameness or swelling of limbs, back or neck pain, seizures, soft swelling under the skin, swollen lymph nodes under chin, eye inflammation with pain or cloudiness. We can test for Valley Fever by doing blood work, and informing you of the next steps once the results are in.

Parvo Virus:

Parvo is a highly contagious virus that attacks the lining of the digestive system.  It causes dogs and puppies to not be able to absorb nutrients or liquids. Puppies are especially prone to it because they have an immature immune system.  Most common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood), lethargic, not eating, not drinking. Incubation period for Parvo is 5-7 days.  Dogs can shed the virus for 6 weeks after they are cured and can last in the environment for several months. If we suspect that your dog may be infected, we will guide you through the testing process and care needed.

Pregnancy:

Gestation periods for dogs and cats is 61-63 days. Ask us for more information if you suspect that your baby girl may be pregnant. 

Tick Fever:

Ehrlichiosis, more commonly known as tick fever, is generally caused by an organism known as a rickettsia, Ehrlichia canis.  This organism is partly like a bacteria, partly like a virus, and acts as a parasite of the body’s blood cells and organs.  Most common signs of tick fever include fever include trouble breathing, noticeably swollen lymph glands, sore joints, a loss of energy, and a lack of appetite. The dog may get bleeding problems such as; sudden nosebleeds or blood in the stool.

 

Lyme Disease:

Lyme disease (borreliosis) is an infectious, tick-borne disease in dogs.  Most common symptoms are a fever of between 103 and 105°, lameness, swelling in the joints, swollen lymph nodes, lethargy, and loss of appetite.

 

Anaplasmosis:

Anaplasmosis is an infectious disease that is caused by a bacteria called Anaplasma phagocytophilum.  Most common signs of infection are high fever, lethargy, and swollen painful joints (this can be dramatic).

Vaccinations:

First vaccinations are recommended at the age of 6 weeks for both cats and dogs, with vaccinations lasting until your pet is 16 weeks of age.  Please consult your doctor for the recommended frequency of the remaining boosters.

 

Feline Vaccinations:

FVRCP:

Feline Vaccine, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (otherwise known as the feline distemper vaccine or feline upper respiratory).

 

Leukemia:

Leukemia is transmitted through bodily fluids (saliva, urine). Strongly recommended for outdoor cats but also recommended for indoor cats if there is any chance they may come in contact with other pets. NOTE: a heartworm, FELV (Leukemia), FIV (Feline Aids) test is required prior to Leukemia Vaccination

Rabies:

Rabies is a viral neuroinvasive (capable of entering or infecting the central nervous system) disease that causes inflammation of the brain.  Common symptoms of rabies are malaise, headache and fever, acute pain, violent movements, uncontrolled excitement, depression, inability to swallow water, periods of mania and lethargy, coma.

Deworming:

Deworming a cat is a critical part of pet care. Many kittens are born with worms that they contracted before they were born from their mother.

Heartgard Plus:

NOTE: a heartworm, FELV (Leukemia), FIV (Feline Aids) test is required prior to dispensing Heartgard. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes.  If an infected mosquito bites the cat, they may become infected.

 

Canine Vaccinations:

DA2P:

Distemper, Adenovirus (Hepatitis), Parainfluenza, and Parvo.

Bordetella:

Prevents what is commonly known as "kennel cough". Recommended if your dog goes to dog parks, groomers, boarding facilities, on walks, or is around other dogs. Some boarding and grooming facilities may require the Bordetella Vaccination every 6 months, and that it be given 2 weeks prior to boarding.

 

Influenza Vaccine:

Canine influenza affects the respiratory tract of infected dogs.  Canine influenza normally causes mild respiratory symptoms which are frequently confused with those of kennel cough.

 

Rabies:

Rabies is a viral neuroinvasive (capable of entering or infecting the central nervous system) disease that causes inflammation of the brain.  Common symptoms of rabies are malaise, headache and fever, acute pain, violent movements, uncontrolled excitement, depression, inability to swallow water, periods of mania and lethargy, coma.

Porphyromonas:

Porphyromonas Denticanis-Gulae-Salivosa Bacterin is to aid in the prevention of canine periodontitis which affects 85% of dogs over 3 years of age.

Rattlesnake:

Was designed to slow down the effect of the venom from a rattlesnake bite.  The dog must still be seen immediately after the bite.  It is recommended for animals who may come into contact with snakes (rural communities, hunters, campers).

Deworming:

Deworming a dog is a critical part of pet care. Many puppies are born with worms that they contracted before they were born from their mother.

Heartgard Plus:

Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes.  If an infected mosquito bites the dog, the dog may become infected. NOTE: a heartworm/lyme disease/tick fever/anaplasmosis test is required prior to the starting prevention.