Your pet is getting older, but the care you give throughout its lifetime can minimize and prevent disease as he or she ages. Proper care includes periodic checkups, routine vaccinations, parasite control, dental examinations, regular exercise, and a good diet. Read more »
Routine vaccinations are recommended for all pets, including even those that rarely go out of the home. There are of number of good reasons for making this recommendation. To begin with, an outdoor cat that receives annual vaccines receives antibody protection not only from the vaccines, but also from daily exposure to bacteria and viruses that it encounters during its contacts with other cats and the environment. Read more »
What are vaccines?
Vaccines contain viruses, bacteria, or other disease-causing organisms that have been killed or altered so that they can no longer cause disease. Newer vaccines may contain genetically engineered components derived from those disease agents. When given to an animal, vaccines will stimulate the body’s immune system to form disease fighting cells and proteins (known as antibodies) to protect against the disease. Although the protection afforded by vaccines can be reduced by poor health and poor nutrition, most fully vaccinated animals will be resistant to the disease for which they are vaccinated. Read more »
Many common diseases, including Distemper, are deadly to your puppy. During the initial day of nursing, puppies receive antibodies against certain diseases from their mother’s milk. These protecting antibodies are gradually lost between 6 and 16 weeks of age. A series of vaccinations are given during this period to stimulate your puppie’s immune system to produce its own antibodies. Even if your puppy never goes outside, many viruses are quite hardy, and can be carried to your dog on your hands, shoes or clothing. Make sure your pet is protected! Talk to your veterinarian about a vaccine protocol. Read more »
Fleas are among the most common health problems of dogs and cats. Not only are they an annoyance to both people and pets, but they cause health problems as well. Read more »
All of us know about the benefits of routine dental care for ourselves. Daily brushing and flossing, and regular visits to the dentist, keep our teeth and gums healthy and comfortable. Unfortunately, routine dental care is still an often-neglected item of dog and cat general health care. Your pets, as well as yourselves, deserve regular dental care. Read more »