Pet Wellness Tips
Pet Wellness Tips
Everyone knows pets age quicker than humans, and a lot can change in a short amount of time. For young adults, we recommend an annual physical exam.
Vaccines continue to be an extremely important part of your pet’s health, and can minimize or prevent very serious disease. Nowadays we recognize both core and non-core vaccines. Some core vaccines are dictated by state and local law (i.e. rabies), and some are considered essential to basic health, like the DA2PP combo vaccine. For non-core vaccines, such as Leptospirosis, your veterinarian will have recommendations based on your pet’s lifestyle and exposure risk. Boostering frequency will depend partially on the age of your pet, the type of vaccine, and the duration of immunity (derived from research studies).
Locally, heartworm and fleas are a constant risk, due to our weather. Here in Florida, we do not consider any months safe from exposure risk, and strongly recommend year-round prevention. Both dogs and cats are at risk for both parasites, and being indoors only slightly decreases their risk, as mosquitoes and fleas can easily gain entrance to our homes. Heartworm prevention products are by prescription only, which requires at least one physical exam each year.
Florida weather supports parasite life cycles very easily, with such creatures as roundworms and hookworms present nearly everywhere (dirt and grass). Fortunately, they are easily controlled with routine deworming agents, most commonly found in heartworm prevention products, but also available in single dosing options.
Countless animals are lost each year, and shelter statistics show that less than 20% of dogs and 5% of cats are reunited with their owners. The presence of a microchip, with current owner information, dramatically increases the odds of being reunited. Placing the microchip is a simple and quick process that lasts the life of your pet, and can be done at any time.
Veterinarians recommend a heartworm test for all dogs, each year. Cats should receive at least one FeLV/FIV blood test when first adopted (if not done before), and any time serious illness occurs.