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Most veterinarians believe that your pet should be protected against those diseases which are most common, highly contagious and which cause serious illness. Such diseases could include:

  • Canine Distemper
  • Infectious Canine Hepatitis
  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Trachebronchitis
  • Rabies

Other vaccinations may be recommended, based on the Doctor’s evaluation of the risks posed by such factors as your dog’s particular heredity, environment and lifestyle.

Heartworm disease symptoms may not be obvious, but can slowly cause damage to the pulmonary arteries of your dog’s lungs. Signs of the disease may include a mild persistent cough, reluctance to exercise, fatigue after moderate activity, decreased appetite, and weight loss.

All dogs more than 6 months of age should be tested for heartworms prior to starting a preventative program.

While many dogs will not show any outward signs of illness, the most common visible symptoms of Lyme disease are arthritis and lameness due to painful joints. Dogs may also experience fever, loss of appetite and loss of energy. Symptoms – when they do appear may come & go, vary in severity and can sometimes be mistaken for those of other conditions.
The most common way dogs become infected with leptospirosis is by coming into contact with the urine of infected animals – usually in water or on wet ground. Dogs become infected by swimming in or drinking contaminated water or by playing in areas where infected urine is present.
A rattlesnake bite is a veterinary emergency. It results in serious injury or even death to thousands of dogs each year. Rattlesnake venom is a complete mixture of toxins that spreads through a dog’s body following the bite. If your dog is bit by a rattlesnake, even the expensive anti-venom is associated with adverse effects which can complicate a dog’s recovery. Your dog may need hospitalization, intravenous fluids, other medicines and even surgery.
Yes, there is a way to control itching and without the side effects of steroids. The condition is called atopic dermatitis, and it can have any number of causes. There is no cure, but we can prescribe ATOPICA treatment. It doesn’t just treat the symptoms, but goes to the root of the problem by working the immune cells that make skin itch.
Most veterinarians believe that your pet should be protected against those diseases which are most common, highly contagious and which cause serious illness. Such diseases could include:

  • Feline Panleukopenia
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
  • Feline Calicivirus
  • Rabies and depending on lifestyle
  • Feline Chlamydophlia
  • Feline Leukemia

Other vaccinations may be recommended, based on the Doctor’s evaluation of the risks posed by such factors as your cat’s particular heredity, environment and lifestyle.

Generally, the immunity that a kitten has at birth begins to diminish after 9 weeks. It is then usually time to begin the initial vaccinations, with the booster following 3 to 4 weeks later. Thereafter, your cat will require repeat vaccinations for the rest of his or her life. Of course, these are only guidelines; your veterinarian will be able to determine the exact schedule that’s right for your pet.
Some cats will have no signs of illness initially, but their health will gradually become worse over weeks, months, or even years. Many cats show a large variety of signs that are not very specific, including poor coat condition, skin and respiratory infections, eye problems, weakness, and a whole host of others. Common signs include: fever, loss of appetite, weight loss, diarrhea, swollen lymph nodes and pale or inflamed gums.
Veterinarians can determine if a cat is infected with FeLV by performing a simple blood test. Because many cats show no signs of disease even though they are infected, it is important to test all previously untested cats.
Yes there is. We offer CareCredit to our clients because your pet is an important part of your family. With CareCredit your pet receives the needed treatment – right away. Applying for CareCredit is quick and easy; you can even apply for their credit card right in our office.

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