Vaccination and Parasite Prevention: Protecting Your Dogs and Cats
The importance of vaccinations in your pet’s healthcare plan cannot be understated. Modern vaccination science goes far beyond a rabies and distemper shot. Today, vaccines can protect your pet from many illnesses:
- For Cats: feline leukemia, respiratory diseases and rabies
- For Dogs: canine distemper, rabies, parvovirus, respiratory diseases, kennel cough (bordetella), leptospirosis, Lyme disease, canine influenza and more
How often your pet needs to be vaccinated depends on the individual animal. Certainly puppies and kittens need to be vaccinated early. Your veterinarian can educate you on the proper course of vaccinations whether your pet is young, adult, or senior to maintain their health and wellness.
Parasite prevention is nearly as important as keeping your pet vaccinated. Dogs and cats are particularly vulnerable to various parasitic infestations. Many of these parasites can move from your pet to you, meaning that keeping your pet clean from parasites can be a part of your family’s healthcare. At Irondequoit we can help guard against parasites such as:
- Fleas and ticks are common skin parasites that can carry diseases, such as Lyme disease.
- Intestinal parasites such as roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms and coccidia, which can cause all manner of digestive and internal problems.
- Heartworms, which are carried by mosquitoes, infect your pet’s cardiovascular system and can be deadly.
Our in-house laboratory can screen for and help to prevent and clear your pet of these parasites during your pet’s regular checkups.
On the Web
WebMD has an excellent Pet Health Center, which offers helpful guides to parasite prevention and control:
- Flea and tick slideshow
- Canine preventative care
- Feline preventative care
- Worms in dogs
- Worms in cats
The Companion Animal Parasite Council has a very informative website.
Take some time to look through the CDC’s site on Healthy Pets, Healthy People.
To begin your pet’s vaccination and parasite prevention course, contact us today or schedule an appointment. We are eager to have you as a member of our family!