Preventive Care and Vaccinations Options for Your Pets
Preventing disease is much more effective and affordable than treating disease once it has occurred. Your veterinarian can help you prevent many serious health problems for your pet and even for your family.
Fleas, ticks and internal parasites can cause extreme discomfort for your pet and can also transmit disease to not only your pet but to your family as well.
Flea and Tick Control
Fleas and ticks are a serious health threat to your pet and your family. As pets come in and out of your home, they can pick up fleas and ticks from the outside environment and bring them into your house. Fleas can quickly infest your pet, causing painful sores, poor coat quality and constant itching. They will also bite humans, causing itchy red bumps, and potentially even skin infections.
Ticks can cause painful sores and infections where they attach to your pet. They can also carry serious or even fatal diseases that are transmittable to humans.
The staff and veterinarians at Cleveland Park East Animal Hospital will help you and your pet get rid of and prevent the return of these dangerous parasites. There are effective topical and oral medications that kill fleas and ticks and prevent them from returning to your pet.
Internal Parasite Control
Internal parasites, like heartworms, can be fatal to your dog or cat. Heartworms are spread through the bite of an infected mosquito and can infect an unprotected pet at any time. Regular heartworm prevention is extremely important in protecting your dog or cat from this deadly parasite.
If a heartworm infestation is caught quickly enough, it can sometimes be successfully treated. The treatment can be expensive and requires a long period of time where your dog will have to be kept calm and quiet. Preventive medication is much less expensive and presents far less risk to your dog.
Internal parasite control also includes intestinal worms. There are many different types of intestinal worm that can infect your pet. Some worms can also infect your family members.
Your veterinarian will check a fecal sample taken from your pet to determine if he or she is currently infected. If an infestation is discovered, your pet will receive medication to remove the parasites quickly and safely. The easiest prevention is to give your pet monthly heartworm prevention, which includes a de-wormer for common intestinal parasites.
Staying current on your pets’ vaccinations is vital to their health and well-being. These shots will protect your pet from many serious and often fatal diseases. Most adult pets only need to be vaccinated once per year.
Young pets need to be vaccinated on a different schedule to allow their developing bodies to build immunity to dangerous diseases. Contact us to develop a vaccination schedule to keep your pets protected year round.
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