“IN NINE LIFETIMES, YOU’LL NEVER KNOW AS MUCH ABOUT YOUR CAT AS YOUR CAT KNOWS ABOUT YOU” – MONTAIGNE
THE CORNERSTONES OF WELLNESS
Does Max or Misty like to chase little varments?
If they actually do catch them, make sure that their vaccines are current!
And don't forget...
You get your flu shot routinely every year, shouldn’t you protect your dog as well? Contrary to popular belief, dogs can get the flu. The canine dog flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by CIV H3N8 and H3N2. Those that are most at risk are the young, very old, and immunocompromised dogs. Increased risks occur in dog parks, doggy day cares, and environments with communal toys and water bowls. Of those infected, 80 percent show clinical signs, but they may be much more serious for those with an increased risk. There is not evidence that canine influenza poses a risk to humans and like in humans, there are vaccines to prevent infection. Contact us to see if the canine influenza vaccine is right for your pup.
Lyme disease is a serious condition that is transmitted through tick bites. The bacteria can cause symptoms such as lameness, lethargy, high fever, swollen lymph nodes, and loss of appetite. Unfortunately these symptoms can lie dormant for 2-5 months after the bite. To protect against Lyme disease, administer prescribed flea and tick prevention routinely.
What is feline leukemia? Feline leukemia or FeLV is a retrovirus that produces an enzyme that allows the virus to transfer its genetic makeup into the healthy cells that it has infected. FeLV is similar to FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus), however it does differ in shape, genetic composition, and how the disease is contracted. FeLV is the most common cause of cancer, can lead to blood disorders, and reduces the body’s ability to fight off infection. Feline leukemia can be found worldwide and prevented with a vaccine for uninfected cats as well as preventing exposure to FeLV-positive cats.
If we live in an area where my dog is at low risk for contracting heartworm, do I still need to have my dog tested and administer heartworm protection? Heartworm is transmitted through mosquito bites and although is most prevalent in warm weather climates, the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends annual testing as well as comprehensive parasite control in all geographical areas.