Prevention is the key to a long, healthy life for your pet. With that in mind, Village Animal Clinic emphasizes proactive preventive medicine.
Pediatric Care Puppy/Kitten Health Plans: Puppies and kittens require a series of examinations, testing and vaccinations. Our Puppy/Kitten Health Plans provide everything your new family member needs to get off to a healthy start in life.
The early stages of your pet’s life are the most important. We are here to advise you on potty training, behavioral training and the medical care that your pet needs in the early stages of their life. Puppies and Kittens will go thru a series of vaccinations starting from 9 weeks of age. They will receive vaccinations and parasite prevention every 3-4 weeks, until they reach the age of 16 weeks. They should also be starting their Heartworm and Flea prevention at this time.
Heartworm and Flea/Tick Prevention
Without preventative, your dog may be at risk from heartworms, which cause a potentially deadly infection of the heart and lungs of your pet. Along with heartworms, roundworms and hookworms are the most common parasites to infect the intestines of dogs. These parasites may even be transmitted to humans and cause abdominal pain, skin irritations, neurological problems and blindness.
Interesting Fact: Did you know….that the hookworm parasite can be found in 15% of commercially sold potting soil.
By treating your dog monthly, you not only help protect your pet, you reduce the risk of spreading parasites to other pets and humans.
It is also extremely important to protect your pet from fleas and ticks by using a monthly preventative. Flea bites can cause flea allergy dermatitis as well as causing skin infections. Ingested fleas can transmit tapeworm, and pets infected with fleas, can become anemic. Heavy flea infestations may even cause death.
Infected ticks can transmit organisms that cause diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever along with other diseases.