PEDIATRIC VACCINATION SCHEDULES
Puppies should see the veterinarian for their first visit at 6 weeks of age. It is highly recommended that a fecal exam be performed to detect any internal parasites that may make the puppy sick. (It is helpful to bring a fresh stool sample from the puppy, in a Ziploc bag). Puppies need to see the veterinarian for vaccinations at 6, 9, 12 and 16 weeks. If your puppy is older than 6 weeks for the first visit then another schedule will be made tailored toward your pet. The veterinarian will also start your puppy on Heartworm/Flea prevention at the appropriate time at one of the visits.
At Dogwood Animal Hospital a Recombinant vaccine is used. This means a single dose of the puppy vaccine will be more helpful in protecting the puppy at a young age. A series of four vaccines is still necessary for full protection.
Kittens see the veterinarian for their first visit at 6 weeks of age. It is extremely important to have your kitten tested for Feline Leukemia/Immunodeficiency Disease (both contagious and deadly diseases) before vaccinating. Fecal exams should be performed to detect any parasites that may make the kitten sick. (It is helpful to bring a fresh stool sample from the kitten, in a Ziploc bag). Kittens should have vaccinations starting at 6 weeks, followed up with boosters at 9, 12 and 16 weeks. Outdoor kittens should be started on Heartworm/Flea prevention as well.
Vaccines used on cats at Dogwood Animal Hospital are non-adjuvant which causes less inflammation at the site of injection.
AT HOME VISITS
Dr. Miller can come to your home for your pet if it is difficult for you to bring them to the office. We can also make appointments for home visits when you have multiple pets. When calling for an appointment you can ask about pricing for a home visit.
Many pets need to have their teeth cleaned to remove tartar that causes gingivitis, abscess and tooth decay. Dogs and cats must be fully anesthetized for this procedure. To ensure the health of your pet during this procedure it is recommended to have a pre-anesthetic profile performed before any anesthesia is administered. It is most important for pets that are geriatric (older than 8 years of age). Dr. Miller may recommend a full blood work-up before to determine any other disease process. All pets are monitored with the SURGIVET elite monitor. Pets are kept warm during the procedure to prevent hypothermia. If you have a pet with severe halitosis, lethargy or difficulty eating then a thorough exam may need to be done to check for dental disease. Dental disease is a silent killer, meaning it causes other organ failure (heart, kidney, skin, etc.)
HEARTWORM & INTESTINAL PREVENTION
It is imperative to have your pet on Heartworm prevention in Barnwell. Heartworm preventative not only protects your dog or cat from deadly heartworms but it also prevents and protects against deadly intestinal parasites. A once a month pill or topical preventative can save lives! Some products even have flea preventative in them too. Did you know that people can contract worms from dogs and cats? Yes there are worms that can crawl within your skin causing inflammation, as well as roundworms that cause nerve damage or even blindness. Children are at the largest risk of contracting these contagious worms. To protect your pet and child, a monthly preventative can be recommended at Dogwood Animal Hospital.
No pet should be kept intact unless they have been examined to be an exceptional blood-line for the breed description. Dr. Miller sees thousands of unwanted pets each year come through the county animal shelter. They were brought to the shelter because their dog accidently got pregnant or they were found as strays. It is best to have your pet fixed around 5 months of age. Pets tolerate anesthesia much better at a younger age. They really don’t even know anything was done to them. It is particularly important to spay a female before the first heat cycle. The female’s chances of breast cancer are dramatically increased after the first cycle. Males are not likely to show aggressive or dominant like behavior when neutered at 5 months. It also reduces the chance of having testicular cancer.
Our Spay/Neuter prices include pre-anesthetic blood work, monitoring of vital life signs, pain medication and a nail trim.
Pets are living much longer, happier lives these days due to modern veterinary medicine. Dogs are considered senior pets by the age of 7-8 years. Cats are considered senior at the age of 9-10 years. Blood work is considered a routine procedure during senior pet visits. The blood results give Dr. Miller an overall window into your pet’s health. Normal results, which are great to receive, give the vet something to compare abnormal results to in the event of an emergency.
Many senior pets have dental, kidney and thyroid health problems. If these diseases are caught early in the aging process, diet and medicine can prevent an early death. When you come for an annual visit don’t forget to ask about starting early blood monitoring for your beloved pet