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Preventative Care

Heartworm, flea, and tick prevention for cats and dogs

The best way to treat your cat or dog for heartworms, fleas, and ticks is by stopping them before they even start to become a problem for your family pet.

Does heartworm prevention work?

Treatment for heartworm infection is expensive —and it can potentially kill your dog. There is no approved treatment for cats. Some cats spontaneously rid themselves of the infection; others might not survive it. And even one or two adult heartworms in a cat can cause serious problems.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to keep your dog or cat safe: by administering monthly heartworm preventives. Most heartworm medications also protect your pet against other parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, ear mites, fleas, and ticks.

We can recommend the best regimen of prevention for your pet. Contact us today!

 

What tick prevention does for you and your pet:

Ticks are becoming more and more prevalent in North America, and they’re now being found in areas where people and pets didn’t previously encounter ticks. These parasites can cause serious—and sometimes deadly—diseases, including Lyme disease.

The best method for keeping ticks off your pet is by keeping your dog or cat on a tick preventive. Even indoor-only pets are at risk because ticks can hitch a ride inside on your clothing or shoes.

Don’t panic if you find a tick on your dog or cat, even if your pet is on a preventive. Some preventives kill ticks after they’ve come in contact with your pet. Ticks can hide easily under your pet’s fur, so as an added measure of protection, we recommend checking your pet for ticks every time your pet comes in from outside.

Tick preventives are safe and highly effective at controlling ticks and the diseases they carry. We carry multiple tick prevention products for cats and dogs and would be happy to help find the best one for your pet.

Contact us immediately if your pet starts coughing, has joint pain, trouble breathing, fever, weakness, or loss of appetite, weight, energy, or coordination.

 

Vaccinating your dog for Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease of humans and animals. In humans and dogs alike, it causes a wide range of symptoms from very mild flu like symptoms to liver and/or kidney failure. It has re-emerged in North America with such force that professionals at the Centers for Disease Control say they now consider the disease a notable source of mortality.

How is it spread?

The primary method of transmission is via water contaminated with urine, although urine-contaminated soil, bedding or foods are also routes of exposure in addition to blood or saliva. Leptospirosis can be spread by dogs, coyotes, rats, raccoons, possums, several other common mammals, and humans.

Which dogs should be vaccinated?

Most authorities agree on the following indicators for vaccinating for leptospirosis:
Animals in geographical areas with defined wet seasons – our part of Oregon fits this description.
Animals in geographic areas where there is a known prevalence or outbreak of the disease.
Animals who frequent any type of communal area shared by multiple dogs such as neighborhood dog parks, grooming salons or boarding facilities.

Is there a risk in vaccinating?

There is risk involved with every vaccine. The reaction rate for the current vaccine is less than 3%, with the majority of those reactions being soreness at the injection site post-vaccination. The newest vaccines have significantly increased the efficacy of the vaccine, while simultaneously reducing the incidence of reactions as well. Due to the factors above, most authorities on the topic agree that for our area, the risk of the disease is greater than the risk of vaccinating.