• Puppy & Kitten Care

    Puppies and kittens have unique medical needs as they build an immune system and start to grow.  Your pet’s early visits are important not only for medical evaluation and vaccines, but also because frequent, positive interactions with our staff members from an early age can enhance how your pet reacts to family members and other people and can decrease any potential future stress of coming to see us. Click Here to learn more...

  • Dog & Cat Care

    In those intervening years between puppyhood/kittenhood and the senior pet is the relatively stable time of young adulthood for dogs and cats.  Unless accidents occur or your pet develops an unforeseen illness, the minimum recommendation is for bringing your pet in for an annual wellness exam once a year. Click Here to learn more...

  • Senior Pet Care

    Like people, dogs are living longer. We all cherish the companionship of our canine and feline friends. It is important that we help ensure these extended years are the happiest and healthiest possible. Working closely with your veterinarian, you can make a significant difference in the life of your senior pet. Click Here to learn more...

Downloadable Health Guides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to download and print these informative guides. They were created to  help you to further manage your pet's good health.

Canine Health Guide

Feline Health Guide

Veterinary Care for Adult Dogs & Cats

In those intervening years between puppyhood/kittenhood and the senior pet is the relatively stable time of young adulthood for dogs and cats.  Unless accidents occur or your pet develops an unforeseen illness, the minimum recommendation is for bringing your pet in for an annual wellness exam once a year.  At this time, we can assess your pet’s weight, check for any early signs of illness or debilitation, and booster any vaccines  based on the risks and lifestyle of your pet.  Sometimes during this period of life we start to see obesity and early dental problems developing in some pets.  Your veterinarian can help and advise you on these, and other, problems.

Do Indoor Cats Need Vaccines?

Many cat owners ask, "Are vaccines still necessary if my cat never goes outside?" The answer is yes, but perhaps not as many as would be necessary for a cat that spends a significant amount of time in the great outdoors. Indoor cats should always be vaccinated against rabies. Rabid animals (frequently bats) have been known to get inside of houses. Cats are drawn to flying bats and are likely the first in the house to contact them. Because rabies is a fatal disease, exposed pets put their owners and others at risk; therefore, every cat should be vaccinated against this disease even if the risk of infection is low. Indoor cats also need to be protected from Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP). These three diseases are potentially very serious and can be costly because they may require extensive veterinary care. These diseases can easily come into your home on your hands, clothes, or shoes. These viruses can survive 8-10 days in the environment and on surfaces. Lastly, your cat’s situation may change: formerly indoor cats may start going outside; a cat might escape and spend a night out-of-doors; or you may find that you need to board your cat during an unforeseen emergency. A cat that has been previously immunized will be better able to fight off infections in these situations.

 

If you have questions about which vaccines your pet might need, or the frequency of getting booster vaccines for a strictly indoor cat, your veterinarian is the best person to ask. They can help you weigh the relative benefits with any risks. Whatever vaccine schedule you and your vet decide upon, it is still important to have your cat examined periodically so that any illness, early disease, or health concerns can be addressed in a timely manner. Regular veterinary examinations allow illnesses to be detected early, when treatment is likely to be less expensive and more effective. The vaccines we use are considered safe, and they help prevent potentially deadly diseases. The fact that your cat lives indoors certainly reduces the risk of getting these diseases, but it does not completely eliminate the risk.

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