Canine Vaccines, Bathing, Microchips, Heartworm & Flea prevention.
Heartworm tests and Heartworm Prevention:
All dogs must have a heartworm test before we will sell heartworm preventative; this is done to ensure the dog is heartworm-free and provides a safe start on a heartworm prevention regiment. Heartworm prevention is considered a prescription drug and we must have an established client-doctor relationship and adequate heartworm test results.
Then depending on the results, a technician or doctor will advise on the best type of heartworm prevention for your pet. If a dog yields positive results, we will explain treatment options for your pet.
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Rabies is a fatal neurological disease; it is transmitted through bites and saliva. We offer a 1-Year vaccine or a 3-Year vaccine. In order to receive the 3-Year rabies, an animal must have had at least ONE 1-Year vaccine in the past. It is required by law for all animals to be vaccinated for rabies. Puppies can be vaccinated at 12 weeks of age or older.
DHPP (Distemper, Parvo, Parainfluenza, and Hepatitis) Vaccination:
This vaccination is a combination which will cover all four diseases; it must be given in a series of booster vaccinations for puppies and then every year thereafter. The series begins at 6 weeks of age and then repeated at 9, 12, and 15 weeks of age. If a puppy comes in and is older than 12 weeks, the vaccine will need to be repeated three weeks later. The same is recommended for older dogs which have no vaccine history.
The distemper virus is closely related to the human measles virus; it can be passed from dog to dog by coughing. It first attacks the respiratory system and then moves onto the GI tract. From there, the nervous system is effected where the neurological phase begins. Once it has reached the neurological phase mortatality rate is very high. There is no cure but symptoms can be treated. Some symptoms may be, but are not limited to: coughing, runny nose, and poor appetite. Canine distemper is not transmittable to people.
The parvovirus invades the intestinal wall and causes inflammation; it is most common in puppies and young unvaccinated dogs. It can be contracted by the feces of an infected dog. The virus begins to shed just before clinical signs develop. Unlike other viruses parvo is stable in the environment and is resistant to heat, detergents, alcohol, and many disinfectants. Parvo has been detected on surfaces contaminated after three months at room temperature. Some clinical signs of parvo are vomiting, foul smelling diarrhea, and listlessness; if not treated parvo is potentially deadly. Parvo is not transmissible to people or cats.
Hepatitis is an adenovirus (type 1) and very contagious in canines; it infects the liver, kidneys, spleen and lungs. Symptoms may include fever, abnormal bleeding, "blue eye" (opacity of the eye), and a comprimised immune system in general. Death, chronic hepatitis and illness may occur; recovery may be gradual in nonfatal cases. It is shed in the urine and can survive outside of the host.
Kennel Cough Vaccination:
Kennel cough is a respiratory disease characterized by a harsh, hacking cough. Many dogs left in crowded conditions, shelters or boarding facilities are more prone to kennel cough. If you plan to board your pet, you will need to get the Intra-trac vaccine. Kennel cough can be treated and is not generally transmissible to people; it is highly contagious to other dogs! We have an intra-nasal vaccine which is recommended yearly, or every 6 months if your pet is boarded/groomed frequently.
The corona virus is an intestinal infection in dogs that is usually short-lived. It can cause considerable abdominal discomfort for a few days. Dogs may become infected with the virus by ingesting contaminated food or by direct contact with an infected dog. If boarding your pet most kennels will require the corona vaccine because it is more common in crowded conditions. There is no treatment for this but secondary bacteria infections can be contained with antibiotics. Corona can not be transmitted to people. Please check with your boarding facility ahead of time to see if it is required.
Lepto is a bacteria that attacks the kidneys resulting in kidney damage or failure. Dogs become infected when abraded skin comes in contact with urine or ingestion of urine of an infected host. The organism travels through the bloodstream and settles in the kidneys to reproduce. Other organ failure can be seen as well. If caught early Lepto can be treated with heavy antibiotics but can be life-threatening. Some symptoms are jaundice, excessive drinking, and fever. This bacteria can be transmitted to people through breaks in the skin or mucous membranes! You should always use gloves or paper towels when cleaning up urine or feces. Always wash your hands afterwards. This vaccine is highly recommended for dogs which are taken into woods (hunting trips or camping) or wildlife prone areas - it is frequently correlated with infected wildlife.
If your pet lives or plays around woods you may be interested in getting the Lyme vaccine. Lyme disease is transmitted by Deer Ticks. Canine lyme disease can go undetected for a long time. It is not a very serious disease but should not be overlooked nor underestimated. A major symptom of Lyme disease is joint pain, but would need to be confirmed by a blood test. People may be infected by Lyme disease but they would need to be infected by a tick. Never use your bare hands to remove a tick from your pet. You can also contract the disease by touching an infected tick.
Important Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Neutering your pet (castration):
- Removal of the testicles & spermatic cord
- Ideal age is 4-6 months
- Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, the 2nd most common tumor in male dogs.
- Greatly reduces the risk of prostate cancer & prostatitis
- Reduces the risk of perianal tumors
- Reduces roaming and fighting
- Eliminates or reduces spraying or marking in males neutered before 6 months of age or before the onset of these behaviors.
- Eliminates the risk & spread of sexually transmitted diseases
- Eliminates unwanted litters.
- Removal of the ovaries and uterus
- Ideal age is 4-6 months
- If spayed before the 1st heat cycle, your pet has a less than 1% chance of developing breast cancer.
- If spayed after 1 heat cycle, your pet has an 8% change of developing breast cancer
- If spayed after 2 heat cycles, the risk increases to 26%
- After 2 years, no protective benefit exists.
- Pets with diabetes or epilepsy should be spayed to prevent hormonal changes that interfere with medication.
- Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer
- Eliminates unwanted pregnancies
More than 4 million pets are euthanized in the U.S. animal shelters each year simply because they have no home. Many are puppies and kittens less than 6 months old. Help stop this needless loss of life. Spay and neuter your pet.