Sometimes the key to keeping a healthy pet is to avoid issues from the get go. There are many simple, routine treatments that can be done in the comfort of an owner's home that can help manage the health and well being of pets.
We routinely recommend the use of heartworm preventatives such as Heartgard® and topical flea and tick control such as Advantix®, Advantage®, Nexgard®, and Frontline®. For many patients, routine screening blood work such as heartworm/tick panels or major blood chemistries are advised as well.
Often times when your cat or dog has fleas, you will notice they may appear restless and are constantly scratching. Fleas are not harmless and can actually be life-threatening to your pet. It is important to provide your pet with a flea preventive since those fleas, they can bite you too!
Ticks can spread diseases including Lyme disease, tick paralysis, and other serious diseases. If your pet spends time outdoors, it is important to invest in a tick preventative to keep them safe. After you and your pet spend time outdoors, it is important that you check both yourself and the pet to catch any ticks that may have found their way onto you and your pet.
Heartworm is a serious disease that can be fatal. It is caused by heartworms that live in the lungs and heart. Protecting your pet is easy. Products like Heartgard® protect your pet from this serious disease.
When vaccinating, we evaluate on a case-by-case basis to ensure that there is no over-vaccination of pets at low risk for certain diseases. Talking with the veterinarian about home life, hobbies, and exposure to wildlife will help to ensure that the proper measures are taken to vaccinate your pet. At East Longmeadow Animal Hospital, we currently vaccinate for these common diseases:
Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
FVRCP (Feline Distemper)
Providing Preventive Medicine can make the difference of adding years to your pet’s life. Ensure that your pet lives a long and happy life. At East Longmeadow Animal Hospital, we are dedicated to providing your pet with quality veterinarian care.