In veterinary medicine, we always joke about how everything comes in groups of 3. In the past week here at Berwick, we have seen firsthand why vaccinating your pet is so important, as we have seen 3 pets with potentially deadly diseases that are preventable through proper vaccinations. One of the cases was particularly challenging and while speaking with one of my Preventative Medicine professors from Ohio State, she stressed one very important fact: Vaccination saves lives.
For our canine patients, our recommended core vaccines will protect against Distemper, Adenovirus (Hepatitis), Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis, and Rabies. When we recommend these for your pet, we are not just looking to protect your pet but also to protect other pets. In the cases of Leptospirosis and Rabies, we are also looking to protect you! Leptospirosis and Rabies are both what are called zoonotic diseases, as they can be transmitted from your dog to you or to your family.
For our feline patients, our recommended core vaccines will protect against Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, and Rabies. Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus will often cause upper respiratory symptoms but can be very lethal to young kittens. Panleukopenia is actually the virus that Parvovirus in dogs mutated from many years ago. It can cause very low white blood cell counts leading to severe vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration and sadly, often in ending in death. Even indoor-only cats can be susceptible to these viruses, it is very important they maintain good level of protection through vaccines.
One thing many people don’t consider when vaccinating their pets is that the level of protection against these diseases that any newborn or young puppy/kitten will have is entirely dependent on the level of protection of the mother. If you have an intact female dog or cat and are considering breeding her, you need to make sure she is well-vaccinated before she becomes pregnant. The strength of her immunity against infectious diseases will determine the strength of the immunity of her offspring until they are old enough to be vaccinated themselves.
We’ve spoken in previous Staff Chats concerning the various vaccines we recommend - some of them are considered “non-core” vaccines, which we may recommend based upon the lifestyle of your furry family member. The vaccines discussed in this Staff Chat, however, are considered “core” vaccines – these vaccinations truly do save lives.
We offer both preventative care services (much like your visits to the dentist), along with dental x-rays and tooth extractions. Good oral hygiene is the best thing that you can do to ensure a longer life, with less health concerns, for your pet. Call us to schedule a dental exam or service.x
Laboratory services are a vital part of the diagnostic process when it comes to veterinarian care. This is because in many cases it is not possible to be able to give a firm diagnosis without undertaking additional tests to confirm the root of the problem. If you have any questions or concerns your vet will be happy to speak to you.x
This is the most effective way to assist in having your companion returned if they go missing. The microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades. When scanned, it provides information that assists in reuniting you with your furry friend!x
Congratulations on the newest member of your household - we can’t wait to meet them! Call us today to schedule an initial visit – our team will conduct a thorough physical exam, in addition to discussing nutrition, training, and medical care. We’ll be more than happy to answer any other questions you may have, as wellx
Laser therapy is a holistic, non-invasive treatment that reduces inflammation, decreases pain, and accelerates healing for a variety of conditions. It is useful as a post-surgical treatment, for acute conditions such as sprains, strains, and wounds, and chronic conditions such as degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis.x