At the Festival Animal Clinic in Centennial, CO, we provide care for your pet through all stages of life. It is important that your puppy or kitten is as healthy as possible from the beginning.
Each puppy should receive a few core vaccine to prevent diseases which can be life threatening. These vaccines are usually started at 6-8 weeks of age and include a Distemper-Parvo (DA2PP) vaccine which is boostered every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age. Rabies vaccination is also given at this time and is required by law. Other vaccines may be recommended if your pet is around other pets, travels with you, goes to dog parks or stays at boarding facilities, etc. These vaccines include Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Leptospirosis. There is a Rattlesnake vaccine available but we do not routinely recommend this vaccine. Talk to your pet’s veterinarian about your pet’s lifestyle so they may recommend the vaccines your pet needs to stay healthy.
All kittens should be tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) as soon as they are adopted. Kittens also need a few core vaccines, starting around 6-8 weeks of age. These may include: the FVRCP (upper respiratory viruses and feline distemper), Rabies vaccination, and FELV vaccination depending on your cat’s lifestyle.
Both puppies and kittens should also be dewormed. This involves a simple injection or oral medication, sometimes multiple times, in order to break the parasite’s life cycle.
Because not all types of gastrointestinal (GI) parasites will be destroyed by deworming medication, it is also important to test your pet’s stool to ensure no other parasites exist. Some GI parasites (like Roundworms) are contagious to humans. A quick and easy fecal exam can protect your pets and your family. Giardia and coccidia are two pathogens we commonly see here in Colorado.
Flea and tick medication is an important part of keeping your pet healthy. Fleas and ticks can carry parasites that can make your puppy or kitten very sick. It is easy to protect them with monthly flea and tick prevention. The last few years we have been seeing more and more pets infested with fleas.
Heartworm prevention comes in an easy to give chewable treat, or a quick squirt on the back. Protecting your pet from a life threatening disease has never been so simple! The heartworm preventive also includes a monthly dewormer for hookworms, roundworms and whipworms.
Since pets age faster than we do, it’s easy to forget that they can be considered seniors after just seven years. And as they get older, their health needs change in unique ways that require proper consideration.
We will work with you to develop a health plan that is right for the unique needs of your senior pet. Nutrition, exercise, and the prevention of common problems through regular exams are all ways to help your senior pet stay healthy and comfortable.
As a pet owner, you want to make sure your pet has the highest quality of life as they age. With proper care, they may even get more time to spend with you and your family, so educating pet owners on proper senior pet care is very important.