Which vaccines are due?
Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:03
What vaccinations does my pet need?
Not all pets need to be vaccinated against every disease. Your pet’s lifestyle will determine which diseases your pet is at risk for and our veterinarians will develop a protocol that meets the needs of your pets. Vaccines are safer and more effective than years before, and some have been proven to protect your pet longer thus reducing the need for all vaccines to be given every year.
Vaccines fall into two categories; core and noncore vaccines. Core vaccines are essential for the health of your pet. The diseases that core vaccines protect your pet from are widespread and highly infectious. Core vaccines for dogs include Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus and Kennel Cough. Core vaccines for cats include Rabies, Calcivirus, Rhinotracheitis, Panleukopenia, and Chlamydiosis. By law every pet needs to be vaccinated against Rabies due to its zoonotic potential, meaning it can be transmitted to humans from animals, and because it is fatal.
Noncore vaccines include highly infectious diseases as well, but some dogs may not be at risk. These vaccines include Lyme disease, Leptospirosis, and Canine Influenza for dogs. Cats that go outdoors are especially at risk for Feline Leukemia. An accurate discussion about your pet’s lifestyle is crucial for determining your pet’s risk for these potentially deadly diseases.
Only after a thorough physical exam and a discussion of your pet’s lifestyle will your pet receive the necessary vaccines at Midway Animal Hospital to keep them healthy. Vaccinating an unhealthy pet can be detrimental to that pet’s health and your pet may not be able to produce antibodies that will protect your pet from disease. Some pets can have allergic reactions to vaccines, and they can range from fever, pain, and swelling to an anaphylactic reaction. Most reactions are mild and resolve within a day. If your pet has reactions, there are medications that can be given prior to vaccination to reduce the chance of the reactions.
Vaccinations are recommended for all pets to prevent deadly diseases and all pets should be kept current in order to be fully protected from disease. Your pet’s lifestyle will determine just what vaccines your pet will need to stay healthy and our doctors will create an individual plan for your pet.
Senior Wellness Pet Care
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever before. However with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the types of ailments that can afflict senior pets. As pets reach the golden years, there are a variety of conditions and diseases that they can face, including weight and mobility changes; osteoarthritis; kidney, heart, and liver disease; tumors and cancers; hormone disorders such as diabetes and thyroid imbalance; and many others.
Just as the health care needs of humans change as we age, the same applies to pets. It’s critical for pet owners to work closely with their veterinarian to devise a health plan that is best for their senior pet.
Wellness Blood Test Screening
The health and well-being of your four-legged family member are our priorities. Our pets cannot tell us what they need or how they feel. That is why preventive care is so important; it helps us stop problems before they happen. A vital service to safeguard your pet’s health is our Wellness Blood Test Screening. These tests permit us to assess each pet’s internal health. Studies show 10% of adult pets and over 20% of senior pets (7 years and older) have abnormal results revealed only through these wellness screens.
New Digital Radiography Services
Midway Animal Hospital is very happy to announce that we now offer Digital Radiography Services. This state-of-the-art system replaces traditional Xray Film and greatly improves the quality of our imaging services.
Understanding your pet’s blood work
Blood tests help us determine causes of illness accurately, safely, and quickly and let us monitor the progress of medical treatments. A checkmark in any box indicates a significant abnormal finding on your pet’s blood work. If you have questions, ask any staff member. We want you to understand our recommendations and be a partner in your pet’s care.