Canine/Feline Vaccinations and Parasite Control
Preventative pet care is arguably one of the most important aspects of ensuring the health and happiness of a domestic animal. Two crucial elements of preventative pet care are vaccinations and parasite control – both of which we can manage here at our Las Vegas pet clinic. Here is what you need to know about these vital services.
What Are Vaccinations And How Do They Work?
Vaccinations have been proven to be the most effective way to protect our pets against the many infectious and contagious diseases that threaten their health and have saved the lives of countless animals across the world.
Despite being a core part of the pet and human care, very few people understand exactly how vaccinations work. Each vaccine that is produced is a ‘safe’ version of an infectious disease. It shares many characteristics of the disease but will not cause your pet any harm. When it is administered, it tricks your pet’s body into thinking that it is under attack, causing his immune system to produce antibodies that will fight the fake disease. His body will then cleverly remember how to fight it should he ever be exposed to the real disease in the future.
Vaccinations are only effective for a set period of time, usually between 12 and 36 months depending on the vaccine, before a further dose is required. For this reason, vaccinations are usually given on a strict schedule which will be determined by our veterinary team. If you have a kitten or puppy, you can expect him to undergo a series of vaccinations which contain smaller doses of the vaccine more frequently, to safely build up his immunity to disease.
Vaccinations for dogs and cats are typically divided into two categories. These are core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are given to all animals within the species irrespective of their age, health or other personal circumstances. Meanwhile, non-core vaccinations are only given if our veterinary team decides that your pet is at risk of developing them and would benefit from the preventative.
Core canine vaccinations: Canine Parvovirus, Distemper, Canine Hepatitis and Rabies
Non-core canine vaccinations: Bordetella (Kennel Cough), Lyme Disease, Leptospirosis, Canine Herpes Virus
Core feline vaccinations: Feline Distemper, Feline Calicivirus, Rhinotracheitis and Rabies
Non-core feline vaccinations: Feline Leukemia Virus, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Chlamydophilia Felis and Bordetella
Parasite Prevention For Your Pet
Parasites live on or inside your pet’s body and thrive by taking their nutrients directly from him. Although parasite infestations aren’t usually life-threatening (with the exception of heartworms), they can cause your pet to experience a range of unpleasant symptoms and make him feel very unwell. They can also lead to complications that could affect his wider health. Some of the key parasites that can affect your pet include:
Internal worms, including tapeworms, hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms which live in the digestive system.
Heartworms, which are a little different from other intestinal worms since they are spread by mosquitos and live in the blood vessels of the heart and lungs.
Fleas and ticks, which live on your pet’s skin and consume his blood.
Fortunately, there are a wide variety of different preventatives available. These come in a selection of different types, including oral medications, topical ‘spot-on’ preventatives, shampoos and lotions, collars and, in the case of heartworms, injectable medications. Exactly which preventative is best for your pet will depend on his age, breed and other unique factors. Our experienced and knowledgeable veterinary team will be able to make a recommendation for you, as well as advising you on a schedule for the administration of your chosen preventative. Again, it is essential that these are given as directed in order to ensure that your pet remains fully protected at all times.
If you would like more advice and support relating to preventative pet care, our friendly and experienced pet experts are on hand to help. Please contact Flamingo Pet Clinic in Las Vegas, NV today to speak to us or to arrange an appointment 702-734-9761!