Be Proactive About Protecting Your Pet
When it comes to preventive health and wellness, vaccinating your pet is essential. In general, the following are important for every cat and dog:
- Rabies (both cats and dogs)
- Canine distemper
- Canine hepatitis
- Canine leptospirosis
- Canine parvovirus infection
- Canine parainfluenza
- Feline panleukopenia
- Feline calicivirus infection
- Feline distemper
- Feline leukemia
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis
We also make specific recommendations tailored to the needs of your individual pet.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are a major concern, and the potential health problems they bring are significant. Flea and tick products generally fall into one of two categories: neurotoxic insecticides or insect growth regulators (IGR). Using one of these products regularly can protect your pet from discomfort and disease and can stop the spread of illness among people and animals.
Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal condition caused by foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs, and related blood vessels. While dogs are more prone to heartworm than cats, an effective treatment option exists for dogs. However, the same medication cannot be used in cats, making prevention crucial to felines. We generally recommend having your pet tested annually since early detection is always the best defense against infection.
Most intestinal parasites are not visible to the naked eye, therefore we screen for infection via microscopic analysis in our laboratory. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends fecal analyses be performed 2-4 times in the first year of life for puppies and kittens and 1-2 times per year for adults.
A number of heartworm preventives are also effective against certain intestinal parasites. Depending on the product, this may include hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, or tapeworms. However, no single treatment can eliminate every parasite, and we recommend consulting your veterinarian to determine what’s appropriate for your pet.
Which Product is the Best?
For every pet, the best product is the one that accounts for his or her lifestyle and addresses parasites common to where you live. At Companion Animal Hospital, we’re happy to discuss the pros and cons of products and are proud to offer competitive values on parasite preventives through our pharmacy.
On the Web
American Heartworm Society:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Companion Animal Parasite Council:
WebMD Pet Health Center: