Animal hospital in Kelowna preventative pet care

Preventative Pet Care

Preventive care is the most important factor in maintaining your pet's health. Please view below to learn more about the preventive measures that should routinely be done for your pet.

Animal Hospital offers Flea and Tick Control services in Kelowna

Flea and Tick Control

Like most pet owners, you probably enjoy spending quality time with your pets both indoors and out. Don't leave them at risk for any unwelcome visits from pesky parasites like fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks can be very damaging to the human-animal bond, particularly when flea invasion gets out of control or when ticks hitch a ride with your pet. Not only can these unfriendly parasites make your pets extremely uncomfortable, they can pose grave health risks.

Since fleas can survive a cold winter by feeding on unprotected pets and ticks are active whenever it is warm enough outside for them to crawl about their surroundings, preventive measures should be taken year round. By undergoing measures to inhibit these outbreaks, the diseases these parasites transmit to pets and people can also be mitigated or prevented.

There are many safe and effective flea and tick control products available, and our veterinary team will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pets risk factors and health status. Once a year, it is important to discuss with your veterinarian which external pest control products are ideal for your household, based upon the everyday life of your pet.

Parasite Control

Intestinal parasites such as hookworms and roundworms can be a troublesome concern, especially for very young animals. Most puppies/kittens are born with worms and dogs/cats remain susceptible to the harmful parasites throughout their lives. Worms live inside your pet, making the symptoms difficult to pinpoint, and are therefore detected through a fecal analysis. Internal parasites can not only harm your pet, but many can also be transferred to children and adults, making them sick as well.

Our hospital performs a fecal analysis on all new puppies and kittens. If your pet does have a parasite problem, our veterinarians can provide you with different medications and treatments to remedy the problem and steer your pet back to good health. Preventive care and prescription heartworm medication are key, because of the damages presented by intestinal parasites to both pets and people. Our primary focus is to provide your pet with the safest and most effective ongoing preventive care.

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Parasite Control information at Kelowna Animal Hospital
Vaccine Protocol at Kelowna Animal Hospital

Vaccine Protocols

Vaccinations are vital to the health and protection of your pet, and serve as a preventive measure to combating viral diseases like Parvovirus, Parainfluenza virus, Distemper, Lyme, Panleukopenia, Feline Leukemia Virus and Rabies. Vaccinations are accompanied by a veterinarian consultation and examination to make certain that your pet's condition is stable enough to receive them.

Vaccinations help to combat diseases by exposing the pet's immune system to inactive or small amount of a particular form of bacteria or virus. Our doctors will help you decide which vaccines are appropriate for your pet's risk factors. Proper and timely administration is paramount to ensure for optimal protection. Vaccinations are particularly important to young animals that have immature immune systems. Vaccinations generally begin at 6-8 weeks of age and are given every three to four weeks until the series is completed.

Vaccinations

Canine Vaccine Schedule

Intervet/Schering-Plough, a drug company and major supplier of vaccine to the veterinary community has research backed studies and licensing for a 3 year canine Distemper, Parvovirus and Adenovirus vaccine which we have now switched over to.

Puppies will now only need 2 boosters. They will get their 1st vaccine at 8 weeks and a booster at 12 weeks for Distemper, Parvovirus and Adenovirus. Rabies and Kennel Cough vaccines will be given at 12 weeks of age as well depending on lifestyle and risks.

Adult dogs will still come in for yearly health checks and to decrease the antigen load per visit we will be staggering the Distemper, Parvo and Adeno vaccines individually as follows:

1 year- Rabies vaccine +/- Kennel Cough

2 years- Parvovirus +/_ Kennel Cough

3 years- Distemper/Adenovirus +/- Kennel Cough

4 years- Rabies +/- Kennel Cough then repeat from year 2. Kennel Cough is still a yearly vaccine.

**For every Distemper/Parvo/Adeno virus vaccine our clinic gives, Intervet/Schering-Plough will donate a dose of rabies vaccine to the Serengeti in an effort to decrease rabies related human deaths in Africa by vaccinating dogs there. Dog bites are the primary cause of human rabies contraction in Africa. So by vaccinating your dog responsibly you will also be vaccinating a dog in Africa, that’s pretty cool**

Feline Vaccine Schedule

Based on substantial research our doctors have opted to vaccinate cats on a 3 year schedule as well. Although the drug company that produces our cat vaccine, Pfizer, has not yet got licensing for a 3 year vaccine they have research supporting efficacy for that duration of time. We encourage you to read the recommendation from experts at The American Association of Feline Practitioners, UC Davis Veterinary and AAHA all supporting a 3 year vaccination schedule for cats.

Kittens will get Rhinovirus, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia +/- Feline Leukemia virus (dependent on lifestyle) vaccines at 8 and 12 weeks of age with Rabies given at 12 weeks as well.

Adult cats will still come in for their yearly health checks but the upper respiratory series of Rhinovirus, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia and Rabies will be done every 3 years. Feline leukemia will be given yearly for those cats considered at a high risk, such as, cats that go outdoors.

It is important to talk to your veterinary health professionals to determine your pet's risks and devise an optimal vaccine schedule.

Does My Pet Need a Rabies Vaccine?

We recommend that all animals be vaccinated against rabies. Rabies is a fatal disease that can affect all mammals including humans. There is no cure for rabies. It is estimated that 4% of the bat population in BC carries rabies. Some animals are at lower risk than others, indoor cats are at the lowest risk. However, we have had cases where a bat has flown into a client's home and the cat has batted it around.

Did you know that rabies is a federally reportable disease? What does this mean? Well if a veterinarian suspects an animal has contracted rabies or has been in contact with an animal that may have rabies (such as a bat) they have to report it to the government. This can result in lengthy quarantines and/or euthanasia of unvaccinated pets. We want to keep you and your pet safe from this zoonotic disease. Please feel free to call and talk to us if you have further questions.