Archive for February, 2012

Intestinal Parasite Prevention Recommendations

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

That one thing nobody wants to think about. A dreaded parasite. We certainly wouldn’t want our pets to have to suffer with something as horrific as having worms or other parasites living inside of them. Here are some ideas and recommendations to help with Parasite Prevention to help protect our beloved animals.

For optimal intestinal parasite prevention:

All puppies and kittens should receive Strongid at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age.  This dewormer treats roundworms, the parasite we are most concerned with in very young pups.

At 8 weeks of age all puppies should be started on Heartgard Plus, which contains a dewormer.

At 8-10 weeks of age all kittens should receive Drontal and all puppies not starting Heartgard Plus should receive Drontal Plus.  Drontal and Drontal Plus treat roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms.

We recommend a fecal test at 12 weeks of age to ensure the intestinal parasites have been cleared.

All dogs and cats should have a fecal test annually and treated with Drontal (cats) or Drontal Plus (dogs) as appropriate based on fecal results.

If you have any questions or want to set up an appointment to have your animal checked or treated for parasites, Contact Us today!

 

 

 

Flea Control Recommendations

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Let’s face it. Fleas are just terrible. Nobody wants to be bitten by blood thirsty fleas, and we don’t want our pets to suffer from them either. And considering the rate at which they can spread, Flea Control is very important for your family and your pets. Not to mention fleas can carry other parasites and diseases, which just makes matters worse.

Here’s a few tips to help you with Flea Control: 

  • Flea control can be individually specified to the area in which the pet lives.
  • We recommend Frontline Plus for dogs and cats.  It controls both fleas and ticks.
  • We recommend applying it once a month, as needed to control external parasites.
  • Pets allergic to fleas should be on Frontline Plus year-round, as a single flea bite can cause an allergic reaction.
  • Year-round flea control also helps in the prevention of tapeworm infestation, as tapeworms can be carried by fleas.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding how to prevent or eliminate fleas in your home, feel free to Contact Us today!

Heartworm Prevention Recommendations

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Heartworm Prevention is a very important problem for dogs, but one that can be prevented if the right steps are taken. At St. Francis 24 Hr. Animal Hospital, we recommend year-round protection for heartworms with Heartgard Plus for dogs.  Not only does this once-a-month medication protect your pet from heartworms, a very serious infection, it also prevents roundworms and hookworms, the common intestinal parasites in dogs.

These are the Heartworm Prevention recommendations from the American Heartworm Society:

  • All puppies should be started on Heartgard Plus at 8 weeks of age.
  • Puppies started on Heartgard after 8 weeks of age should have a blood test 6  months after the initial dose to confirm they are heartworm negative, then tested annually thereafter.
  • Dogs 7 months of age or older should have  a blood test before starting on Heartgard, then tested annually thereafter.
  • Dogs should remain on Heartgard year-round.

Pet Vaccination Recommendations

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Pet Vaccination Recommendations  at St. Francis 24 Hr Animal Hospital

DOGS

DHLPPC – Distemper combination

            Distemper – eye/nose discharge progressing to neurologic disease

            Hepatitis – liver infection

            Leptospirosis – kidney infection

            Parainfluenza – respiratory infection

            Parvo – intestinal infection

            Corona – intestinal infection

Bordatella – kennel cough, upper respiratory infection

Rabies – neurologic disease

Dogs under 16 weeks:

            DHLPPC every 3 weeks starting at 6 weeks, until at least 16 weeks old.

            Bordetella – intranasal at 12-16 weeks old, good for 6 mo.

            Rabies – at 12-16 weeks.  1st vaccine good for a year.

Dogs over 16 weeks with inadequate vaccine history

            DHLPPC now and repeat in 3 weeks.

            Bordetella – intranasal good for 6 mo.

            Rabies – 1st vaccine good for a year.

Dogs over 16 weeks due for yearly vaccinations

            DHLPPC – once yearly.

            Bordetella – intranasal every 6 months or annually if SQ

            Rabies – after 1st vaccine, once every 3 years.

 

CATS

FVRCPC – Feline distemper combination

            Feline viral rhinotracheitis – upper respiratory infection

            Calici virus – upper respiratory infection

            Panleukopenia – multiple signs related to suppression of all blood cells

            Chlamydia – upper respiratory and ocular signs

FeLV – Feline leukemia – immune system suppression

Rabies – neurologic disease

Cats under 16 weeks:

            Feline Leukemia blood test recommended for all kittens.

            FVRCP every 3 weeks starting at 6 weeks until at least 15 weeks old.

            FeLV starting at 12 weeks, for a series of two vaccines 3 weeks apart.

            Rabies at 12-16 weeks old.  1st vaccine good for a year.

Cats over 16 weeks with inadequate vaccine history:

            Feline Leukemia blood test recommended.

            FVRCP now and repeat in 3 weeks.

            FeLV now and repeat in 3 weeks.

            Rabies now, 1st vaccine good for a year.

Cats over 16 weeks due for yearly vaccines:

            FVRCP once yearly

            FeLV once yearly if an outdoor or indoor/outdoor cat.

            Rabies – after 1st year, once every 3 years.