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Good Health is The Key to Your Pet’s Happiness
When you love your pets, you want to keep them happy. Preventative pet care is the first step. Good pet health isn’t just a good idea, it’s an important key to your pet’s happiness.
At Hebron Veterinary Hospital we believe that preventative pet care is important for both you and your pet. Annual wellness exams give us an opportunity to diagnose and treat conditions early. They allow us to administer the vaccinations that prevent problems before they begin. Preventative pet care helps keep you confident that you’re taking good care of your pet.
What Happens During a Wellness Exam?
Your initial preventative pet care visit establishes a routine that you should continue throughout your pet’s lifetime. We recommend scheduling your first visit when your pet is 6 to 8 weeks old. We conduct your pet’s first examination. We also discuss their lifestyle and develop an individualized vaccination program.
During each annual wellness visit, our doctors conduct a physical exam, an otoscopic ear exam, and an ophthalmic exam. We do a fecal exam to check for parasites and a blood test to check for heartworms. We recommend vaccinations based on your pet’s age and lifestyle exposures.
Your Pet’s Vaccination Program
We recommend core vaccinations for all pets. We advise non-core vaccinations based on needs, lifestyle risks, and exposures. The schedules and vaccinations vary for cats and dogs.
Core Canine Vaccinations
Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus - DHPP protects against four viruses that attack multiple organs: vaccination at 8 weeks, booster every 3-4 weeks until 15-16 weeks, then at 1 year and every 3 years thereafter.
Rabies - Rabies vaccinations are legally required for your puppy’s town registration: vaccination at 12-16 weeks, booster at 1 year, then every 3 years as long as you own your pet.
Canine Non-Core Vaccinations
Bordetella - Kennel Cough vaccine is required by kennels and grooming facilities. It prevents a highly contagious respiratory disease. We provide the nasal vaccine with optimum protection at 72 hours after dosage.
Lyme - Helps prevent the transmission of Lyme Disease from ticks, which can cause musculoskeletal, neurologic, and kidney problems in pets. For maximum protection, we recommend an annual vaccination.
Leptospirosis – Prevents fatal kidney and liver bacterial diseases found in urine contaminated water sources outside. Recommended for at-risk dogs: vaccination 12-16 weeks, boosters 3-4 weeks later, then annually.
Canine Influenza Vaccine - CIV protects against highly contagious respiratory diseases due to contamination at kennels and daycare facilities. Some facilities require CIV before pet admittance: vaccination, set of 2 vaccines, 2-3 weeks apart then annually based on risk.
Feline Core Vaccinations
Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia - FVRCP is a “distemper” combination vaccine that protects indoor and outdoor cats: vaccination at 8 weeks, booster every 3-4 weeks until 15-16 weeks, then at 1 year and every 3-years.
Rabies - We offer new Feline Purevax Rabies a nonadjuvanted recombinant technology cat vaccine with none of the added proteins or adjuvants that can be problematic for cats.
Feline Non-Core Vaccinations
Feline Leukemia - We recommend FeLV for all indoor and outdoor kittens. Feline leukemia suppresses the immune system. It causes illness and death among young cats and can contribute to lymphoma and other infections and diseases: vaccinations: 2-vaccine series at 9 weeks, then 3-4 weeks apart, and annually for at-risk cats.
A Family-Centered Practice
At Hebron Veterinary Hospital, we love seeing your pets healthy and happy. When your pet is well, they have the energy to run, jump and play. And that helps to keep you happy too.