Pet Preventive Care & Vaccines

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Pet Preventive Care & Vaccination in Elon, NC

At Elon Oaks Veterinary Hospital, we are dedicated to maintaining your pets’ health through comprehensive Preventive Care & Vaccines. Our team offers personalized care plans, routine check-ups, and timely vaccinations to detect and address potential health issues early. Trust us to provide expert and compassionate care, ensuring a long, healthy, and happy life for your furry friends.

Pet Regular Checkups

How Often Should a Pet Have Regular Checkups?

Puppies and kittens should have checkups every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks old. Adult pets need annual visits, while senior pets benefit from bi-annual checkups. These visits help monitor health and catch issues early.

Importance of Regular Checkups for a Pet’s Health

Regular checkups are crucial for early detection and prevention of health issues. They allow veterinarians to track health, provide vaccinations, and offer advice on diet and lifestyle, ensuring your pet lives a long, healthy, and happy life.

How to Prepare for a Checkup

Bring your pet’s medical history, a list of medications, and notes on any changes in behavior. Ensure your pet is calm and comfortable; a favorite toy or blanket can help. Fasting your pet may be necessary if blood work is planned.

Physical Exams: Checks eyes, ears, mouth, skin, coat, heart, and lungs to identify infections, dental problems, or abnormalities.

Fecal Exams: Detects parasites like worms through stool sample analysis, ensuring early treatment.

Parasite Prevention: Includes treatments for fleas, ticks, and heartworms to avoid infestations and related diseases.

Blood Work: Tests kidney and liver function, diabetes, and infections, allowing early detection and treatment of underlying issues.

Each checkup component is vital for maintaining your pet’s health and well-being.

Pet Vaccinations

Vaccinations are essential for preventing serious diseases in pets. They are typically divided into core and optional (non-core) vaccines.

Core and Optional Vaccines

Core Vaccines:

  • Rabies: Protects against the rabies virus, which is fatal and can spread to humans. Required by law in many areas.
  • Distemper: Protects against a virus that affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems.
  • Parvovirus: Protects against a highly contagious virus causing severe gastrointestinal illness.
  • Adenovirus (Canine Hepatitis): Protects against infectious canine hepatitis, affecting the liver.

Optional Vaccines:

  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough): Recommended for dogs that frequent boarding kennels, dog parks, or grooming facilities.
  • Leptospirosis: Recommended for pets exposed to wildlife or who live in areas with high rodent populations.
  • Lyme Disease: Recommended for dogs in areas where ticks are prevalent.
  • Canine Influenza: Protects against canine flu, recommended for dogs in high-risk environments.

Puppies and Kittens Vaccines

Puppies:

  • Canine Distemper: Protects puppies from distemper, a severe viral illness.
  • Parvovirus: Administered in a series to ensure puppies are protected against this dangerous virus.
  • Adenovirus: Protects against infectious canine hepatitis.
  • Rabies: Usually given at 12-16 weeks.

Kittens:

  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (FVRCP): A combination vaccine protecting against three common and severe feline diseases.
  • Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV): Recommended for all kittens and at-risk adult cats.
  • Rabies: Usually given at 12-16 weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Happens if You Don’t Vaccinate Your Pet?
Not vaccinating your pet increases the risk of contracting and spreading severe diseases, some of which are fatal and can spread to humans (e.g., rabies). It also puts other animals and people at risk and may lead to legal consequences.
At What Age Do You Stop Vaccinating Your Pet?
Vaccination schedules for senior pets may change, but they typically continue to receive core vaccines throughout their lives. The frequency might be reduced based on your veterinarian’s advice, considering the pet’s health status and lifestyle.