A Healthy Pet Is a Happy Pet
Every loving pet owner wants their four-legged friend to live a long, healthy life, and one of the best ways to make that happen is with preventive care. We recommend that you bring your pet in for a preventive wellness exam at least twice a year. For senior pets, we may recommend more frequent visits, due to the added health risks that come with age. Another important part of preventive care is pet vaccinations, which help prevent certain viruses and diseases.
Attention Dog Owners:
There has been an outbreak of the canine influenza virus (CIV) in Central Florida. This virus is extremely contagious and can live on clothes and other surfaces for up to 4 days. Approximately 20% of dogs shedding and spreading this virus show no clinical signs of illness. We recommend that all at-risk be vaccinated yearly to protect against both the H3N2 and H3N8 strains of CIV.
Merck has recently launched the first and only CIV vaccine containing both strains of the virus, the Nobivac® Canine Flu Bivalent. Dogs 7 weeks and older can be vaccinated, and must receive their second dose in 3-4 weeks. Annual boosters are strongly recommended.
Update: CIV hasn’t just been breaking out in Florida—the H3N2 strain of the virus has been diagnosed in at least 10 other states since May; this includes Georgia, North and South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, and Illinois.
If you’re planning to travel with your pet, make sure they’ve received their flu vaccinations, or contact us right away to schedule them.
About Your Pet’s Exam
Every pet exam in our Cooper City clinic consists of a comprehensive check of the body, including weight, heart rate, and temperature. We take note of any abnormalities we find, whether it’s tartar buildup, dandruff, or weight loss/gain. If necessary, we’ll discuss our recommendations for treatment (weight management, etc.) or additional diagnostics (X-rays, blood work, etc.). We’ll also discuss your pet’s need for parasite prevention.
Please feel free to let us know about any changes that you’ve noticed in your pet that we wouldn’t be able to detect during these visits. Has your pet been eating less than usual? Do they seem to be uncomfortable when they walk or goes upstairs? Are they noticeably less active? Whatever the change is, we want to know about it during your pet’s wellness exam.
Pet Vaccinations in Cooper City
Having your pet vaccinated on a regular basis helps protect them from certain serious and even potentially fatal diseases and viruses. This is why we recommend that you include a vaccination plan with your pet’s preventive care plan. We typically administer the following core (essential) vaccines for our patients:
- Distemper (D)
- Hepatitis (H)
- Parvovirus (P)
- Parainfluenza (P)
- Feline rhinotracheitis virus (FVR)
- Calicivirus (C)
- Panleukopenia (P)
- Feline leukemia
Give us a call at 954-432-6230 if you need to schedule a pet exam or pet vaccinations in Cooper City, or if you have any questions about these services. And remember, the best way to treat an illness for your pet is to prevent it.