Spring is on it’s way! Well, we hope it is at least. With that comes more outdoor time with our pets, and our pets’ furry friends. This is a great reminder to pet owners to plan a visit to their veterinarian for spring pet checkups. It is important your pet is up-to-date heading into this new season. Check out this information from our blog Springtime Health Check.
What spring pet checkups can look like
Beyond just vaccinations, additional healthcare may include a dental check-up, clipping nails, testing for heartworm and/or resuming a heartworm prevention program.
The veterinarian may also want to assess your pet’s overall health such as body condition. It’s also a great opportunity to mention any behavior your pet has exhibited that you have questions about. This could be a change in activity level, decreased alertness, persistent scratching of a body part, anything that may be unusual for your pet.
If your pet will be exposed to other pets on a regular basis (such as in a dog park or boarding kennel) then you may want to consider additional preventative vaccinations or flea control.
There are a variety of diseases which your pet can be vaccinated against. While no vaccine can guarantee an animal from getting sick, vaccines have been proven to be the simplest, safest and most effective way of protecting your pet.
Diseases to be vaccinated for
For dogs, the list of diseases for which they can be vaccinated for include:
- * Rabies
- * Distemper
- * Hepatitis
- * Parainfluenza
- * Parvo virus
- * Leptospirosis
- * Lyme Disease
- * Corona virus
- * Bordetella
- * Giardia
For cats, the list includes:
- * Feline calicivirus
- * Panleukopenia
- * Feline leukemia
- * Ringworm
- * Chlamydia
- * Feline rhinotracheitis
- * Bordatella
- * Feline infectious peritonitis
- * FIV
- * Giardia
(List excerpted from the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association)
Your veterinarian will be able to determine which vaccines are necessary for your pet. Additionally, they may suggest other vaccines depending on your geographic location and exposure to wildlife and other pets.
Why worry about vaccines?
It is important to note that preventative healthcare is the best kind of healthcare, and avoiding or delaying routine veterinary checks or vaccines could cause major health problems down the road, as well as extremely costly emergency vet care.
A useful tool is to have a record of your pet’s healthcare, which includes a list of vaccinations as well as dates administered, any trips to the vets and any illnesses or medications prescribed by your veterinarian. It can be also helpful to keep track of your pet’s weight and current diet, as the information can be extremely helpful down the road if your pet becomes ill.
It is very important to have a healthcare routine for your pet, to keep them active and healthy in your home. If you haven’t been to your veterinarian in a while, now is the time to make an appointment. Preventative healthcare is important, and your pet will thank you for it!