Vaccination and Parasite Prevention

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Vaccination and Parasite Prevention Services

The importance of vaccinations in your pet’s healthcare plan cannot be understated. Modern vaccination science goes far beyond rabies and distemper shot. Today, vaccines can protect your pet from many illnesses:

For Cats: feline leukemia, respiratory diseases, and rabies
For Dogs: canine distemper, rabies, parvovirus, respiratory diseases, kennel cough (bordetella), leptospirosis, Lyme disease, canine influenza, and more

Prevention and Control

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are a major concern, and the potential health problems they cause are significant. Flea and tick products generally fall into two categories: neurotoxic insecticides or insect growth regulators (IGR). Using one of these products regularly can protect your pet from discomfort and disease and stop the spread of illness among animals and people.

Heartworms

Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal condition caused by foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs, and related blood vessels. While dogs are more prone to heartworm infestations than cats, an effective treatment option exists for dogs. However, the same medication cannot be used in cats, making prevention critical to felines. We generally recommend having your pet tested annually since early detection is always the best defense against infection.

Intestinal Parasites

Most intestinal parasites are not visible to the naked eye; therefore we screen for infection via microscopic analysis in our laboratory. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends fecal analyses be performed 2-4 times in the first year of life for puppies and kittens and 1-2 times per year for adults.

Several heartworm preventives are also effective against certain intestinal parasites. Depending on the product, this may include hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, or tapeworms. However, no single treatment can eliminate every parasite, and we recommend consulting your veterinarian to determine what is appropriate for your pet.

Which Product is the Best?

The short answer is, “it depends.” For every pet, the best product is the one that accounts for his or her lifestyle and addresses parasites common to where you live. At Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital, we’re happy to discuss products’ pros and cons and are proud to offer competitive values on parasite preventives through our pharmacy.

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