Vaccinations and Parasite Prevention
To prevent infectious diseases and chronic illnesses, it’s essential for your pet to get the full array of recommended pet vaccines. At Germantown Parkway Animal Hospital, we give vaccines to puppies and dogs — kittens and cats — four-legged friends of all ages.
For puppies, we recommend vaccines starting at six to eight weeks of age and ranging up to 24 months, depending on which illness the inoculation is designed to prevent.
For cats and kittens, we recommend that all felines be vaccinated, regardless of whether they are indoor or outdoor pets. Even indoor kittens can come in contact with infectious diseases from other animals, so we recommend a vaccine schedule every four weeks from six weeks of age to 16 weeks.
Fleas, Ticks and Heartworms: Parasite Prevention
The effect of parasites on your pet can range from bothersome to fatal, so it’s a good idea to take preventive measures that stop parasites before they infest or infect your pet. At Germantown Parkway Animal Hospital, we know that parasites are relatively easy to prevent, yet once they take hold, very difficult to get rid of why. That’s why we offer the very best in:
- Flea Control and Prevention
Fleas cause itching in pets, but even worse, they carry a number of harmful diseases. We’ll screen for them during your pet’s wellness exam, and if we find them, prescribe potent medications to eliminate them from your pet and home.
- Tick Control and Prevention
Ticks carry Lyme Disease, a potentially debilitating disease that affects both pets and humans. They also carry other dangerous diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever—so for every pet that ventures outdoors, we recommend anti-tick preventive measures such vaccines, collars or oral medications, as necessary.
- Heartworm Prevention
Heartworm is a potentially fatal disease that can affect both dogs and cats—with heartworms growing to be up to a foot long as they reside in the animal host’s heart, lungs or circulatory system. Prevention is critical and can be accomplished with regular blood testing and effective heartworm prevention medications.