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The benefits of vaccination are usually considered to far outweigh the relatively small risk of vaccine-related adverse effects. Allergic reactions to vaccination and local, injection-site irritation are uncommon, but they do occur. On rare occasions, dogs may develop tumors (fibrosarcomas) … Continue reading
Immunity to most infectious diseases gradually decline so periodic re-vaccination is generally necessary. Frequency of vaccination is dependent on your dog’s lifestyle, age and risk of disease exposure. Your veterinarian can determine the appropriate vaccination interval based on your pet’s … Continue reading
Nursing puppies ingest immunizing antibodies from their mother. These maternal antibodies provide early protection against infectious disease. However, they also neutralize the immunizing agents in vaccines. Maternal antibodies naturally decline during the first 3 to 4 months of life and … Continue reading
Vaccines contain killed or modified live forms of viruses or bacteria. They stimulate production of protective antibodies in immunocompetent animals that neutralize the natural virus or bacteria if the animal is later exposed. Although vaccines provide protection against infectious disease, … Continue reading
All dogs are at risk of exposure to various infectious diseases, even if they spend most of their time indoors. Some infectious diseases are life-threatening while others, like rabies, also pose a public health risk. Vaccination to prevent common infectious … Continue reading
There is no substitute for regular visits to your veterinarian to detect disease in its early stages, and to implement vaccination, parasite prevention, dental hygiene and other programs that safeguard your pet from costly and sometimes fatal diseases.
Q. Our cat is nine years old and still has a very active spirit. What things can we do to try to make sure that she’s with us for another nine years?
This is a great age to be thinking about potential health concerns so that we may catch problems earlier rather than later. Your girl certainly needs a thorough exam to evaluate for dental disease, heart murmurs, growths (internally or externally), … Continue reading
Q. I have 4 cats:Two are 17 yrs old, one is 5 and one is 3. Now my 17 yr olds are not using the litter box, not eating regularly and are lethargic. Now my younger two are “seeking out” one of the older ones to fight, which never has happened before until this past month. All of them are female, spayed, and do not go outside. Is it time to “let” the older girls go to pet “heaven”?
I sympathize with your difficulty with multiple cats sharing a household especially if there is a significant difference in ages it is very common to have some cats be more assertive and “bully” others. If they have lived together for … Continue reading
Q. Do you use inactivated, non adjuvanted rabies vaccines? How is the one year “safer” than the three year and does the latter meet the county requirement for the period it is effective?
We utilize an inactivated, non-adjuvanted rabies vaccine for cats because this vaccine is less likely to stimulate an inflammatory response at the site of the injection that could, in rare cases, trigger the development of a potentially life-threatening fibrosarcoma tumor. … Continue reading
Q. Hi I have a Leopard Gecko who’s eyes are not opening. I’ve been putting saline in and around the eyes for about a week. What can I do to get them open?
Common causes for eye problems in geckos include bacterial infections (many times bacteria from the mouth travel up the tear duct into the eyes), shedding problems, and foreign bodies. Each of these problems would be treated quite differently. The first … Continue reading