Routine Preventative Care
Routine Preventative Care
Younger pets should have a full physical exam annually. Older pets should come for an exam once every six months and sooner if a problem arises.
Our vaccination protocol is customized to each pet’s personal exposure and risk. We educate our clients about the various vaccinations available and then determine if the benefits of inoculation outweigh the risks. Routine vaccines for dogs include: Rabies, Distemper combo (distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, hepatitis, and parainfluenza), Leptospirosis, Lyme, and Bordetella (Kennel Cough vaccine). Routine vaccines for cats include Rabies, Distemper combo (Panleukopenia, Calici, and Rhinotracheitis), and Leukemia.
Deworming and Fecal Checks
Parasitic zoonoses are diseases caused by parasites. While we normally associate parasites, such as roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms with cats and dogs, people can accidentally be infected with the same parasites. Regular deworming is the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites from pets to people. It also prevents the shedding of parasite eggs, which contaminate yards or any place a pet defecates.
We recommend that every pet receive two rounds of broad spectrum deworming at least once annually. The two rounds are set three weeks apart. Puppies, kittens, and pets that test positive for internal parasites may require several rounds of deworming.
All kittens should be tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodefiency Virus (FIV). This test should be repeated annually for all cats that have previously tested positive, go outdoors, or have symptoms.
Did you know?
Florida and Texas have more heartworms than any other states in the United States? Dogs must be tested yearly to ensure the preventatives are working. Cats need no test unless they are ill because one worm can cause feline asthma and emphysema without even showing on a test. All cats in Florida, whether indoor or out, must take monthly heartworm preventative.
We also recommend comprehensive bloodwork annually for all pets over the age of seven. The Antech laboratories, the lab that processes over 80% of the lab work for the IUS, reports that 1 out of 3 cats and dogs 7 or older has abnormalities on the blood work without showing any signs of illness.
We recommend that all dogs and cats be on yearly prevention for heartworm, fleas, and many need tick prevention. . We are a licensed hospital pharmacy and dispense a variety of preventatives and would be happy to help you determine which is best for your companion. The preventatives come in pills, treats, and topical spot-on products. There’s even an effective tick prevention collar for dogs.
Call All Pet Care Hospital today to get rid of bugs and start ensuring a healthy future for your pet! 727-442-9111.
All Pet Care Hospital
1453 Sunset Point Road