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Wellness and Vaccination Programs
Help us keep your pet healthy by bringing him or her in for regular checkups and vaccinations. Dogs and cats age far faster than people, so significant changes in your pet’s health can happen in a short time. Wellness programs allow us to diagnose diseases early, when they’re easier to treat or manage. Often, we can help prevent diseases entirely, just by ensuring that your pet has received appropriate vaccinations and preventives. We recommend that healthy adult dogs and cats visit us once a year. Puppies, kittens, senior pets, and pets with health issues need more frequent checkups. We’ll work with you to create a wellness program, including a vaccination and prevention protocol, for your pet. Call us today to schedule your pet’s wellness exam.

Puppy Wellness and Vaccination Programs

Congratulations on your new puppy! Thank you for choosing us to care for your new family addition.

Our wellness program for Puppies is designed to help get your puppy started on the right way to a long and healthy life. The first few months period is critical in your puppy’s development, and we can give you the support necessary to help your puppy grow into a well-mannered, healthy dog, including our advice on nutrition, behavior, training, and socialization.

Call us today to schedule your puppy for his or her first exam. Your puppy is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases until he or she has been fully vaccinated and has received a series of the recommended vaccines. We will vaccinate your new dog with the core vaccines against canine diseases including parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies, among other diseases (noncore vaccines) such as Leptospirosis, Bordetella (causes kennel cough), and Borrelia burgdorferi (causes Lyme Disease). Our parasite control and prevention program help protect your puppy from the intestinal parasites which are very common in young dogs, Do not forget to bring a sample from your puppy stool to be examined for parasites.

Most newborns Puppies have roundworms (Ascariasis), infected Puppies may have diarrhea, vomiting, soft stool and other gastrointestinal signs older infected dogs may show no symptoms). Protect and treat your puppy from roundworms, and prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected. Roundworms are a zoonotic parasite, which means they can be transmitted to people from pets. Other parasites that frequently seen in Puppies Tapeworms, Coccidia species, Giardia, Whipworms, Hookworms (Ancylostoma), some of them are zoonotic too.

We look forward to meeting your new puppy! Call us today to schedule your appointment.


Kitten Wellness and Vaccination Programs

Congratulations on your new Kitten! Thank you for choosing us to care for your new family addition.

Our wellness program for Kittens is designed to help get your Kitten started on the right way to a long and healthy life. The first few months period is critical in your Kitten’s development, and we can give you the support necessary to help your Kitten grow into a well-mannered, healthy cat, including our advice on nutrition, behavior, training, litter box and socialization.
Schedule your kitten for his or her first exam as soon as possible. Until your kitten has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will vaccinate your new pet against rabies and panleukopenia (distemper). Depending on your cat’s risk, we may also advise vaccinating him or her against other diseases, such as feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). In addition, your kitten will need to be tested and treated for parasites, which are common in young cats.

Call us today to schedule your Kitten for his or her first exam. Your Kitten is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases until he or she has been fully vaccinated and has received a series of the recommended vaccines. We will vaccinate your new cat against feline diseases including panleukopenia (distemper), feline rhinotracheitis (Herpes virus), and Clicivirus ( cause upper respiratory infection) and rabies. Depending on your cat’s risk (whether indoor or outdoor), we may also recommend vaccinating him or her against other diseases, such as feline leukemia virus (FeLV). Our parasite control and prevention program help protect your Kitten from the intestinal parasites which are very common in young cats, Do not forget to bring a sample from your Kitten stool to be examined for parasites.

Most newborns Kittens have roundworms (Ascariasis), infected Kittens may have diarrhea, vomiting, soft stool and other gastrointestinal signs older infected cats may show no symptoms). Protect and treat your Kitten from roundworms, and prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected. Roundworms are a zoonotic parasite, which means they can be transmitted to people from pets. Other parasites that frequently seen in Kittens Tapeworms, Coccidia species, Giardia, Whipworms, Hookworms (Ancylostoma), some of them are zoonotic too.

We look forward to meeting your new Kitten! Call us today to schedule your appointment.

Adult Pet Wellness and Vaccination Programs

Bringing your pet in for an annual checkup can help reassure you that your dog or cat is healthy or help us detect early diseases or hidden conditions. Early detection helps your pet live longer by improving the prognosis and treatment success of many diseases, and also keep medical costs down. Depending on the disease, some pets don’t show any symptoms. Many dogs and cats are good at hiding signs that something is wrong.

Dogs and cats age quicker than humans, so it is even more crucial for our companion animals to receive regular checkup s. In addition, the risks of diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, hormone disorders and liver and kidney problems all increase with age.
During your pet’s wellness exam, our veterinarians will perform a physical & dental assessment, checking your dog or cat from nose to tail. We will also make sure your pet receives appropriate vaccinations and preventives. Also our veterinarians may perform tests, which may include blood work, fecal analysis, and urine tests to check for parasites and underlying diseases.
Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam!

Senior Pet Wellness
As dogs and cats get older, they may need more attention and special care. Our senior wellness program can help your pet remain healthy as he or she ages. It is easier to treat or manage, if we catch any potential problems earlier. Regular veterinary checkups can actually help your pet live longer.

As your pet ages the risks of arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, hormone disorders (such as hyperthyroid, hypothyroid, cushing, etc), and liver and kidney problems all increase.

Before your dogs or cat reaches senior status and turns 7 years of age, we recommend a baseline exam and diagnostic workup.  Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam!

Preventive Programs
Ticks, Fleas, and Heartworm
Your pets are an important part of your family. They play with your kids, cuddle in our laps for comfort, kiss our faces with affection. They share your home, and it is important to make sure they have all the protection you can give them. . Internal and external parasites are more than pests. Heartworms, fleas, ticks, and others can cause severe life-threatening conditions in your pet, and can also pose a great risk to the health of your family as well.  Some parasites and diseases can be transferred from an infected animal to humans.
A preventative program, recommended by our veterinarians, is the best way to ensure the health and safety of your entire family. They will also discuss recommended annual tests, such as Heartworm Testing, and explain their importance to the health and safety of your pet.
There are some basic tips that will help minimize the chance of a parasite infestation, and help keep your pet happy and healthy:
• Good personal hygiene- Keep your four-legged friend clean! Some long furred dogs require what is called a sanitary trim to keep their private parts clean after going to the bathroom. Pay attention to the eyes, ears, teeth, breathe, nails, and coat.
• Preventative flea, tick, and worm treatment annually
• Clean environment- clean up pet feces regularly, remove any standing water in the yard (refilling your pet’s bowl often with fresh water), wash pet bedding and cloth toys weekly.

Fleas Prevention and Control
Fleas can cause anything from minor itchy irritations, to serious life-threatening issues. Severe itching, allergies, anemia, tape worms, and other diseases can all be as a result of a flea infestation. Some animals even develop an additional irritation to the animal in the form of Flea Allergy Dermatitis, which is a developed allergy to a flea’s saliva.
Fleas are blood-sucking parasites, any animal with fur are susceptible to an infestation, and these pests often jump from their animal hosts and bite people. This is why protecting your pet from the multiple dangers of fleas is the best way for you to keep your family safe as well. There are a variety of preventatives to choose from, including topical or oral medication. Our veterinarian will speak to you to help you decide on the best preventative program for your pet, and the best treatment for an existing infestation. For more information, see our flea article.

Heartworm Prevention
Heartworm disease is a horrible thing for any animal to go through. It caused by Dirofilaria immitis and spread through mosquito bites, many animals are vulnerable because of the ease in which it can spread. Both cats and dogs can suffer from heartworms, but the treatment is different for both species. In very rare circumstances, heartworms have been known to spread to humans as well, once an infected animal is bitten by a mosquito and moves on to a human host.
Despite the severity of this disease, symptoms can vary widely with some animals not showing any visible symptoms up until the day they collapse. Each case is different, with many variables, so two animals may present with completely different severity.
Signs in dogs can range from coughing, fatigue, weight loss, difficulty breathing, and swollen abdomen (from fluid accumulation from heart failure). Heartworm in dogs can also lead to a life-threatening complication called “caval syndrome” which is a form of liver failure. Without prompt surgical intervention, this condition usually results in death.
Cats are less susceptible to heartworms, but they are still at risk. Heartworms in cats can cause a syndrome referred to as Heartworm-Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD), with subtle symptoms that can mimic those of asthma or allergic bronchitis. Other common signs are of respiratory distress, with fast or difficulty breathing, panting, wheezing. Other symptoms to look for are coughing, vomiting (usually unrelated to eating) and loss of weight and appetite.
The diagnosis of heartworm in cats is more difficult than in dogs, and treatment for both species can be expensive, and possibly dangerous. Depending on the original condition of the animal, a dog may not survive the heartworm treatment. There is no approved treatment for cats. The standard therapy for Feline Heartworm is veterinary care, with possible hospitalization, to help stabilize the animal’s condition and treat some secondary complications caused by the parasites.   

How to protect against heartworms
It is highly recommended that every cat and dog receive an annual heartworm testing, along with their regular annual exam. Even if your pet is on a monthly preventative, it is still important to get the testing done, because heartworms can take up to 7 months before they will show up positive on the test. Something as simple as being a few days late with the next month’s treatment, and you may not find out until next year’s test. Speak to our veterinarian about any questions you have about heartworm.

Ticks
Ticks are becoming more widespread in North America. In the recent years, areas safe from tick encounters in the past are suffering increasing infestations. Ticks can carry serious, sometimes deadly diseases, some which include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick paralysis. Even your indoor pet is at risk, as these parasites often catch a ride on someone’s clothing or body. Contact your vet immediately if you pet begins coughing, has joint pain, trouble breathing, fever, weakness, loss of weight and appetite, less energy, and problems with coordination.
Even while on the preventative, you may still find the occasional tick on your dog or cat. Some preventative treatments kill the ticks after they bite the animal. Others may be killed through contact with the skin of a protected pet, but hide under the fur. As an added measure of protection, it is recommended that you check your pets for ticks every time they come in from outside. Should you find a tick, it needs to be removed immediately. The longer it stays attached to the host, the greater the chance of spreading disease. Speak to our veterinarians if you see  any ticks to properly remove them. Do not crush, burn, or suffocate the tick, as this may help spread bacteria.

What tests are available for parasites?
Our veterinarian will be able to discuss any testing that is available to help diagnose or detect parasites. There are annual blood tests for heartworm and other blood born parasites, as well as fecal testing for internal parasites. Skin scrapings and swabs can be taken to determine external parasites like fleas or mites.

Brooker Ridge Animal Hospital

Veterinary Hospital Newmarket and Aurora

525 Brooker Ridge #107
Newmarket, ON L3X-2M2
T: 905-898-1010
E: vetsnewmarket@gmail.com

Hours:
Mon-Fri 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sun Closed

 


 
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