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Protecting Your Pet’s Health

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Vaccinations

Vaccinations are a critical part of your pet’s health care plan and can protect him or her against most major infectious diseases. In general, we believe the following are essential for every cat or dog:

The staff at Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital will make specific recommendations regarding the best vaccination schedule for your pet.

Parasite Prevention

Cats and dogs are susceptible to a number of parasitic infections, several of which are zoonotic (possess the ability to infect people as well as animals). Parasite prevention is not only important for the health of your pet but also for the health of your whole family.

Flea and Tick Products

Fleas and ticks can cause serious disease conditions. Products generally fall into one of two categories: neurotoxic insecticides or insect growth regulators (IGR). Neurotoxic insecticides target adult fleas and ticks and work by paralyzing the insects before neutralizing them. IGR’s target parasites in the early stages of life by preventing the development of eggs into larvae.

Treatments can also be delivered in a variety of ways including collars, topical creams, powders, sprays, oral medications, and shampoos. With all these choices, you can trust our veterinarians to help you find the best product for your pet’s lifestyle.

Heartworm Disease

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, there is an effective treatment regimen for dogs. However, the same medication cannot be used in cats, so prevention is the only way to fully protect them against the disease. We generally recommend having your pet tested annually since early detection efforts are the best defense against an infection.

Approved preventive treatments work by targeting parasites in their larval stages of growth and eliminating them before they can mature. It’s extremely important that heartworm medication be administered on schedule. If given too late, larvae may have time to develop into adults, at which point preventive treatments are no longer effective.

Intestinal Parasites

Most intestinal parasites are not clearly visible in feces, therefore we screen for infection via microscopic analysis in our laboratory. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends a fecal analysis be performed two to four times during the first year of life for puppies and kittens and one to two times per year for adults.

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

Which Product is the Best?

For every pet, the best product is the one that accounts for his or her lifestyle and addresses parasites common to where you live. The team at Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital is equipped to discuss the pros and cons of any treatment, and we’re proud to offer competitive values on flea, tick, and heartworm products available through our pharmacy.

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