Last updated 7 days ago
One of the most important things you can do for the health of your pet is to adhere to the vaccination schedule set out by your veterinarian. Vaccines protect your furry friends from dangerous illnesses so they can stay healthy, active members of your family for years to come. Your pets will also need to be up to date on their vaccines before most pet grooming and pet boarding companies will accept them. Here is a look at the vaccination schedules for cats and dogs.
There are four core cat vaccinations: rabies, feline distemper, feline herpesvirus, and calicivirus. The rabies vaccine can be given as early as eight weeks of age, with a booster after one year. After that, a booster is required every one to three years, depending on the type of vaccine used and state regulations. The other core vaccines are given as early as six weeks of age then repeated every three to four weeks until the kitten reaches 16 weeks. After that, there is a booster after one year and then revaccinations every three years. The feline leukemia virus vaccine, which is a non-core vaccine, can be given at eight weeks and then again three to four weeks later. After that, cats require annual boosters. Bordetella, another non-core vaccine, can be given at eight weeks and again two to four weeks later, and then repeated annually.
There are also four core dog vaccines: rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus. Rabies vaccines vary according to state regulations, but both the one-year and three-year vaccines can be given at three months. The one-year vaccine requires annual boosters while the three-year requires one additional vaccine at one year with boosters every three years thereafter. The other vaccines require three doses between the ages of six and 16 weeks, then another dose after one year with boosters every three years. There are a number of non-core vaccines available for dogs, including Lyme disease and kennel cough. Your vet will help you decide which ones are right for your dog.
Lake Emma Animal Hospital vets can help you stay on track with your pet’s vaccination schedule. For questions about pet vaccinations or for an appointment, call our animal hospital in Lake Mary, Florida, at (407) 792-3322.
Last updated 14 days ago
Dogs are social creatures who love to play. Finding playmates for your dog can keep her socially satisfied while giving her the chance to use up some energy and keep mental skills sharp. Your vet is a great source of advice as you build a social circle for your dog. These tips will also help.
Make Sure Your Dog Wants to Play
Dogs generally enjoy play as a rule, but not all dogs want to play with other dogs. Some dogs prefer to play with their human family members instead, while others may not feel like romping around as they get older. You can tell a lot about your dog’s attitude towards playmates by observing her behavior during your walks. Dogs who are eager to have pet friends will become excited when they see another dog and try to engage that dog in play on the spot. Dogs who want to be left alone may try to hide behind you or may growl or bare teeth at other dogs. Don’t try to force a dog that doesn’t want friends into playing, as you’ll cause anxiety that could make your pet become aggressive.
Consider Age, Sex, and Size
Dogs generally enjoy playing with other dogs in their same age group who can match their activity level, so try to pair your pet with another dog similar in age. It’s usually best to choose opposite-gender playmates, as dogs of the same sex often don’t get along—especially if they are close in age. Although large dogs often try to play gently with smaller dogs, they can still accidentally get too rough. Dogs of similar sizes make the safest playmates.
Listen to Your Dog
If you pay close attention, your dog will tell you which other dogs she likes best. Look for the dogs your pet plays with the longest and those she tries to avoid. These cues will help you choose the best playmates.
The vets at Lake Emma Animal Hospital can help you learn to read your dog’s behavior and learn healthy ways to train and socialize your pet. For all of your pet care needs, call our Lake Mary location today at (407) 792-3322.
Last updated 23 days ago
In dogs, the anal glands secrete a thick liquid that is believed to be used for marking territory. Problems with these glands are not uncommon and can be painful. Could anal gland problems be affecting your dog? This video explores the symptoms.
One of the most common signs of an anal gland problem is scooting. Dogs scoot when their anal glands are inflamed to try to relieve the discomfort. They may also lick and chew at their hindquarters excessively.
If you notice these symptoms, make an appointment with a vet at Lake Emma Animal Hospital. Left untreated, anal glands can become infected, so see the vet as soon as possible. To make an appointment at our Lake Mary animal hospital, call us at (407) 792-3322.
Last updated 27 days ago
Just like a healthy diet matters to you, nutrition is the foundation of good health for your pet. Building a good diet for your pet isn’t as simple as pulling food off a shelf and following the serving size guidelines on the box. At Lake Emma Animal Hospital, we’re committed to helping you keep your four-legged family members happy and healthy for years to come. This is why we offer nutritional counseling services to our clients.
Our vets can help you develop a personalized nutritional plan for your pet, including choosing the right food for both your pet’s needs and your budget. Our vets can also help you determine how much food your pet needs daily to maintain a healthy weight or to lose weight if obesity is an issue. We can also devise nutritional plans for dealing with illnesses like diabetes.
Tap into all of the resources available at Lake Emma Animal Hospital to keep your pet in the best health possible. Find out more about our vets and our specialized pet care in Lake Mary by calling (407) 792-3322.