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What preventive treatments are recommended for my pet and how will they protect him/her?
 

DOGS:

RABIES VACCINE
: This vaccination is required by law for all cats and dogs over four months of age.
The Rabies vaccine is given annually, or every 3 years for pets over the age of 2.

DHPP VACCINE: Combination vaccine to prevent four major canine diseases: distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus.
This vaccine does need to be boostered every 3-4 weeks until the pet has received a total of three vaccines and are over 16 weeks of age. The DHPP vaccine can be given annually, or every 3 years for pets over the age of 2. 

BORDETELLA VACCINE: This vaccine is given intranasal and protects against upper respiratory viruses. This vaccine is important for dogs who are regularly exposed to other dogs - boarding, daycare, grooming, dogs parks, etc.
This vaccine is given annually.

BI-VALENT CANINE INFLUENZA VACCINE: Influenza vaccine that protects against both strains, H3N8 and N3N2.
This vaccine does need to be boostered 2-3 weeks after the first injection and then given annually.

HEARTWORM TEST: This blood test is performed annually to ensure that your pet is free of harmful heartworms. If the test is positive, your dog will need to be treated for heartworms prior to receiving additional prevention.

 HEARTWORM PREVENTION: Heartworm prevention should be given monthly to protect your pet. The VBSPCA Medical Clinic offers both oral and injectable prevention options.

FLEA AND TICK PREVENTION:
Monthly flea and tick prevention will help protect your pet against these and other parasites. The VBSPCA Medical Clinic offers both oral and topical options.

DEWORM
: Pill or liquid medicine that rids the intestines of parasitic worms.  Flea prevention works to prevent tapeworms.

CATS:

RABIES VACCINE: This vaccination is required by law for all cats and dogs over four months of age.
The Rabies vaccine is given annually, or every 3 years for pets over the age of 2.

FVRCP VACCINE: Combination vaccine to prevent feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia.  The first two are upper repertory infections.  The third is known as feline distemper virus.
This vaccine does need to be boostered every 3-4 weeks until the pet has received a total of three vaccines and are over 16 weeks of age. The FVRCP vaccine can be given annually, or every 3 years to pets over the age of 2.

FeLV/FIV TEST: Our combo test will detect these two serious feline diseases.  At this time, we only offer the feline leukemia vaccine.

FLEA PREVENTION: Monthly flea prevention will protect your cat from these and other parasites. The VBSPCA Medical Clinic offers are variety of topical preventions to meet your budget.

DEWORM: Pill or liquid medicine that rids the intestines of parasitic worms. Your pet is protected from some intestinal parasites through flea/heartworm prevention. You will need to talk to your veterinarian to find out the best combinations of protection for your pet.