Protecting Your Pet All Year Long
When it comes to lifelong health and wellness, no conversation is complete without discussing appropriate vaccinations and parasite control.
In general, the team at Penfield Veterinary Hospital believes the following are important for every cat and dog:
- Rabies (both cats and dogs)
- Canine distemper
- Canine hepatitis
- Canine leptospirosis
- Canine parvovirus infection
- Canine parainfluenza
- Feline panleukopenia
- Feline calicivirus infection
- Feline distemper
- Feline leukemia
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis
We also make specific recommendations based on the individual needs and lifestyle of each pet.
Fleas and Ticks
Not only are fleas and ticks irritating, they can lead to serious health problems as well. Using a flea and tick product regularly is essential to protecting your pet from discomfort and disease and can stop the spread of illness among people and animals.
Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal condition caused by foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs, and related blood vessels. There is an effective treatment option for dogs, however, the same medication cannot be used in cats, making prevention critical for felines. We generally recommend having your pet tested annually since early detection is always the best defense against infection.
Because most intestinal parasites are invisible to the naked eye, we screen for infections via microscopic analysis in our laboratory. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends fecal analyses 2–4 times in the first year of life and 1–2 times per year for adults.
A number of heartworm preventives are also effective against certain other intestinal parasites. This includes hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, or tapeworms. However, no single treatment can eliminate every parasite. We recommend consulting one of our veterinarians to determine the appropriate choice 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. At Penfield Veterinary Hospital, we can discuss the advantages of different products and offer competitive values on parasite preventives through pharmacy.
On the Web
American Heartworm Society:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Companion Animal Parasite Council:
WebMD Pet Health Center: