Da2P (Distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvovirus)
- As a puppy, this vaccine can be started as early as 6 weeks of age and then is boostered every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age.
- As an adult, this vaccine is boostered annually or every 2-3 years depending on age and vaccination history.
- As a puppy, this vaccine is initially given at 12 weeks of age. After the initial vaccination, this vaccine is boostered in 1 year.
- As an adult, this vaccine is boostered every 2-3 years depending on age and vaccination history.
Kennel Cough (Bordetella)
- Kennel cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection that is spread easily between dogs. We recommend that your dog be vaccinated for kennel cough if it visits a kennel/boarding facility, grooming salon, obedience classes, hunting groups, etc.
- Dogs must be 8 weeks of age or older to receive this vaccine. It is an intranasal vaccine that is boostered annually.
- In addition to Bordetella, our kennel cough vaccine also provides immunity against adenovirus type 2 and parainfluenza.
Lyme Disease (Borreliosis)
- Due to the high prevalence of Lyme Disease in our area, we strongly recommend all dogs with exposure to ticks be vaccinated against Lyme Disease.
- Dogs who are primarily outdoor or hunting dogs, or dogs who spend a lot of time near lakes, tall grasses or trees are at a higher risk of contracting Lyme Disease.
- The initial series for this vaccine is two doses given 3-4 weeks apart. Dogs must be 9 weeks of age or older.
- After initial series, this vaccine is boostered annually.
- General deworming for roundworms and hookworms is performed at the initial puppy visit. However, there are several other parasites, which are not routinely dewormed for, which your animal may ingest. We recommend an initial fecal examination to check for intestinal parasites as a puppy and then annually as an adult.
Surgery – Castration and Spaying
- Surgery for your pet is recommended to be done between 4-6 months of age.
- If a female animal is spayed before her first heat cycle, it will dramatically reduce the incidence of mammary tumors and decreases her risk for certain types of cancer. Spaying your pet also eliminates the possibility of your pet developing a severe and potentially fatal infection of the uterus known as a pyometra.
- Castrating your male dog helps to eliminate running and reduces aggressive behavior.
Heartworm Testing and Preventative
- Annual heartworm testing is recommended in any dog over 6 months of age. Our testing procedure requires a small blood sample and includes a screening for Lyme, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichia exposure, all tick born diseases.
- We recommend using a heartworm preventative during mosquito season in Minnesota (May 1st through November 1st) or year round if this is more convenient or if your pet is a traveler.
Flea and Tick Preventative
- To prevent disease transmission and for the safety of your pet and family, we recommend using a flea and tick preventative. We carry a variety of oral and topical flea and tick products in clinic.
- Good oral health promotes good overall health. We recommend your pet’s teeth be checked regularly. If your pet’s teeth are heavy with tartar, gingivitis, or periodontal disease, we recommend a dental cleaning by ultrasonic scaling and polishing; dental x-rays and oral extractions may be performed as necessary.
FVRCP (Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia Psittaci)
- As a kitten, this vaccine is given at 8 and 12 weeks of age.
- As an adult, this vaccine is boostered every 2 or 3 years depending
- As a kitten, this vaccine is given at 12 wk of age and is boostered in one year.
- As an adult, this vaccine is boostered every 2 years.
- As a kitten, this vaccine is given at 9 weeks and 12 weeks of age.
- As an adult, this vaccine is boostered every 2 or 3 years depending on age.
- We recommend any outdoor cat or cat that spends time outdoors, or any cat with exposure to outdoor cats be vaccinated for feline leukemia.
- General deworming (roundworms and hookworms) is done at every vaccination appointment. However, any animal with loosened stool or a new kitten should have its feces tested for parasites. There are several parasites an animal can get into if it goes outside, and a fecal examination should be tested yearly.
Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
- Both of these diseases are spread directly from cat to cat, and both cause terminal effects. Commonly known as “kitty aids” FIV is a newly discovered disease, which suppresses the immune system of cats.
- Any kitten or cat over 12 weeks of age should be tested for these diseases. A small blood sample is needed to check for this.
Surgery – Castration, Spaying, and Declawing
- Surgery for your cat can be done any time close to 6 months of age. Spaying before the first heat cycle in females drastically reduces incidence of mammary cancer and unwanted pregnancy, and neutering males will prevent behaviors such as urinary spraying from developing.
- Declawing can be done at the same time as castration or spaying. We use a laser machine to declaw the cats. The laser has many benefits including: less bleeding, less swelling, less risk of infection, and, most importantly less pain.
Flea and Tick Preventative
- We recommend using flea and tick preventative. We carry a variety of products such as Frontline and Revolution. Frontline is by far our favorite and is safe and easy to apply.
- Good oral health promotes good overall health. We recommend that your pet’s teeth be checked regularly. If your pet’s teeth have evidence of gingivitis, tartar or broken teeth, we recommend cleaning by ultrasonic scaling and polishing. Dental x-rays and oral extractions may be performed as necessary.