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Heartworm Testing: We follow the American Heartworm Society's recommendation to perform yearly heartworm testing for all our canine patients. Heartworms are spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. The risk of acquiring heartworms is very high in Florida. We use the Idexx 4DX in-house heartworm and tick test. This test also checks for exposure to Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasmosis--all serious tick-borne diseases. While the use of heartworm prevention given monthly and dosed correctly (never under-dose) has a very high degree of prevention, no medication is 100% effective. By yearly testing we can catch early stages of the disease and treat accordingly. For more information please visit http://www.heartwormsociety.org.
Feline Leukemia/FIV testing: New cats and all kittens should be initially tested for these two serious and contagious diseases. Knowing the FeLV/FIV status of your cat will help us formulate a proper health assessment and plan to keep your cat as healthy as possible. Feline Immunodeficieny Virus (FIV) is spread mainly through bite wounds. Though there is no cure, many cats live long lives with the disease. FIV can cause immune suppression and make your cat more susceptible to other diseases and illness.
Fecal check - We recommend at least a yearly fecal check on all pets. Intestinal parasites live in the environment and are impossible to eradicate. Dogs and cats are exposed through walking on or licking infected soil or water sources. Even indoor pets can become infected by exposure to potting soils and the ingestion of insects or other prey animals (lizards, frogs, etc.) Tapeworms are spread through the ingestion of infected fleas! Many of our heartworm preventions also help control a variety of intestinal parasites.
At All County Animal Hospital we will recommend only those vaccines that your pet needs. Not every pet needs every vaccine! We will take into consideration your pet's life style and risk of exposure when making vaccine recommendations! Whenever possible we recommend 3 year duration vaccines. Our hospital carries the following vaccines:
Rabies - Rabies vaccine is required by law! Rabies is a FATAL virus that can be contracted by the bites and scratches of infected animals. Any warm blooded animal and humans can be infected with rabies. Common sources of rabies include fox, coyote, raccoons, skunks, and bats. We recommend ALL pets be vaccinated against rabies virus. We have both the 1 year and 3 year vaccines available.
Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza (Da2pp "combo") - We recommend most dogs be vaccinated for these highly contagious intestinal and respiratory diseases. We have both the 1 year and the 3 year vaccines available.
Leptospirosis - "Lepto" is a serious bacterial disease that can also infect humans. The bacteria is spread in the urine of infected animals and can survive for a long time in soil, lakes, streams, ponds, rivers, and stagnant water sources. Lepto can cause kidney failure and death. We recommend most dogs be vaccinated yearly against Leptospirosis. Our vaccine helps protect against four common strains of the disease.
Bordetella - also known as "kennel cough', bordetella is a highly contagious respiratory infection that can cause a mild to severe cough. Though some cases of bordetella are self limiting, many dogs need medical intervention to help with coughing and other side effects. We recommend that most dogs be vaccinated again bordetella, especially those that attend boarding or grooming facilities, dog parks, or take walks where other dogs have been. We now carry the ORAL bordetella vaccine!
Lyme Vaccine (borrelia burgdorferi) - Lyme is a tick-borne disease that can cause fever, lameness, and kidney failure. We recommend this vaccine for dogs exposed to tick bites and those that travel to or live in high risk areas (especially Northern states).
Rabies - Rabies vaccine is required by law! We use the 1 year Purevax rabies vaccine for our feline patients.
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (FVRCP "combo") - We recommend most cats be vaccinated against these highly contagious intestinal and respiratory diseases. We have both the 1 year and 3 year vaccines available.
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) - A highly contagious virus spread from cat to cat contact through saliva (grooming and bite wounds), sharing food bowls and sharing litter boxes. FeLV causes cancer in about 20% of infected cats and can contribute to other diseases or anemia through suppression of the immune system. There is no cure! We recommend all new kittens and cats be tested for FeLV and receive two vaccinations given 3-4 weeks apart. Yearly vaccines are recommended in cats with high risk of exposure (those who live or are allowed outdoors and those in contact with other cats that have outdoor access. We have the 2 year vaccine available.