Even if your pet stays indoors or has limited access to other animals, many illnesses and conditions can develop that have nothing to do with the outside world. Also, your pet’s vaccines are not “one and done” – they need to be boostered every few years in order to best protect your pet from preventable diseases. Most importantly, routine visits can help catch developing issues such as heart disease, dental disease, and weight changes before they become more advanced. Prevention costs less than treating a more severe disease.
Your pet may experience mild lethargy, decreased appetite and activity, soreness, and/or sneezing (if nasal vaccine given) for 24 hours. While true vaccine reactions are rare, please monitor for vomiting, diarrhea, hives, or swelling, especially around the face or vaccine injection site. If you notice these signs, please let us know right away as treatment may be warranted.
Due to veterinary licensing restrictions, by law, we cannot fill prescriptions without first performing an examination in order to determine that the prescription is still the correct treatment and dosage for your pet.
When your puppy or kitten was born and for the few weeks following, it nurses from the mother and receives some of her immunity. As this starts to wear off, babies must be able to have antibodies against the diseases of the outside world. In order to guarantee they receive plenty of antibodies to fight off these diseases, repeated vaccination is needed until they reach a few months of age. Your puppy or kitten is not fully protected unless all recommended boosters are administered.
Oftentimes, the first sign of an ear infection is excessive shaking, rubbing, odor, or scratching at the ears. It is advantageous to treat early on, so if you notice these symptoms, give our office a call to schedule an appointment. Ear infections are uncomfortable, painful, and can lead to scarring in the canal, nerve damage, or other long term problems if the infection persists.
See more information on ear infections at our MAH blog post here
In many cases, our in-house laboratory can offer great insight to help your pet’s vet confirm a diagnosis. However, there are times where an external laboratory can provide more comprehensive testing. In these cases, it’s worth the wait!