General Pet Health Info

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Rabies

Rabies is a rapid viral disease of the central nervous system. It affects humans and other warm-blooded animals. It is usually transmitted through a bite from an infected animal. Unless it is prevented by immunization, rabies is usually fatal. The vaccine is given annually.

Canine Distemper

(also known as DA2PP or DHPPV)
Canine Distemper is an upper respiratory virus that can affect the central nervous system. It can be fatal, and puppies from 3 to 6 months are particularly vulnerable. Puppy boosters should be given at 8, 12 and 16 weeks. After this, it should be given on an annual basis.

Kennel Cough

(Also known as Bordetella)
Kennel Cough is a highly contagious, upper respiratory disease. The main symptoms are coughing and sneezing, and can be spread through the air. The vaccine is required for any dogs boarding at Corky's Kennel. This is an annual vaccine.

Feline Leukemia and Feline Distemper

Feline Leukemia and Feline Distemper (a.k.a. FVRCP) are viruses that infects cats. They both are usually transferred through bodily fluids. It can be fatal if the animal's immune system can't fend against it. The vaccine is given at 8 and 12 weeks, and then is given annually.

Heartworm and Intestinal Parasites

  • Heartworm disease is a parasitic roundworm that is spread by mosquito bites. Generally, dogs are infected, but it can also affect other animals.
  • Intestinal parasites are parasites that inhabit the gastro-intestinal tract. Roundworms, coccidia, hook worms, tape worms, and whip worms are the most common ones that infect cats and dogs. They can be transmitted through poor hygiene.

Infection by either can result in serious disease or death. A heartworm prevention vaccine is given monthly, and there is a yearly heartworm test.

Microchipping

Over 10 million pets get lost or stolen every year. Without any identification, 90% of them don't return home. Microchipping involves inserting a microchip between the shoulder blades, the same way a vaccine is given. With it, you can always find your pet.

Flea and Tick Prevention

Ticks and fleas can cause allergy dermatitis, Lyme disease, and blood loss. Make sure that you purchase tick and flea treatments from our online pharmacy.