One of our goals at TLC Veterinary Hospital is to provide guidance and ensure that veterinary visits lead to early disease detection and prevention. An important component is emphasis of yearly wellness exams for young cats and dogs and biannual wellness exams for our pets over the age of 8 (depending on size and breed). Pets age faster than people and as a result, problems progress faster in pets. Pets may appear "normal" while having an underlying problem that can only be detected during an examination by your veterinarian.
The canine Heartworm test is required to be run on an annual basis. With a small amount of blood, this test will determine your dog's status on four of the most common tick borne diseases in our area. Ehrlichiosis (2 types), Anaplasmosis and Lyme. It also determines your dog's heartworm status. Results are done in our laboratory and are available within ten minutes.
The FeLv/FIV test is a blood test for our feline patients. It determines your feline's status on the Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Viruses. This test is run at your cat's first visit and will not have to be run again, unless your cat has exposure to other cats of unknown status and has not received the FeLv vaccine. This test is run in our laboratory and results are available within fifteen minutes.
Fecal screenings are recommended twice a year. This applies for both our canine and feline (regardless of indoor/outdoor lifestyle) patients. The fecal tests screen for parasites, many of which are easily tracked into the home via shoes and are also found in indoor potting soil. Giardia is a zoonotic disease (can be transmitted to humans via an infected pet) that is also detected on fecal screening.
We have appropriate vaccinations to suit the varying lifestyles of our patients. Because prevention is such an important part of ensuring a healthy life, it is imperative that our clients are educated on this part of their pet's health. Our vaccinations come with an Immunization Support Guarantee (ISG) from the manufacturer because, as we all know, nothing is ever 100% accurate in prevention.
- Rabies - protects against the fatal viral disease which infects the cells of the nervous system. Rabies is transmitted through bite wounds, often from wildlife. Rabies is a core vaccination. Depending on where your pet is in their vaccination schedule, the rabies vaccine is either a 1 year or 3 year vaccine.
- Canine distemper (dhlppc) - This single injection protects your dog from six different diseases; distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, and coronavirus. The canine distemper vaccine is a core vaccination. The DHLPPC is either a 1 year or 2 year vaccine.
- Feline distemper (fvrcp) - this is a three-in-one vaccination that protects your cat from; rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. This is a core vaccination that is given 1 or 2 years.
- Leptospirosis (canine) - 'Lepto' is a component of the distemper combination that must be boostered yearly instead of every other year. This bacterial infection affects the kidneys and liver and can be transmitted through infected urine and contaminated water. Lepto is a zoonotic disease (can be transmitted to humans from an infected pet).
- Lyme (canine) - helps prevent Lyme disease, which is carried by deer ticks. Lyme vaccinations are recommended for all dogs that spend time outdoors, especially in tick infested areas. This vaccine should be used in conjunction with appropriate flea/tick repellants for the most effective prevention. This vaccine needs to be boostered annually.
- Leukemia (feline) - protects against feline leukemia which is an infectious viral disease that attacks the immune system. Feline leukemia can be spread through saliva and feces. This vaccine is highly recommended for any cat that goes outdoors and/or has interactions with other cats. This vaccine is boostered annually.
- Bordetella (canine) - provides protection against bronchiseptica (also referred to as kennel cough). Respiratory diseases are easily transmitted in many scenarios and contrary to common belief, are not solely exclusive to 'kennels'. This vaccine is boostered annually.