KEEPing SANTA CLARITA PETS HEALTHY
Canyon Country Veterinary Hospital veterinarians know that regular pet wellness examinations are the best way to ensure your pet’s good health. Because pets age faster than people do, we urge you to schedule exams every six months so we can keep track of what is normal for your pet.
PREVENTIVE VETERINARY MEDICINE BENEFITS ALL PETS
During a scheduled wellness examination, we assess which vaccinations and parasite control methods are appropriate for your pet. Your pet’s veterinarian will consider age, breed, and lifestyle when making recommendations for
- Heartworm testing and medication
- Proper nutrition and exercise
- Flea and tick prevention
All medications and vaccinations are tailored to each individual pet. If your pet’s lifestyle indicates, we might recommend some vaccines that are appropriate for travel or boarding or less medication for an older pet.
WE RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING VACCINATIONS FOR ALL PUPPIES:
- DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, and corona) given as three to four boosters. For puppies more than 10 weeks, the leptospirosis vaccine is given as two boosters.
- Rabies vaccine for the first year at 16 weeks of age. After that, your dog receives another vaccination effective for one year, and then he or she will receive a booster every three years.
- Bordetella (kennel cough) is given as one dose, which is required yearly for dogs that are boarders
WE RECOMMEND THIS VACCINATION SCHEDULE FOR KITTENS:
- FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia) in three to four injections
- Two boosters of FeLV (feline leukemia) are recommended for your kitten if he or she will be spending time outdoors
- Rabies vaccine is recommended yearly
SPAYING AND NEUTERING SURGERY FOR YOUR PET
Spaying and neutering procedures are important to make sure that your pet does not become part of the pet overpopulation problem and offer solutions to several health problems your pet may encounter:
- On average, sterilization results in a longer life span for dogs and cats.
- Spaying your dog before her first heat cycle can lessen the likelihood of mammary cancer and uterine infections.
- Neutering a cat or dog makes him much less likely to suffer testicular cancer.
- Spayed and neutered pets are less likely to roam away from home.
- Neutered and spayed pets can be less aggressive.
Canyon Country Veterinary Hospital’s veterinarians are very experienced in performing these procedures and are always happy to talk with you about the surgery and recovery.