Just like they are in human medicine, regular wellness exams are the backbone of preventative care in veterinary medicine. When we consistently examine your pet, we establish a baseline for their health. That way, we’re more likely to identify health issues before they’ve progressed very far, perhaps even before your pet exhibits external symptoms. Prevention is easier on your pet (and your wallet!) than treating disease once it is already set in.
We recommend annual exams for average, adult pets and twice-annual exams for senior pets (pets seven years of age and older). Pets with chronic health concerns often require more frequent exams as well so that we can help them age in a healthy manner.
To schedule your pet’s annual wellness exam, request an appointment today.
One of the most important things you can do for your pet is to ensure he or she gets the right vaccinations from our veterinarian in Rancho Cucamonga. Shots for pets can mean the difference between life and death as they provide protection from dangerous and highly contagious diseases. Read on to learn more about what pet vaccinations in Rancho Cucamonga mean for your pet.
What Vaccinations Do for Pets
Pet vaccinations contain small amounts of the actual virus called antigens. These antigens activate the pet’s immune system to develop the ability to fight against the virus if he or she is exposed to it. In other words, these Rancho Cucamonga pet vaccinations protect pets from potentially deadly diseases.
Core and Non-Core Dog and Cat Shots
National veterinary organizations have established cat and dog vaccination protocols that indicate vaccinations that are absolutely necessary (known as “core vaccinations”) from those that are optional. Our vet in Rancho Cucamonga practices these recommended protocols to keep all our patient pets healthy and safe.
Core Dog Shots
Core vaccinations for dogs protect against canine parvovirus (CPV), canine distemper virus (CDV), canine adenovirus (CAV), and rabies.
- Rabies: Required by the state of California, rabies is a frightening, agonizing and deadly disease passed on by the saliva of an infected animal.
- Canine distemper: A highly contagious virus, distemper targets the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems and kills more dogs than any other infectious disease.
- Canine hepatitis: Canine Hepatitis is a serious disease causing grave blood-clotting problems. It is life-threatening when left untreated.
Non-Core Dog Shots
For dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors or have some other risk factor, our Rancho Cucamonga veterinarian may recommend vaccinations for canine hepatitis, Lyme disease, and bordetella (kennel cough).
Core Cat Shots
These cat vaccinations provide protection for your pet from many deadly diseases, including:
- Feline herpes: This safeguards cats from getting cat flu, a highly contagious respiratory disease that often leads to secondary infections.
- Panleukopenia: We usually combine this with Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus to protect cats safe the cat form of distemper.
Non-Core Cat Shots
For cats who are frequently outdoors or who spend time around other cats, our veterinarian in Rancho Cucamonga recommends shots to protect against feline leukemia, FIV and bordetella.
Schedule for Pet Vaccinations in Rancho Cucamonga
Young pets need more frequent vaccinations containing lower doses of antigens so their immune systems are not overwhelmed and can gradually build up resistance.
We recommend starting cat and dog shots between 6 and 8 weeks with a final booster at 16 weeks. Thereafter, our Rancho Cucamonga vet wants to see pets once a year for an annual physical and their booster vaccinations.
You want your pet to live a long and healthy life, and so do we! Make sure you contact our Rancho Cucamonga vet today to schedule an appointment to get your pet on the right track for health and protection.