Vaccination & Deworming

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HAS YOUR PET BEEN VACCINATED?

No doubt someone at some point has asked you if your pet has been vaccinated.

Vaccination is the most well-known and common form of preventive medicine. It mainly protects your pet from certain diseases, but it prevents transmission to human of illnesses like rabies and leptospirosis. These communicable diseases, which can be transmitted from animals to human, are called zoonoses.

Cats, dogs and ferrets can be vaccinated against a variety of illnesses. However, that doesn't mean they need to have every single vaccination available.

Your vet will recommend the vaccinations necessary according to your pet's needs and lifestyle. Your vet will also advise you on the frequency of the vaccines to be administered. For example, cats and dogs living in apartments don't really need the same vaccinations as their country cousins, where there is a heightened risk of contracting Lyme disease.

Now, even though it is highly recommended, vaccinations are not required here in Canada. However, vaccination for diseases like rabies is obligatory if you've left the country and gone, for example, to Mexico.

Discuss this with your vet, who will know which vaccinations are best for your pet, whether they are a homebody or a great adventurer!

Deworming

You can't help but notice that your pet is acting strangely or changing physically. They've lost weight as well as their appetite. Their coat is dull and scruffy. They might shed more than usual. Just by looking at them, you can tell something is off. They might even vomit and have diarrhea.

These are just a few of the symptoms often associated with the presence of parasites. This is a serious problem, especially when you consider that the parasites can ?jump" to other cats and dogs (including kittens and puppies), even humans.

Don't think it could happen to your pet? Well, consider this: does your pet play in the yard, lap up stagnant water on occasion, or do they love to roll around in the dog park? If you answered yes to any of the above, think again. In fact, these are the most frequent sources of contamination. Parasites may also be transmitted from one generation to the next. They can be passed from a female to her babies through the placenta and during feedings.

A stool test performed in a lab is the most efficient method to detect gastro-intestinal parasites. To get rid of them and prevent further spread, your vet will administer a deworming, either in liquid or pill form.

RISKS OF CONTAMINATION

As you might imagine, the main areas for contamination are your pet's infected feces and the skin around the perineum. Puppies and kittens can also be infected through their mothers' milk.

For humans, pay particular attention to very young babies. It's a given that babies will put anything in their mouths. So, they could get infected that way. Pregnant woman are equally at risk and should use rubber gloves when manipulating the cat's litter.

To avoid any and all contamination for your pet and your household, your vet will recommend the regular deworming of your dog or cat. Your vet will also advise you on just how regularly it should be done and what dose, depending on the age of your pet and the medication administered.

HAS YOUR PET BEEN VACCINATED?

No doubt someone at some point has asked you if your pet has been vaccinated.

Vaccination is the most well-known and common form of preventive medicine. It mainly protects your pet from certain diseases, but it prevents transmission to human of illnesses like rabies and leptospirosis. These communicable diseases, which can be transmitted from animals to human, are called zoonoses.

Cats, dogs and ferrets can be vaccinated against a variety of illnesses. However, that doesn't mean they need to have every single vaccination available.

Your vet will recommend the vaccinations necessary according to your pet's needs and lifestyle. Your vet will also advise you on the frequency of the vaccines to be administered. For example, cats and dogs living in apartments don't really need the same vaccinations as their country cousins, where there is a heightened risk of contracting Lyme disease.

Now, even though it is highly recommended, vaccinations are not required here in Canada. However, vaccination for diseases like rabies is obligatory if you've left the country and gone, for example, to Mexico.

Discuss this with your vet, who will know which vaccinations are best for your pet, whether they are a homebody or a great adventurer!