Pet Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention
Vaccinations are an essential part of your pet’s health care plan. At Perinton Veterinary Hospital, we create a personalized plan to meet the exact needs of your dog or cat.
Vaccinations can protect your pet against most major infectious diseases. Safe and effective vaccines are available to prevent against the following:
- In Dogs—Canine distemper, rabies, parvovirus, leptospirosis, bordetella (kennel cough), Lyme disease, canine influenza, and other diseases
- In Cats—Feline leukemia, respiratory diseases, and rabies
The frequency for receiving vaccinations depends on the needs of your individual pet. Our veterinarian creates a disease prevention plan that is effective, safe, and tailored to your pet’s specific circumstances.
Review our general wellness plans for pet health in puppies, kittens and senior pets.
Cats and dogs are susceptible to a number of parasitic infections. Many pet parasites are zoonotic, meaning they can infect people as well as animals. Parasite prevention is not only important for the health of your pet, but also for the health of your family.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are troublesome parasites of the skin. Flea and tick prevention is important because they cause skin problems, irritation, and transmit diseases.
Fortunately, there are many safe and effective treatments available through your veterinarian. It may be tempting to purchase over-the-counter products, but many have serious side effects and limited effectiveness. We are here to guide you in choosing the right products for your pet.
What do you know about ticks?
Common intestinal parasites in dogs and cats include hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and coccidia. All of these organisms can cause illness in your pet.
Although parasites can affect pet health long before symptoms appear, you may notice vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, or poor overall condition. Additionally, some worms are zoonotic parasites, which means they can also infect humans. Our veterinarians recommend routine testing and monthly preventives for intestinal parasites.
Heartworms reside in the heart and lungs of infected dogs and cats. This deadly disease is carried by mosquitoes, transmitting heartworm larva into the bloodstream with a bite.
Fortunately, this is a preventable disease and there are a number of excellent heartworm preventives available through your veterinarian. We can help you decide which product is best for you and your pet. Visit the American Heartworm Society for more information.
Screening for Intestinal Parasites
Most intestinal parasites are not overtly visible in feces. We screen for infection by microscopic analysis in our laboratory. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends that fecal analysis be performed two to four times during the first year for puppies and kittens, and once or twice per year for adult pets.
On the Web
The Pet Health Center at WebMD offers these helpful guides:
Visit the Companion Animal Parasite Council
Visit the CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People