Got a new shelter-in-place buddy?
Even in today’s social distancing environment, it’s essential that new puppies and kittens receive vaccinations to immunize them against the most common infectious diseases. Vaccinations may prevent the need for future procedures that would require our staff to use personal protective gear.
It’s important for adopted or other new pets to get a thorough health exam when they find their forever homes. At Clinton Veterinary Hospital, we are open, and we welcome new patients. We will make sure your new friend has everything he or she needs to get a great start. Your new pet’s health exam will include:
Dogs are commonly given a series of combo vaccinations against distemper, adenovirus-2, parainfluenza, and parvovirus (DHPP). Rabies vaccinations are required by law. Other vaccinations such as those for lyme, leptospirosis and kennel cough (bordetella), can be given as well, depending upon your dog’s lifestyle. Cats also typically need a combo vaccination for diseases that can infect their upper respiratory tract as well as rabies.
We can talk to you about the best type of flea, tick and heartworm preventive for your new pet. These parasites are more than just a nuisance: fleas affect both cats and dogs and can transmit tapeworms, while tick bites can potentially cause a number of diseases, including Lyme. Heartworm contracted from mosquitos, can be lethal to dogs.
All pets should be microchipped to help them get back home if they are ever lost or stolen. While tags and collars can be removed, an inexpensive microchip increases the chances that your pet will be returned to you.
Nutrition and training
There are many options for feeding your new pet, and we can help you choose the best one. We can also answer your questions about behavior and give advice on training tools and techniques.
Make an appointment with us today to prevent health problems tomorrow. Use PetDesk or call us at (203) 584-7822 to schedule an appointment for your new friend!