Prevention
Protect By Preventing
All of us want our pets to live long healthy lives.  Prevention is
the key to this worthwhile goal.  While most owners take the
usual means of preventing disease and illness by getting their
pets annual vaccinations, there is much more you can do to
avoid extra visits to the doctor.  

Choose a topic from the list below to learn how to prevent
many illnesses and diseases from manifesting themselves in
your pet.  Prevention is the key to protecting your pets!

Heartworm Disease

Lyme Disease

Feline Leukemia

Dental Care

Winterizing Your Pet
Annual visits to your veterinarian are imperative for the continued long term health of your
pet.  The most important part of this visit isn't the vaccinations your pet receives, but the
physical exam the doctor administers.  The information we gather at each exam becomes a
part of your pet's medical history and can be critical if an emergency or sudden illness arises.
As part of our annual physical exam we:

  • Check for significant weight loss, which can be an early warning sign of
    disease.  Obesity is a common problem for older pets.  We will assess you
    pet's diet and nutritional needs
  • Assess the condition of legs, hips, joints, and spine
  • Assess the hair and coat.  It should appear healthy and well-groomed.  
    Dull, dry, brittle hair or hair loss may indicate an underlying illness.  The
    doctor will also check skin for infection or signs of fleas, ticks, or mites.
  • Palpate the abdomen for abnormal masses or pain
  • Listen to the chest for heart murmurs, irregular heartbeat and abnormal
    lung sounds
  • Examine eyes for cataracts or inflammation
  • Examine ears for ear mites, infection or inflammation
  • Evaluate nose and nasal passages for signs of upper respiratory disease
  • Check for periodontal disease.  As many as 95% of all pets two years and
    older have periodontal disease.  We evaluate your pet's teeth and check
    the color and condition of the gums.
  • Palpate lymph nodes to check for inflammation or tumors

You should also have a fecal sample analyzed for intestinal parasites as well as
blood drawn for a Heartworm / Lyme / Ehrlicia / Anaplasmosis test.  Heartworm
is a very dangerous parasite and can be prevented by administering a monthly
chewable tablet.  Preventative should be given a minimum of May - November,
year round prevention is recommended.  Lyme disease should be tested for
and vaccinated against annually due to its prevalence in our area.
Annual Preventive Care For Your Pet

Canine Diseases:

DHLPPC Vaccine(commonly called Distemper)

Prevents:
•        Distemper (respiratory disease)
•        Canine Hepatitis Type 1 & 2
•        Canine Parainfluenza (respiratory disease)
•        Leptospirosis (bacterial disease)
•        Canine Parvovirus (viral disease)
•        Coronavirus (viral disease)

Lyme Vaccine (given annually)

Rabies Vaccine (usually given every 3 years)

Bordetella Vaccine for Kennel Cough (given annually)

Giardia Vaccine (given annually)
•        Giardia is a one celled protozoa which causes diarrhea,
often times severe.

Heartworm / Lyme / Ehrlicia / Anaplasmosis Test
•        This tests for the Heartworm parasite as well as screening
for Lyme disease, Ehrlicia, and Anaplasmosis.  All of these
disease are very prevalent in our area, and should be tested for
annually.

Feline Diseases:

Feline Distemper Vaccine (given annually) prevents:
•        Feline Panleukopenia
•        Feline Rhinotraceitis
•        Feline Calicivirus
•        Chlamydia Psittaci

Feline Leukemia (given annually)

Rabies Vaccine (usually given every 3 years)

If your pet is receiving its first Distemper, Lyme, Leukemia, or
Giardia vaccination they will require a booster in 4 weeks.  If
you do not booster the first vaccination, it will not be effective
763-689-0095
Cambridge VetCare
Animal Clinic, PA
Cambridge, MN