The first documented vaccination was given in 1796. Things have changed a lot since then. Many things have changed over the years with vaccinations and how they are made. The one thing that has not changed is the fact that vaccinations are necessary for health and disease prevention.
The vaccination protocols today are tailored to meet your pets needs. The protocol is discussed and determined based on age, disease exposure and if the benefits outweigh the risks. Individual plans will be discussed and decided as part of the examination.
Rabies vaccination is required by New York state law in cats, dogs and ferrets (in addition to other larger species). More importantly, if your pet contracts the rabies virus, it is fatal. This vaccination is recommended for almost every patient.
More information on pet vaccinations can be found for cats here and for dogs here.
Preventative care typically includes medications that keep insects and parasites from making your pet ill. When used appropriately, some products effectively prevent problems associated with fleas and ticks and the diseases spread by these insects Lyme disease, Anaplasma infections, Ehrlichiosis, and Bartonella) in addition to allergies associated with these insects. They prevent heartworms and intestinal worms like hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and tapeworms. The products Dr. Lauren recommends are currently Simparica and Interceptor Plus. Both products are given orally every thirty days. Cell phone reminders area nice way for you to remember to administer the products every 30 days.
You can order your prescriptions through my office pharmacy by clicking on this link here. In New York State, law requires a veterinary client patient relationship yearly to prescribe any medications.