Family Pet Hospital Veterinary Clinic Platteville WI

Canine and Feline Adult Preventive Care

Family Pet Hospital Voted Best Veterinary Clinic in Platteville WI

After 1 year of age our four legged friends are considered adults, even if they don't always act like it!  The veterinary team at Family Pet Hospital is devoted to keeping your pet happy and healthy well into your pet's senior years and that starts will good care now!

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Family Pet Hospital Voted Best Veterinary Clinic in Platteville WI
Family Pet Hospital Voted Best Veterinary Clinic in Platteville WI
Family Pet Hospital Voted Best Veterinary Clinic in Platteville WI
Family Pet Hospital Voted Best Veterinary Clinic in Platteville WI

Internal and External Parasite Screen

Did you know that most dogs and cats will get intestinal parasites several times during their lives? The most common parasites we catch  are intestinal worms.  Intestinal worms can cause problems with weight, hair growth, and activity level, not to mention diarrhea and vomiting.  Many intestinal parasites can also be spread to humans - YUCK!  During your pet's annual preventive care exam we will perform an intestinal parasite screen as well as carefully check for any external parasites that may be hiding!

Vaccinations

Cats and dogs require booster vaccinations throughout their lives and your veterinarian will be able to assess the risk level for your pet and which vaccines are necessary.  You can read more about the different vaccines in detail below:

Annual Preventive Care Exam

Did you know that because pet's age age a faster rate than humans, every year of your pet's life is actually like 6-7 human years!  That's why the most important part of keeping your four-legged friend healthy is an Annual Preventive Care Exam.  This exam helps keep you (the pet parent) informed on the health of your pet and your veterinarian and our veterinary team can ensure your pet is kept in the best health possible.  During this exam a complete nose-to-tail physical exam will be performed and your veterinarian will discuss the exam with you in detail.  You will also have ample opportunity to ask any questions you may have - our veterinary team is here to help you!

Yearly Diagnostic Screening

Dogs
Southwest Wisconsin is a haven for heartworms and ticks - they love it here! Fortunately there are easy ways to prevent these unwanted guested from invading your home and infecting your dog. Heartworms are spread by a mosquito bite and even if your dog is only in your yard for bathroom breaks, it is still possible to become infected with heartworms which are difficult and expensive to treat and can be fatal. Every year a simple blood test is performed right here at Family Pet Hospital to test for: Heartworms, and 3 common tick-bourne diseases (Lyme, Erlichia, and Anaplasmosis).  Catching these diseases early is essential for the health of your dog!

Cats
Two viral diseases that are highly contagious in cats and kittens are Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency (FIV).  These diseases are spread through bodily fluids and bites and can be deadly.  If your cat is occasionally outdoors and exposed to these diseases they should be tested for on a yearly basis.

Rabies (Lyssavirus):
Vaccination against rabies.  This is a fatal disease that can be passed by wildlife including bats.  Rabies is also dangerous to your human family and for that reason, Family Pet Hospital requires all cats and kittens in our care to be vaccinated.
     
When: Every year

FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calici, and Panleukopenia viruses)
This vaccine is often called the "Feline Distemper Vaccine."  These viruses are highly contagious and often cause upper respiratory (severe cold) symptoms.  Panleukopenia can also lead to intestinal and neurologic symptoms and in some cases is fatal.
     When: Every 1-3 years depending on vaccine

FeLV (Feline Leukemia)
Vaccination against the highly contagious and fatal Feline Leukemia Virus.  All kittens should receive this vaccine due to their high exposure level.  As your cat ages into adulthood you and your veterinarian should discuss exposure levels and may chose to discontinue this vaccine in future years.
     When: Every year

Rabies (Lyssavirus):
Vaccination against rabies.  This is a fatal disease that can be passed by wildlife including bats.  Rabies is also dangerous to your human family and for that reason, Wisconsin law requires all puppies and dogs maintain a current rabies vaccination.
     When: Every 1-3 years depending on vaccine

DAP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Hepetitis, and Parvovirus)
Vaccination against all of the above highly contagious diseases. It is especially important to start your dog on this series BEFORE they meet other puppies or dogs (such as at puppy classes or the dog park).  Parvovirus can live in the soil for many months, including over winter and is often fatal despite the best care.
     When: Every 1-3 years depending on vaccine

Kennel Cough (Bordetella)
Vaccination against kennel cough (think of it like whooping cough).  Kennel cough is common in dogs and is spread through microdroplets of saliva and nasal discharge (such as a sneeze or cough). This vaccine is important even for puppies who are not kenneled!
     When: Every 6 months to 1 year depending on exposure

Leptospirosis
Leptospirosis is common in the Southwestern Wisconsin area and is often found in waterways and standing water (pounds and large puddles).  Leptospirosis is a type of bacteria which is shed in the urine of infected animals, especially cattle, deer, and raccoons and from there gets into lappable water for your puppy.  Leptospirosis can cause of variety of symptoms but one of the most severe is irreversible kidney damage.
     When:  Every year 

Lyme (Borrelia) 
Lyme disease is transmitted from an infected tick to a dog (or human) when the tick bites.  Lyme disease is extremely common in the Southwestern Wisconsin area!  You can check out the current level of lyme disease in your specific area by looking at these prevalence maps from the Companion Animal Parasite Council. The most common symptoms of lyme disease are lameness (limping) and arthritis symptoms (swollen, painful joints).  Lyme disease can also cause significant joint damage and kidney damage in rare cases.
     When: Every year


Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)

"Dog Flu" has actually been around for quite a while but has begun spreading in recent years and becoming much longer acting with ore severe symptoms.  Just like the human virus, there are several strains of CIV and different vaccines for each.  If you dog travels with you, especially in the Chicago or Atlanta areas (and airports); your dog should be vaccinated.

     When: Every Year