Family Pet Hospital Veterinary Clinic Platteville WI

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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

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

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:

Dogs and cats are considered "seniors" by the age of 7 or 8 and requires some special considerations.  Don't worry - there are many more fun and healthy years ahead!  Our veterinary team is dedicated to ensuring your pet receives the very best care and any health changes are noticed early and treated appropriately, that's why we call it preventive care!

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

Senior Care Package

In addition to the Adult Preventive Care plan, our seniors will receive a complimentary Celebrating Seniors gift with great information, answers to many aging questions and free samples! Some of the valuable information our veterinary team will discuss with you includes: signs, symptoms, and treatment of arthritis, nutritional differences in seniors, how to keep your senior active and healthy, and what changes you can expect as your pet ages.

Biannual Senior Preventive Care Exam (Every 6 months)

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!  How many humans in their 70's and 80's wait 7 years to go to the doctor? That's why the most important part of keeping your four-legged friend happy and healthy in their golden years is a Biannual 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!

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Diagnostic Screening

Catching health changes early is one of the best ways to keep your senior pet at their best for years to come.  Family Pet Hospital has teamed up with IDEXX veterinary laboratories to offer our senior patients complete senior health screening at an astonishingly low price (less than half the regular cost!)  Our senior screening is typically performed once a year for each patient and includes: Blood Chemistry (kidney, liver, pancreas, electrolyte and diabetic screen), Complete Blood Count (white blood cell and red blood cell abnormalities), thyroid screening, a urinalysis (urinary stones, infections, diabetes, and kidney function), and an intestinal parasite screen.

Additional screening that we perform for our patients include: monitoring for eye changes such as glaucoma, a prostate exam for our male patients, blood pressure monitoring, and of course for our canine clients a heartworm and tick disease panel.

Family Pet Hospital Voted Best Veterinary Clinic in Platteville WI

Senior Preventive Care