The team at Cody Pet Hospital cares a great deal about your pet’s health. In fact, we have an effective prevention program to protect your pet against a number of serious diseases. Our programs cover:

• Stomach Parasites (Tapeworm, Roundworms, Hookworms, and Whipworms)
• Heartworm Disease
• Flea, Tick, & Mite Infestations

For cats, we recommend flea and tick prevention year round. In addition, stool samples on cats should be checked annually. Outdoor cats should be dewormed on a regular basis since they can get worms from hunting. Dogs need an annual heartworm test along with annual parasite screening. Dogs also need to take flea tick and heartworm prevention year round. Like cats, they also need to have an intestinal parasite screen once a year.

Below are four diseases you can prevent in your pet.

Lyme disease

Caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted by deer ticks, Lyme disease in dogs can be prevented by avoiding environments where ticks are prevalent, checking your dog’s skin and coat daily and removing ticks, using appropriate year-round flea and tick preventives, and vaccinating your dog against Lyme when appropriate.

Heartworm disease

Mosquitoes are more than a nuisance; a single bite from a mosquito carrying infective heartworm larvae can be potentially deadly for your dog. After the bite, the larvae make their way through the dog’s body until they reach the heart and blood vessels within the lungs. This process can take about 6 months. Once there, the larvae mature and can grow to be 12 inches or longer. Heartworm disease can be prevented by administering a regular, year-round heartworm preventive.

Canine influenza

Also called the dog flu, canine influenza is a highly contagious and potentially deadly viral infection that has affected dogs in most U.S. states. Some dogs suffering from canine influenza do not exhibit any symptoms but still spread the virus to other dogs. Those that do become ill may develop a persistent cough, nasal and/or eye discharge, fever, lethargy, and reduced appetite. Some dogs can develop more serious secondary bacterial infections that lead to pneumonia. There have been two strains of dog flu identified—H3N8 and H3N2—and both can be prevented with a vaccine.

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that occurs when a dog comes into contact with the leptosira bacteria, often in contaminated water. Infected dogs can experience fever, shivering, weakness, decreased appetite, sore muscles and reluctance to move, depression, increased thirst and urination, vomiting, diarrhea, yellow skin or whites of eyes, dehydration, and more. Prevent your dog from becoming infected with leptospirosis by not letting him drink from standing water or swim in bodies of water that could be contaminated. There is also a leptospirosis vaccine that might be a good option for your dog.

Please call Cody Pet Hospital if you have questions about vaccines or preventable diseases.

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