Answers to Important Pet Preventative Care Questions
Here at Trinity Pet Hospital, we believe very strongly that preventing an illness is always preferable to treating one. While we treat Laguna Hills animals for a wide range of health issues, we also want to emphasize the importance of pet preventative care. Here are some frequently asked questions on the subject, with answers from our veterinarian, Dr. Kerolos.
How early does my pet need to be vaccinated?
Pets generally need to be vaccinated as early as they can safely tolerate the injections. That's because baby animals lack any immunity of their own once the antibodies from their mother are used up. Once we have issued the initial rounds of vaccinations, you will still need to bring your pet in for occasional booster shots, since vaccinations lose their potency after a certain amount of time.
Which diseases call for vaccination?
Vaccinations most critical to your pet's health, are known as "core" vaccinations. Dogs require core vaccinations for rabies, canine hepatitis, canine distemper, and canine parvo virus. Cats need core vaccinations for rabies, feline distemper, feline calici virus, and rhinotracheitis.
What kinds of pests and parasites do I need to protect my pet against?
A variety of pests and parasites can damage your pet's health. Heartworm, for instance, can invade the heart and lungs, eventually causing death. We can prescribe preventative medications to protect your pet from this threat. We also provide flea and tick prevention to keep these disease-carrying pests at bay.
How can I keep my pet's teeth and gums healthy?
Decayed teeth, gum disease, and other dental ailments can cause agonizing pain, swelling, tooth loss and bone loss, seriously impairing your pet's quality of life and even his ability to eat. To make matters worse, bacteria from an oral infection can migrate to other parts of the body, causing systemic disease and damage. The easiest way to minimize the risks from oral bacteria and tooth/gum disease is by scheduling annual deep cleanings so our clinic can remove the plaque and tartar that attract bacteria. We can even show you how to brush your pet's teeth, which will help to reduce plaque buildup between checkups.
How does my pet's lifestyle affect his health?
Proper diet, regular exercise, and a safe living environment are all critical for pet health and wellness. Obesity, for example, can lead to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, joint trouble and other ailments. We can monitor your pet's weight and make dietary or exercise recommendations to help him stay trim. We can also advise you on how to protect your pet against household toxins, extreme heat or cold, risk of electrocution, and other issues that can jeopardize his safety around the house.
Orange County Preventative Pet Care Starts Here!
Bring your pet to Trinity Pet Hospital in Orange County for a wellness evaluation. This is the best thing you can do for your pet's long-term health and wellness. Let us help you give your pet a happier, healthier life.