Rabies is a fatal virus that affects the central nervous system of almost all mammals, including humans. The virus is most common in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. It is spread by contact with saliva on an open wound of the skin. The virus causes behavior changes, seizures and death. Rabies vaccine is required by law.
Rabies vaccinations should be given at 12 or 16 weeks* (according to state law), boostered in 1 year, then boostered every 1 or 3 years depending on the vaccine used and the state law. The Pet Stop offers a 1 year or 3 year approved rabies vaccine that must be administered annually.
* Rabies vaccines will only be administered to pets 16 weeks or older.
5in 1 – DHPP
The 5 in 1 vaccination provides protection from Distemper, Hepatitis (Adenovirus type 2), Parainfluenza and Parvovirus. The vaccine should be given starting at 8 weeks of age, boostered every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks old, then annual booster. Canine distemper is a contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure. The disease affects dogs, and certain species of wildlife, such as raccoons, wolves, foxes, and skunks. The common house pet and the ferret are also a carrier of this virus. Canine distemper disease can infect any organ system but frequently attacks the nervous system. 90% of dogs that become infected will die. Vaccination is essential.
Coronavirus infection looks like and is similar to Parvo. It causes bloody diarrhea and vomiting however it is less severe than Parvo and dogs can usually survive. It is important to prevent this infection. Although dogs (usually) live through the painful effects of the infection it still causes suffering for the dogs. Corona can be transmitted to cats causing a fatal disease. Puppies and older dogs are particularly at risk. The vaccine should be given starting at 8 weeks of age, boostered every 2-4 weeks until 16 weeks old, then annual booster.
Bordetella bronchiseptica is a bacterium that is commonly associated with respiratory disease in dogs. It can also infect cats, rabbits, and, in rare cases, humans. It is one of the more common bacterial causes of canine infectious tracheobronchitis — also known as kennel cough. Kennel cough is characterized by a harsh, chronic cough, as well as possible nasal discharge and sneezing. It is usually considered to be a self-limiting disease, unless pneumonia develops from secondary bacterial complications. The dry, non-productive cough may last for weeks to months after the resolution of the clinical disease due to the damage done to the trachea. Most boarding facilities require this vaccine. If your pet is a regular at day care, grooming facilities or the dog park make sure they get their Bordetella vaccine every 6 to 12 months to prevent infection.
Canine influenza (CI)
Canine influenza (CI), or dog flu, is a highly contagious infection caused by an influenza A virus. Canine influenza is spread via aerosolized respiratory secretions and contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes) and people moving between infected and uninfected dogs. The virus can remain viable (alive and able to infect) on surfaces for up to 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours, and on hands for 12 hours. Like other mammalian influenza viruses, canine influenza virus causes an acute respiratory infection in dogs. However, unlike human influenza, CIV is not a “seasonal” flu – infections can occur year-round.
The Leptospira spirochete bacteria is zoonotic, meaning that it can be transmitted to humans and other animals. Children are most at risk of acquiring the bacteria from an infected pet. Leptospirosis, is a disease that both pets and people can get so it’s very important that you vaccinate your pets with the Leptospirosis vaccine. Lepto can be transmitted through bodily fluids or through the consumption of infected food or water. Symptoms include fever, aches and pain, shivering, weakness, depression and increased thirst and urination. It occurs mostly in tropical, wet environment with stagnant surface water.
Dogs. The dog is a natural host for heartworms, which means that heartworms that live inside the dog mature into adults, mate and produce offspring. If untreated, their numbers can increase, and dogs have been known to harbour several hundred worms in their bodies. Heartworm disease causes lasting damage to the heart, lungs and arteries, and can affect the dog’s health and quality of life long after the parasites are gone. For this reason, prevention is by far the best option, and treatment—when needed—should be administered as early in the course of the disease as possible. The Pet Stop carries the most trusted names in Heartworm Prevention including: Heartgard, Trifexis, Tri-Heart, Sentinel Spectrum, Interceptor Plus and many more.
Cats. Heartworm disease in cats is very different from heartworm disease in dogs. The cat is an atypical host for heartworms, and most worms in cats do not survive to the adult stage. Cats with adult heartworms typically have just one to three worms, and many cats affected by heartworms have no adult worms. While this means heartworm disease often goes undiagnosed in cats, it’s important to understand that even immature worms cause real damage in the form of a condition known as heartworm associated respiratory disease (HARD). Moreover, the medication used to treat heartworm infections in dogs cannot be used in cats, so prevention is the only means of protecting cats from the effects of heartworm disease.
Canine Heartworm Testing
The Pet Stop offers heartworm testing for dogs. The veterinarian does this by collecting a blood sample and testing right there on site. All dogs must be tested annually to renew their prescription for heartworm preventative. Dogs 6 months of age or younger do not need to be tested to begin heartworm preventative.
The Pet Stop will deworm a dog or cat with an oral dose of Pyrantel. Pyrantel Pamoate treats hookworms and roundworms in pets. Roundworms and hookworms are typically picked up by your pet when it eats infected soil or feces. The Pet Stop also carries Droncit. Droncit tablets remove tapeworms from dogs and cats. Droncit is a wormer with a single ingredient, praziquantel. Praziquantel is an FDA-approved oral medication that treats infestations from multiple species of tapeworm, including Dipyldium caninum in dogs and cats. Droncit treats infestations from Taenia taeniaformis in cats, and Taenia pisiformis in dogs. This prescription wormer is also indicated for the removal of multiple Echinococcus species.
Flea & Tick Control
Unless protected, dogs and cats of all ages can be harmed by a variety of parasitic infections.
Fleas can infest dogs and cats and in areas of moderate to severe infestation, people can be bitten by fleas. An infestation that is severe and not treated can cause death to a pet due to blood loss (anemia). Histamine-like compounds in flea saliva irritates the skin and allergies to fleas develop in both dogs and cats. There is no cure for flea allergy hypersensitivity, only management through flea control. The Pet Stop Clinic carries the latest products in the war on fleas including Bravecto, NexGard, Activyl, Comfortis and Frontline.
Ticks can cause lyme disease and other illnesses. It is important to control and prevent ticks from infesting pets, homes and humans. The Pet Stop Clinic carries the latest products for ticks including Bravecto and NexGard.