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.
4 in 1 -FVRCPC
The 4 in 1 vaccination provides protection from Feline Viral Rhinotrachetis (FVR), Calicivirus, Panleukopenia & Chlamydia. This vaccination may start as early as 8 weeks in healthy cats, booster every 3-4 weeks until at least 16 weeks, then administered annually.
Feline Leukemia (FeLV) Testing & Vaccine
Feline leukemia can be spread by lateral or vertical transmission. Lateral transmission is from cat to cat by close contact such as sharing food bowls, grooming, or fighting. Vertical transmission is from mother to kittens. The virus commonly causes anemia or lymphoma, but because it suppresses the immune system, it can also predispose cats to deadly infections. Feline leukemia is a disease that only affects cats — it cannot be transmitted to people, dogs, or other animals. Cats can receive the leukemia vaccine at 8 weeks of age, boostered in 3-4 weeks.
At The Pet Stop we recommend Feline Leukemia Testing to the cat owner if his/her cat has never been tested in order to determine the FeLV status of the individual cat. If the cat is negative, vaccination is recommended especially where cats have a higher risk of exposure such as in multiple cat households.
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. The Pet Stop carries Revolution to prevent heartworm infection in cats.
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 & Ticks
Fleas and Ticks 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 Revolution, Activyl, Comfortis and Frontline.