Preventative care for dogs and cats
February 14, 2022
At Clarendon Street Vets we know only too well that prevention is better than cure when it comes to harmful diseases and health conditions. Each year, we see a lot of poorly pets whose condition could have been prevented by regular vaccination or other preventative healthcare
In this article, our team have collated their top preventative healthcare ‘must-haves’ for cats and dogs …
If you have any questions about caring for your pet, please get in touch and our team can talk you through the best combination of treatments.
Annual vaccinations not only protect your pet, but also help stop the spread of extremely harmful yet preventable diseases. It is important to keep up to date with the vaccination schedule recommended by your vet to give your pet optimum protection.
Dog vaccinations offer protection from:
- parvovirus, distemper, and hepatitis – These are all highly contagious and often deadly
- leptospirosis – This is a bacterial infection from contaminated water and soil
- kennel cough – This is highly contagious, and can be picked up anywhere, not just in boarding kennels
Cat vaccinations offer protection from:
- Feline panleukopenia virus ( also known as FPV, feline infectious enteritis or feline parvovirus)
- Feline herpesvirus (FHV-1, cat flu)
- Feline calicivirus (FCV, cat flu)
- Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV)
The owners of indoor cats often ask if their pets still need vaccinating every year. It is wise to remember that sometimes indoor cats can get out and neighbouring cats can get in, so there is still a small risk for un-vaccinated cats. Also, FPV can be transferred via contaminated water, feed bowls, or on shoes and clothing.
Not sure if your pet’s vaccinations are up to date? Get in touch with our team.
It is true that some parasites are more prevalent during warmer months however worms, fleas, and ticks pose a threat all year round – and can multiply at an alarming rate, therefore an ongoing preventative plan is essential.
Cat fleas cause itching and irritation, leading to excessive scratching, sores, hair loss, and scabbing. An infestation can also cause anaemia and fleas can carry tapeworms and other diseases. Unprotected cats are at risk of picking up roundworms too.
Lungworm is particularly concerning for dogs, as it can be fatal.
Parasite treatments are available in various forms, from monthly spot-ons or tablets (usually palatable) to longer lasting tablets and injections, so even if your pet is less than co-operative we can find something to keep your pet and your house parasite free.
If you are unsure if your pet is up to date with parasite control or you are wondering about the best option Contact our team for free advice.
The obvious reason to neuter your pet is to stop unwanted pregnancies. Kittens can get pregnant from as young as 4 months so it is important to discuss neutering before you grant your cat any freedom!
However, there are many more benefits to neutering your dog or cat.
These benefits include;
- prevention of testicular cancer and pyometra (pyometra is a uterine infection which can develop quickly into a very serious condition)
- reduced risk of mammary and prostate cancers
- reduction of some hormone-related behaviours (such as wandering to find a mate, territorial marking, sexual aggression and boisterousness)
- prevention of phantom pregnancies and seasons, which can be stressful for both you and your pet
Dental & Health Checks
Getting your dogs or cat’s dental and general health checked every 6 – 12 months is key to helping them stay in tip top condition for longer. Dental disease can be especially problematic for cats as most tend to hide pain and dislike having their teeth cleaned. Regular check-ups allow our vets to identify any issues early on and start treatment. Book a check-up.
Finally, this might not seem like a preventative measure, however, it is something we always discuss with pet owners when they bring in a new pet. Microchipping is quick and affordable and will greatly improve your chances of being reunited with your pet should they get taken to a vet practice, or animal shelter, after going missing or being in an accident.
When talking to pet owners about preventative care, our team also advise on other helpful measures such as behaviour training, nutrition, nail clips, and anal gland expressions. Every pet is different so a consultation with one of our team will ensure you get the best advice.
If you would like any more advice on the above or wish to book an appointment, just give us a call.