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Whether it's a yearly vaccine such as Bordetella, or the 3-year Rabies vaccine, we keep track for you. A couple weeks before your pet is due, we'll send an email to remind you to schedule an appointment.
As an extra layer of protection for your pet, we'll make a courtesy call or send another email within a few weeks of being past due for needed services. We do not want our vulnerable pets to go unprotected.
If your email seems like a bunch of medical jargon, here's an explanation of some typical reminders:
Head-to-tail comprehensive examination by our veterinarian to evaluate all body systems. This is especially important for the early detection of many diseases & conditions. We recommend two examinations each year, but require at least one & can schedule to coincide with vaccinations & other testing for your convenience. An examination once a year is needed in order to provide any medical services, refill prescriptions & use our Members Only Boarding services.
Bordetella or "kennel cough" vaccine
Protects dogs from a bacteria that causes upper respiratory infections. It is transmitted through the air & is recommended for all dogs that are ever around other dogs, & required for most boarding kennels, grooming facilities, dog parks & obedience classes. We will recommend your pet be vaccinated once a year. Some boarding, daycare & grooming facilities require the vaccine boosted every 6 months due to their high-risk environment.
DAPP or "Distemper Parvo" vaccine
Protects dogs against several common infectious diseases including Distemper (respiratory, GI), Adenovirus (also known as Hepatitis, respiratory), Parainfluenza (GI) & Parvovirus (GI). Puppy vaccines are started 6-8 weeks of age & boosted every 3-4 weeks until the puppy is 14 weeks or older. Adult dogs with unknown vaccine history must receive two initial vaccines 3-4 weeks apart to be adequately protected. All dogs receive a booster one year following initial series, then every three years thereafter.
Protects dogs & cats against the rabies virus - a fatal disease transmitted through the bite of a rabid/infected animal. This vaccine is required by law because rabies is 100 percent fatal & is a risk to pets & humans. We use the 3-year rabies vaccine & will remind you every three years. The initial vaccine is administered, then boosted 12 months later, then boosted every three years thereafter. Some communities may still require an annual rabies vaccine, even if the vaccine lasts for 3 years. We will walk you through the appropriate process for vaccinations & city licensing requirements. We will gladly file your Wichita city license & fees, Goddard city license & fees, & Sedgwick County license & fees.
Laboratory test performed on a sample of blood to detect the presence of heartworms. Heartworms are transmitted by infected mosquitoes & they live in the bloodstream, lungs & heart of infected pets. Heartworms can be fatal but are 100% preventable. Monthly heartworm prevention is recommended year-round. Annual heartworm testing is required for purchase of heartworm prevention.
FVRCP or "Feline Distemper" vaccine
Protects cats against several common infectious diseases including Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (respiratory). Calicivirus (upper respiratory) Panleukopenia (feline distemper, GI). Kitten vaccines are started 6-8 weeks of age & boosted every 3-4 weeks until the kitten is 14-16 weeks or older. Adult cats with unknown vaccine history must receive two initial vaccines 3-4 weeks apart to be adequately protected. All cats receive a booster one year following initial series, then every three years thereafter.
FLV or "Feline Leukemia" vaccine
Feline leukemia is a highly contagious virus of cats that can be transmitted from mother-to-kittens or between cats through their saliva. All kittens should be tested for leukemia, before the vaccine series is started. The feline leukemia vaccine is highly recommended for all kittens & cats that spend ANY time outdoors. The series involves an initial vaccine, a booster 3-4 weeks later, then annually thereafter.
The best way to protect your pet & your family is by prevention. A dewormer helps protect dogs & cats from two of the most common parasites - roundworms & hookworms - & is recommended by the Companion Animal Parasite Council. Roundworms & hookworms are zoonotic which means they can also be transmitted to humans. Puppies & kittens should receive a dewormer at each puppy/kitten visit. Adult pets should have a dewormer at least once a year, more frequently if parasites have been identified. Yearly deworming is a requirement to use our Members Only Boarding Services, giving you peace of mind that our boarding environment is as parasite-free as possible.
Fecal Examination or Intestinal Parasite Screen or "stool exam"
Laboratory test performed on a sample of fresh feces (within 12 hours) to detect the presence of intestinal parasites, commonly referred to as "worms." Ninety-five percent of puppies & kittens are born with or receive from their mothers, some sort of parasite. Without testing, the proper identification & treatment are not possible. One worm can produce more than 100,000 eggs each day which are then passed through the pet's feces & spread throughout their environment. Pets are always at risk of picking up parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia, Giardia & tapeworms, which can all be identified using this test. The Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends two to four fecal exams every year. We require a yearly fecal examination, more frequently if a parasite has been identified. A yearly fecal exam is a requirement to use our Members Only Boarding Services, giving you peace of mind that our boarding environment is as parasite-free as possible.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease - that can be fatal - transmitted through the urine of infected wildlife (squirrels, birds, raccoons, foxes, rabbits, deer). Pets do not need to come into contact with the infected animals, only their urine which can be found in st&ing water, puddles, on top of pool covers, bird baths & the like. Leptospirosis is also Zoonotic - which means humans can contract the disease as well. The bacteria attack the liver & kidneys, causing fatality if not treated. The series includes an initial vaccine, a booster 3-4 weeks later, then annually thereafter. The vaccine is recommended for dogs. Cats appear to have a natural resistance, therefore do not need to be vaccinated.