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In New Jersey all pets must be vaccinated by age 13 weeks. The first rabies vaccine a pet receives is only good for one year, so you must get another rabies vaccine one year after the first. After that, we recommend vaccinations every two years because many townships require a 10-month overlap in rabies protection.
Puppies and kittens should be between 6 to 8 weeks old when they receive their first vaccinations. This timing is during a window of opportunity when the young pet’s immune system is most receptive to the vaccinations to help build immunity.
Dental disease is the most common disease found in our pets. In fact, 70 percent of dogs and cats over age three have at least mild dental disease. Regular brushing helps prevent periodontal disease, an infection of the gums, bones, and other structures that support the teeth. Gingivitis and periodontitis cause pain and tooth loss, and can bring about other serious oral and systemic health problems. Try brushing your dog’s teeth, and working up to three times a week. Also contact the office for flavored toothpastes, and treats which help remove plaque and bacteria as your pet naturally chews.
My dog is usually inside, except for his daily walks. Do I really need to worry about heartworm disease?
Heartworm disease is spread by a bite from an infected mosquito. It doesn’t matter whether the mosquito finds your dog outside or on your sofa. Additionally, most dogs are exposed to mosquitos, especially during morning and evening walks. Therefore, you should have your dog tested for heartworm and if the test is negative, immediately begin preventive treatment. Most heartworm preventives also protect against intestinal parasites, which your dog can get from the feces of an infected animal. Better safe than sorry.
Spaying your dog at age 5-6 months, before first heat is recommended to protect her from breast cancer, uterine cancer and serious uterine infections.
Yes, we recommend it. All cats should minimally be vaccinated with the FVRCP&C. Not vaccinating against other feline diseases is a risky proposition. The only way your cat could be safe is if you could guarantee that your cat will never be exposed to any other cats either intentionally or by accident. This includes not boarding your cat or admitting him to a veterinary hospital. It means not allowing your cat to socialize with outdoor cats that may come up to a screen door or window, and never bringing another cat into your home without first determining it is free of disease.
As a general rule of thumb, any bird that that appears to be ill to its owner is usually seriously ill. Make an appointment immediately.
Here is a partial list of symptoms that signify potential illness in pet birds. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact our office:
Discharge, change in color, closing of or swelling of one or both eyes. Discharge from nostril/nostrils or vent. Plugged nostril/nostrils. Soiling of the head feathers. Sneezing. Difficulty manipulating food. Reduced appetite. Fluffed feathers. Inactivity. Droopy wings. Change in vocal quality or frequency. Weight loss. Equilibrium problems. Inability to perch. Swollen feet or joints Change in quality and of quantity of droppings. Open-mouthed breathing when at rest. Tail pumping. Visible lumps or masses anywhere on the body. Bleeding.