Vaccination and Parasite Prevention

Protecting Your Dogs and Cats


Protect Your Pet With Vaccinations and Parasite Prevention at Penfield Veterinary Hospital

When it comes to lifelong health and wellness, no conversation is complete without discussing appropriate vaccinations and parasite control.

Vaccination Frequency and Parasite Prevention

In general, the team at Penfield Veterinary Hospital believes the following are important for every cat and dog:

  • Rabies (both cats and dogs)
  • Canine distemper
  • Canine hepatitis
  • Canine leptospirosis
  • Canine parvovirus infection
  • Canine parainfluenza
  • Feline panleukopenia
  • Feline calicivirus infection
  • Feline distemper
  • Feline leukemia
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis

We also make specific recommendations based on the individual needs and lifestyle of each pet.

Fleas & Ticks
Not only are fleas and ticks irritating, but they can also lead to serious health problems as well. Using a flea and tick product regularly is essential to protecting your pet from discomfort and disease and can stop the spread of illness among people and animals.

Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal condition caused by footlong worms that live in the heart, lungs, and related blood vessels. There is an effective treatment option for dogs; however, the same medication cannot be used in cats, making prevention critical for felines. We generally recommend having your pet tested annually since early detection is always the best defense against infection.

Intestinal Parasites

Because most intestinal parasites are invisible to the naked eye, we screen for infections via microscopic analysis in our laboratory. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends fecal analyses two to four times in the first year of life and one to two times per year for adults.

A number of heartworm preventives are also effective against certain other intestinal parasites. This includes hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, or tapeworms. However, no single treatment can eliminate every parasite. We recommend consulting one of our veterinarians to determine the appropriate choice for your pet.

Which Product Is the Best?
For every pet, the best product is the one that accounts for his or her lifestyle and addresses parasites common to where you live. At Penfield Veterinary Hospital, we can discuss the advantages of different products and offer competitive values on parasite preventives through our pharmacy.
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