8 Steps to Keeping Your Pet Healthy: Microchipping

Pet Care Series: 8 Steps to Keep Your Pet Healthy – Microchipping At Bayside Veterinary Hospital, it is our mission to be the most reliable, responsible and respected providers of veterinary services to pets and their owners. It is through continuous education of our staff that we are able to better provide the care your pet needs to live a long healthy life. In our pet healthcare series, we will take a look at the eight steps you should take to ensure your pet remains in prime health. This week, we will take a look at the fourth step: Microchipping. Remember, as long as there are pets, even those belonging to the most responsible parents, they will go missing. Microchipping will give you the best chance of finding your pet should they get lost. Each year, 3 million to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Properly identifying your pet could make the difference between life and death of your beloved pet. Unfortunately, only 15% of dogs and 2 % of cats were reunited with their owners. Dog and cat microchipping is a simple procedure. A veterinarian simply injects the microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) beneath the surface of your pet’s skin in between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required. The microchip is programmed with an identification number that is read by a microchip scanner....

8 Steps to Keeping Your Pet Healthy: Vaccinations

Pet Care Series: 8 Steps to Keeping Your Pet Healthy At Bayside Veterinary Hospital, it is our mission to be the most reliable, responsible and respected providers of veterinary services to pets and their owners. It is through continuous education of our staff that we are able to better provide the care your pet needs to live a long healthy life. In our pet healthcare series, we will take a look at the eight steps you should take to ensure your pet remains in prime health. This week, we will take a look at the third step: Vaccinations. Proper and timely immunizations are extremely important to the well-being of your pet. Vaccines given at the proper time will help strengthen your pet’s immune system to fight off deadly diseases. So what exactly are vaccines and why should my pet get them? Vaccines help prepare the body’s immune system to fight the invasion of disease-causing organisms. Vaccines contain antigens, which look like the disease-causing organism to the immune system but don’t actually cause disease. When the vaccine is introduced to the body, the immune system is mildly stimulated. If your dog or cat is ever exposed to the real disease, his immune system is now prepared to recognize and fight it off entirely or reduce the severity of the illness. Essential Vaccinations for Your Dog Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHPP): Commonly called the “distemper shot,” this combination vaccine actually protects against all four diseases. Rabies: Rabies virus is fatal and all mammals, including humans, are susceptible to infection. Rabies vaccinations for dogs are required by law in most states....

8 Steps to Keeping Your Pet Healthy: Parasites

Pet Care Series: 8 Steps to Keep Your Pet Healthy At Bayside Veterinary Hospital, it is our mission to be the most reliable, responsible and respected providers of veterinary services to pets and their owners. It is through continuous education of our staff that we are able to better provide the care your pet needs to live a long healthy life. In our pet healthcare series, we will take a look at the eight steps you should take to ensure your pet remains in prime health. This week, we will take a look at the second step: Common Parasites. Cats and dogs are susceptible to a number of parasitic infections, several of which are zoonotic (possess the ability to infect people as well as animals). Parasite prevention is not only important for the health of your pet but also for the health of your family. Fleas and Ticks The most common type of parasites inflicting grief on your pet are fleas and ticks. These troublesome parasites not only cause problems with the skin, but they possess the ability to transmit a number of diseases to your pet. Fortunately, there are many safe and highly effective products available through your veterinarian that can treat and prevent flea and tick infestations. Regular use of one of these products can effectively prevent fleas and ticks from becoming a problem for your pet. It may be tempting to purchase an over the counter product for your pet’s protection, but be cautious since many of these products can have serious side effects if used improperly and may have limited effectiveness. Intestinal Parasites The most...