Animal hospital in Odessa preventative pet care

Preventative Pet Care

Preventive care is the most important factor in maintaining your pet's health. Please view below to learn more about the preventive measures that should routinely be done for your pet.

Animal Hospital offers Flea and Tick Control services in Odessa

Flea and Tick Control

Like most pet owners, you probably enjoy spending quality time with your pets both indoors and out. Don't leave them at risk for any unwelcome visits from pesky parasites like fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks can be very damaging to the human-animal bond, particularly when flea invasion gets out of control or when ticks hitch a ride with your pet. Not only can these unfriendly parasites make your pets extremely uncomfortable, they can pose grave health risks.

Since fleas can survive a cold winter by feeding on unprotected pets and ticks are active whenever it is warm enough outside for them to crawl about their surroundings, preventive measures should be taken year round. By undergoing measures to inhibit these outbreaks, the diseases these parasites transmit to pets and people can also be mitigated or prevented.

There are many safe and effective flea and tick control products available, and our veterinary team will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pets risk factors and health status. Once a year, it is important to discuss with your veterinarian which external pest control products are ideal for your household, based upon the everyday life of your pet.

Parasite Control

Intestinal parasites such as hookworms and roundworms can be a troublesome concern, especially for very young animals. Most puppies/kittens are born with worms and dogs/cats remain susceptible to the harmful parasites throughout their lives. Worms live inside your pet, making the symptoms difficult to pinpoint, and are therefore detected through a fecal analysis. Internal parasites can not only harm your pet, but many can also be transferred to children and adults, making them sick as well.

Our hospital performs a fecal analysis on all new puppies and kittens. If your pet does have a parasite problem, our veterinarians can provide you with different medications and treatments to remedy the problem and steer your pet back to good health. Preventive care and prescription heartworm medication are key, because of the damages presented by intestinal parasites to both pets and people. Our primary focus is to provide your pet with the safest and most effective ongoing preventive care.

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Parasite Control information at Odessa Animal Hospital
Vaccine Protocol at Odessa Animal Hospital

Vaccine Protocols

Vaccinations are vital to the health and protection of your pet, and serve as a preventive measure to combating viral diseases like Parvovirus, Parainfluenza virus, Distemper, Lyme, Panleukopenia, Feline Leukemia Virus and Rabies. Vaccinations are accompanied by a veterinarian consultation and examination to make certain that your pet's condition is stable enough to receive them.

Vaccinations help to combat diseases by exposing the pet's immune system to inactive or small amount of a particular form of bacteria or virus. Our doctors will help you decide which vaccines are appropriate for your pet's risk factors. Proper and timely administration is paramount to ensure for optimal protection. Vaccinations are particularly important to young animals that have immature immune systems. Vaccinations generally begin at 6-8 weeks of age and are given every three to four weeks until the series is completed.

Canine Vaccine Information

Distemper

Attacks the nervous system — this virus can develop into pneumonia — most common victims are puppies.

Hepatitis

A viral disease which affects the liver.

Parvo Virus

A viral disease which affects the intestines — this virus is very contagious to unprotected pets and can live in the area for months — this virus can be transmitted on our shoes and other articles — the main symptoms are depression, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.

Parainfluenza

A viral disease which affects the lungs causing flu like symptoms.

Bordetella

A bacterial disease causing canine tracheobronchitis, also known as “Kennel Cough” is very contagious to other dogs.  The cough can last up to 6 weeks.

Corona

A viral disease which affects the intestines — close cousin to parvo virus.

Fecal Floatation

Stool sample taken to check for intestinal parasites — we are typically looking for hookworms, roundworms whipworms, coccidia, giardia, and tapeworms. Deworming is done at your puppies first and second visits along with the fecal test.

Heartworm Preventative

Heartworms are caused by mosquitoes therefore, it is imperative that your pet stay on heartworm preventative for life. Your technician will go over your preventative choices.

Rabies

A viral disease that causes acute inflammation of the brain.

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Feline Vaccines at Odessa Animal Hospital

Feline Vaccine Information

FVRCP (Feline Distemper, Chlamydia, Rhinotracheitis, and Calici Virus)

Feline distemper affects the intestinal tract and blood cells and will also cause runny nose and eyes. Chlamydia, Rhinotracheitis, and Calici are all upper respiratory viruses that cause sneezing, runny eyes and nose, ulcers in the mouth, and pneumonia.

Feline Leukemia

This viral causes forms of cancer and breaks down the immune system.

Fecal Floatation

Stool sample taken to check for intestinal parasites — we are typically looking for hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, coccidia, giardia, and tapeworms. Deworming is done at your kittens first and second visits along with the fecal test.

Rabies

A viral disease that causes acute inflammation of the brain.