Many pet owners are concerned with the cost associated with veterinary visits, but avoiding the need for emergency care and being proactive in preventative care can save money over the lifetime of you pet. Pet insurance is available and recommended. There are several different companies that provide insurance. We recommend that you shop around and find one that best covers your pets needs.Vaccines
are important. Our doctors will design a vaccination protocol with vaccines that are suitable for your pet. The type and frequency of vaccination will be based on your pets lifestyle and risk of exposure to infectious disease. Our doctors have determined that most dogs will be vaccinated against: Rabies, Canine Distemper, Canine Infectious Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, Leptospirosis, and Bordetella. Most cats will be vaccinated for Rabies, Rhinotracheisis, Calici, Panleukopenia, and Feline Leukemia. Other vaccines may be recommended for your pet due to lifestyle and risk of exposure. Unvaccinated pets can easily contract these diseases. The diseases make the pet very ill and sometimes can be fatal. Some of these diseases, like Rabies and Leptospirosis are zoonotic and can be transmitted to people. For more information on these diseases ask our staff and we can provide you with more detailed literature.
It is fairly common for your pet to experience some discomfort after vaccinations. Usually starting within hours of vaccination and usually not lasting more then a couple of days.
Some of the following are normal reactions:
- Discomfort at the injection site.
- Mild fever.
- Decreased appetite and activity.
- Sneezing and respiratory signs.
Dogs and cats are not just pets. They are treated like members of the family. And like any family member it is important to keep them healthy and free of parasites. It is fairly common for a cat or dog to become infected with an internal or external parasite at some point in its lifetime. Parasites can affect your pet in a variety of ways, simple irritations to life-threatening conditions if left untreated. Some parasites can even infect and transmit diseases to the human members of your family. Annual parasite screening, and year round parasite control are the best ways to protect our pets from parasite infestations. There are several oral and topical preventatives available.Neutering
your pet is an important decision for pet owners. Neutering refer to the surgical sterilization of an animal. In other words, neutering ensures that your pet cannot reproduce.
Falker Veterinary Care Center typically neuters when a pet is 6 months old. It is best to have this surgery done before your pet reaches sexual maturity. Females should be spayed before their first heat. There are significant health benefits for your pet. For more information on the benefits of altering your pet please ask our trained staff. We are happy to help.Microchipping
We also recommend that you have your pet permanently identified with a microchip. This is not a tracking device but a device that allows your pet to be identified by authorities if it is picked up by the authorities. It can't be torn off or forgotten. A microchip can be given at any stage of life.
Now that we have your new family member on the right medical path let's review a few topics that may help you and your pet have a great relationship. Feed the right stuff. Feed a quality dog food, there are several out there. We recommend Science Diet foods with their 100% , your pet will eat it, money back guarantee. Even if the bag is open. There is no substitute to good nutrition. Do not over feed.
Overfeeding can lead to obesity, which can lead to other diseases. So if you think a little baby fat is okay, think again..Training
isn't something that happens only outside the home in a formal class setting. Your pet learns from an early age what it means to be a pet so it is important to provide him with the right guidance early on. Work with your pet several times a day using positive training skills. These mini sessions teach several basic skills, before enrolling into formal training around 4-6months of age. Cats can learn by simple training techniques too.
House training is a vital skill that some pups have a more difficult time to master then others. Sometimes their cues may or may not be obvious. Remember to allow him time to eliminate after he eats, sleep or plays. Here are some of the recommended supplies for house training:
- Puppy crate and /or pen
- collar and leash
- Puppy gates
- paper towels
- pet stain remover and odor neutralizer
- Puppy pads or synthetic grass house training product (Optional)
Know that we pride ourselves in practicing the best possible medicine, at affordable prices.
For emergency care 24 hours a day Call (989) 362-5711 and leave a message. Your call will be forwarded to the Doctor's cell phone.Welcome to our family.