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Canine Standard Of Care

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

Our doctor and/or veterinary technician will complete a thorough examination of your pet on an annual basis.  Pets over the age of 3 should have bi-annual exams since they are aging at a minimum of 7 years to every one of ours.  If your pet is having any health issues, please let us know during your visit.

 

DA2PL VACCINE

For puppies/dogs 6 weeks and older

3 boosters are required initially (2-3 weeks apart), then given annually.

This vaccine combination includes protection against - Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus types 1 & 2, Canine Parvovirus and 4 different serovars of Canine Leptospirosis. These common canine viruses and diseases can be life threatening to your pet.

 
BORDETELLA VACCINE
For puppies/dogs 8 weeks and older

Oral Vaccine - Only one vaccine is required initially, thereafter, an annual vaccine is required for continued protection. This vaccine help to protect against kennel cough.  Kennel cough is a contagious cough your pet can get from being around unprotected dogs or boarding facilities.

 

RABIES VACCINE
For puppies/dogs 12 weeks and older

Rabies vaccines must be given before 6 months of age to ensure your pet is protected.  After the initial rabies vaccine, your pet should receive a rabies vaccine at least every three years.  Requirements for the rabies vaccine vary from state to state.

 

LYME DISEASE VACCINE

For puppies/dogs 9 weeks or older

2 boosters (2-3 weeks apart) are required initially, then given annually.

Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria, which is spread primarily by the painless bite of an infected tick.  If you live near a field or wooded area your pet should have this vaccine. 

 

CANINE INFLUENZA (H3N8) VACCINE

For puppies/dogs 6 weeks or older

2 boosters (2-4 weeks apart) are required initially, then given annually.

Canine Influenza (H3N8) is a newly emerging infectious disease caused by a "flu" virus.  Because the virus is relatively new, dogs have no natural immunity to it unless they have already had the virus and have recovered from it.  

 

INTESTINAL PARASITE SCREENING

Annual Screening

This screening helps us determine if your pet has any intestinal worms and other microscopic parasites.  Some parasites can be passed from your pet to you or your children.  Therefore, it is important to have you dogs feces checked every year.

 

URINALYSIS

Annual Screening

Kidney disease is the leading cause of death in geriatric patients.  Many dogs show no signs or symptoms of having a problem.  Urinalysis can also show signs of early liver problems, bleeding disorders, high blood sugar or urinary tract infections.

 

4DX+ TESTING (HEARTWORM + TICK BORNE DISEASES)

Annual screening

This examination of your pet's blood will test to see if your dog has heartworms. It also checks for other tick borne diseases such as Lyme disease, Anaplasma Phagocytophilum, Anaplasma platys, Ehrlichia Canis and Ehrlichia ewingii.  Even if your dog has been on heartworm preventive, annual testing is recommended. Though most heartworm preventatives supply sufficient protection, no preventive is 100% effective.

 

HEARTWORM PARASITE PREVENTIVE

TO BE GIVEN YEAR ROUND  

Heartworms are passed when an infected mosquito bites your dog.  Heartworms are preventable when a monthly preventive is given year round, even in the winter months.  Mosquitoes can live in your house throughout the winter and feed on your dog during that time. The price of monthly preventive is a fraction of what it would cost to treat your dog should he or she become infected with heartworms.  In addition, the heartworm preventives that we carry have a broad-spectrum intestinal parasite treatment and controller, which will keep your pet free of most intestinal parasites year round.

 

WELLNESS OR SENIOR SCREENING

Annual screening

Just like with people, your pet's health will change as it ages.  Since pets age faster than people do, major health changes can happen quickly.  The annual screening consists of blood work (10 blood chemistries, complete CBC & electrolyte panel) that will check your pet's liver, kidneys, pancreas, blood sugar, minerals and electrolytes.  Uncovering disease before it's too late will help your pet live a long and healthy life.

 

Feline Standard of Care

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

Our doctor and/or veterinary technician will complete a thorough examination of your pet on an annual basis.  Pets over the age of 3 should have bi-annual exams since they are aging at a minimum of 7 years to every one of ours.  If your pet is having any health issues, please let us know during your visit.

 

FEL-O-VAX Lv-K IV + CALICIVAX VACCINE

For kittens/cats - 10 weeks or older

2 boosters are required initially (2-3 weeks apart), then given annually.

This combination vaccine will prevent against Panleukopenia (feline distemper), Rhinotracheitis (upper respiratory infection) Chlamydia, Calicivirus (upper respiratory infections) and Feline leukemia (LvK) is a form of cancer in cats. Cat bites by an infected cat can readily transmit infection. Excluding cat bites, FeLV is not a highly contagious virus, and transmission generally requires a prolonged period of close contact between infected and susceptible cats.  Other routes of transmission can include close contact activities such as mating, mutual grooming, and sharing of litter trays and food bowls.  FeLV is usually fatal. Studies have shown that 80-90% of FeLV-infected cats will die within 3 to 4 years of initial diagnosis.

 

RABIES VACCINE

For kittens/cats - 12 weeks or older

Rabies vaccines must be given before 6 months of age to ensure your pet is protected.  After the initial rabies vaccine, your pet should receive a rabies vaccine at least every three years.  Requirements for the rabies vaccine vary from state to state.

 

INTESTINAL PARASITE SCREENING
Annual Screening

This screening helps us determine if your pet has any intestinal worms and other microscopic parasites.  Some parasites can be passed from your pet to you or your children.  Therefore, it is important to have your your cats feces checked every year.

 

URINALYSIS

Annual Screening

Kidney disease is the leading cause of death in geriatric patients.  Many cats show no signs or symptoms of having a problem.  Urinalysis can also show signs of early kidney, liver problems, bleeding disorders, high blood sugar or urinary tract infections.

 

 

FELINE TRIPLE TEST (Feline Leukemia, FIV & Heartworm)

Annual Screening

This examination of your pet's blood will test for Feline Leukemia, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and heartworms.  We recommend any kitten/cat that is newly acquired, sick or any cat that is "at risk" (exposed to unvaccinated cats or any out door kittens/cats) be tested on an annual basis. 

 

HEARTWORM PARASITE PREVENTIVE

TO BE GIVEN YEAR ROUND  

Heartworms are passed when an infected mosquito bites your cat.  Heartworms are preventable when a monthly preventive is given year round, even in the winter months.  Mosquitoes can live in your house throughout the winter and feed on your cat during that time. There is not current treatment for cats with heartworms.  In addition, the heartworm preventives that we carry have a broad-spectrum intestinal parasite treatment and controller, which will keep your pet free of most intestinal parasites year round.

 

WELLNESS OR SENIOR SCREENING

Annual Screening

Just like with people, your pet's health will change as it ages.  Since pets age faster than people do, major health changes can happen quickly.  The annual screening consists of blood work (10 blood chemistries, complete CBC & electrolyte panel) that will check your pet's liver, kidneys, pancreas, blood sugar, minerals and electrolytes.  Uncovering disease before it's too late will help your pet live a long and healthy life.  

Flea Prevention & Elimination Information

FLEA & TICK PROTECTION PRODUCTS

Please visit our "Flea & Tick Prevention" section found under the "Services" tab on our website for all of the products that we carry at our hospital. 

 

IF YOU HAVE A MULTI-PET HOUSEHOLD, ALL PETS IN THE HOUSE SHOULD BE TREATED!

 

If you are seeing fleas now, you will need to treat your pet continually for a minimum of 3 months to get the fleas under control.  Ideally, all pets should be on a year-round treatment to prevent further health problems as fleas can cause anemia and other blood-borne diseases, especially in young or debilitated dogs & cats.

All topical products work with the natural oils in your pets' skin, so bathing right before you apply a topical flea/tick product or too frequently can strip the skin of these oils and render topical products ineffective.  Please review the following bathing information to ensure that the topical product is used to it's fullest capacity. 

 

BATHING AND TOPICAL PRODUCTS

 

  1. Bathing your pet before you apply a topical product is okay as long as a "soap free shampoo" is used.  We exclusively recommend Pearlyt or Hylyt shampoos.
  2. If you do not have a "soap free" shampoo, bathe either 2 days prior to or 2 days following the topical application. This will allow the skin to replenish the natural oils and allow the topical product to work properly.
  3. *DO NOT USE DAWN DISH SOAP TO BATHE YOUR PET! - *The only exception to this rule would be if you need to remove any previous flea product (that has been applied within 1 week) and this would need to be done 2 days prior to or 2 days following the new topical application.

 

 

ENVIROMENTAL PREPERATION AND TREATMENT

 

In addition to treating your pets, the environment in which they live (your house & yard) should be treated as well.  Listed below are suggestions for you when treating your house and yard:

 

HOUSE PREPERATION

 

  • Prior to any treatment, be sure to vacuum* everything!  Vacuum all floors, furniture (remove all cushions and vacuum in the cracks and crevasses of the furniture), under furniture, in closets, behind doors and anywhere your pet sleeps or lies. By vacuuming, it can stimulate the pre-adult fleas to emerge from their protective cocoons.

  • FOR BAGGED VACUUMS - when you are done vacuuming, remove the bag, throw it in a trash bag and throw it in the dumpster. 

  • FOR BAGLESS VACUUMS - empty the contents of the vacuum in a trash bag and take it to the dumpster. *If there are any throw-rugs, clothes or pet bedding laying on the floor, gather it up and throw it in the washer (wash in hot water whenever possible) before you vacuum.

  • Option A - Foggers - Remove pets and people from the house.  Cover aquariums and fish bowls.  Remove or cover food and drinking water.  Wait 2 hours before going back into the house.  Follow ALL of the label directions prior to and following use of foggers. 

  • Option B - Area Treatment Spray - Remove pet and people who are sensitive to odorous sprays.  Spraying can be performed while people and pets are in the house, but take special precautions insuring that there is proper ventilation while you are spraying (keep windows open).  After vacuuming and picking up bedding, spray one room at a time, closing off each room that you have sprayed, preferably leaving the room closed for a couple of hours following the treatment. Follow ALL of the label directions prior to and following use of foggers.

  • With foggers or spray, spray everywhere.  Foggers can be used as spray - don't completely depress the tab, just hold it down to lightly spray.  Spray all floors, furniture (remove all cushions and vacuum in the cracks and crevasses of the furniture), under furniture, in closets, behind doors and anywhere your pet sleeps or lies.

  • After all of the fogging and spraying is completed, vacuum again, removing the bag or the contents of the container, throwing it in a trash bag and taking it to the dumpster.

  • Spraying your yard for fleas is also recommended.  This will ensure that fleas outside are taken care of as well.  The most convenient sprays will connect to your hose and should offer at least 4 weeks of control.

  • Don't neglect your car.  If you have had your pet in your vehicle, or been in contact with family or friends who's pets have fleas, (or plan to) be sure to spray there as well.

  • Over the next 3 months, vacuum very frequently and always remember to empty the container or bag into a trash bag, then into the dumpster. 

 

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS FOR YOUR HOUSE AND YARD

 

HOUSE TREATMENT PRODUCTS

Knockout Fogger w/ Nylar an IGR- 

  • Kills adult and pre-adult fleas, including flea eggs for 7 months.
  • One fogger will treat a room up to 27' x 27' with an 8' ceiling.
  • FOLLOW ALL LABEL INSTRUCTION PRIOR TO USE.

 

Knockout E.S. Area Treatment Spray w/ Nylar an IGR-

  • Kills fleas & ticks.
  • Prevents flea infestations for 7 months.
  • One 16oz container will treat 2100 square feet. 
  • FOLLOW ALL LABEL INSTRUCTIONS PRIOR TO USE.

 

YARD TREATMENT PRODUCTS

Siphotrol Yard Spray

  • Kills and repels mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and other listed insects.
  • Up to 4 weeks of control.
  • 32oz treats up to 5,000 square feet.
  • FOLLOW ALL LABEL INSTRUCTIONS PRIOR TO USE.

 

There are many different flea products on the market for your pet, house and yard. If you are interested in products that we do not carry, please ask us for more information.

With continued treatment, your pet and house will be a flea-free zone!

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Pet Insurance

To help with the cost of veterinary care, we recommend pet insurance to all of our clients.  Americans spend an average of $5 billion on their pets during the holidays and more than $50 billion annually, according to the American Pet Owner's Association. Pet insurance can help you afford the very best wellness care for your pet, as well as be prepared for the unexpected emergency visit.  Plans can take care of your pets needs from accident and illness only to complete wellness care such as annual checkups, vaccinations and flea and heartworm preventative medication.

 

For more information on pet insurance, please visit the websites listed below to help you decide which company/policy may be best for you and your pet:

 

Embrace Pet Insurance

ASPCA Pet Insurance

CareCredit

When your pet suffers, so do you.

 

That's where a CareCredit healthcare credit card comes in.

CareCredit is designed to specifically cover health, beauty and wellness needs including veterinary costs. That means that CareCredit can cover the health care of every family member - even the furry ones.

 

You can use CareCredit over and over* either for follow-up visits with your veterinarian or to pursue the pet dentistry you've wanted. Whether it's an everyday checkup or an emergency surgery, we offer you special financing options, so you can worry about the important stuff. You know, like playing fetch and learning new tricks.

 

Click to Apply for CareCredit today or to apply over the phone, call us toll free at (800) 677-0718. 

 

To see how much your payments will be, click here for the CareCredit payment calculator.

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American Kennel Club (AKC)

The AKC is not the only registry of purebred dogs in the U.S., but it is the only non-profit registry and the one with which most Americans are familiar. Founded in 1884, the AKC is the largest purebred dog registry in the world. Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership.

 

For mor information, please visit the AKC website.

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Animal Emergency & Critical Care Center of Toledo

Animal Emergency & Critical Care Center of Toledo is open 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays. Their staff of veterinarians is on-site, not on-call.  We also maintain a full staff of veterinary technicians, assistants and receptionists. We are always prepared to help your animal, from minor lacerations to major surgeries at any time. 

 

For non-emergency information, please visit Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Toledo website or call  419-473-0328.

 

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Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Lorain

Animal Emergency and Specialty Center (AESC) provides emergency and specialty Referral services to dogs and cats in Northern Ohio. They work together with your family veterinarian to give your pet the best care possible. Their emergency service is available for those unexpected emergencies that occur when your veterinarian is not open.

 

For non-emergency information, please visit the Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Lorain website or call 440-240-1400.

Paws & Remember Pet Crematory

Paws & Remember was founded to support pet owners in their time of loss. Since 1997, they have been providing full-service memorialization for pets of every description. Their high-quality pet cremation, personalized pet urns, and pet remembrance products help pet owners and families express their feelings and pay tribute to their pets.

 

Paws & Remember works to help pet owners in a time of mourning and reflection. By bringing together support services and memorialization options, Paws & Remember helps pet owners cope with loss and honor their pets in an appropriate, meaningful way.

 

You can trust your pets' after-care to Paws and Remember.  If you have any questions regarding their services, please give us a call or visit the Paws & Remember webiste.

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AVMA

The AVMA is a not-for-profit association representing more than 84,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services. The AVMA acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession. 

 

For more information, please visit the AVMA website.

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Bird and Exotic Pet Wellness Center

Birds and exotic pets are unique animals requiring advanced knowledge in their structure, function and diseases for proper treatment. In 2006 we opened our hospital, The Bird and Exotic Pet Wellness Center, to provide quality care for these special pets- including birds, reptiles, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, mice and other small pocket pets, amphibians, fish and exotic hoof stock. For all of these special animals, yearly veterinary exams tailored for their needs should be performed. 

 

For more information, please visit the Bird and Exotic Pet Wellness Center website or

call 419-843-3137.

Humane Society of Ottawa County

The Humane Society of Ottawa County is a non-profit animal shelter with facilities to shelter and find new homes for cats and dogs. Their shelter receive NO government funding and relys on donation and adoption fees to keep them going. Their goal is to turn unwanted, uncared for and abused animals into loving members of new families. They are dedicated to a program of spaying and neutering animals to ensure that more animals find their way into caring homes.

This is a "NO KILL" humane society.

 

For more information, please visit the Humane Society of Ottawa County website

or call 419-734-5191.

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Humane Society of Erie County

Ready for a lifetime commitment to a pet?

 

If the answer is "Yes!" then please go see the wonderful animals they have for adoption.  They invite all prospective adopters to visit the dogs and cats in our Shelter and spend sometime with them in our " Get-Acquainted " areas.

 

For more information, please visit the Humane Society of Erie County website or

call 419-626-6220.

Humane Society of Sandusky County

Humane Society of Sandusky County

The Humane Society of Sandusky County is a non-profit organization that receives no local government funding. All of their monies are derived from local contributions and fund raising.

 

The Humane Society of Sandusky County was established in 1986. The purpose of the Humane Society is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals and the establishment of humane educational programs in the Sandusky County school systems and throughout the community.

 

For more information, please visit the Humane Society of Sandusky County website or call 419-334-4517. 

 

 

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Canine Bliss Dog Training

Sit, Stay, and Play.... the Canine Bliss Way!

 

Canine Bliss offers a variety of classes to handlers and their dogs.  They offer puppy, canine companion levels 1 and 2, canine good citizen, therapy dog introduction, maintenance class, tricks'n stuff, rally obedience and agility just for fun.

 

For more information, please visit the Canine Bliss website or

call 419-332-3647.

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Dog Food Advisor

The Dog Food Advisor is a website designed to help you make a more informed decision when shopping for dog food.  

 

This website also offers (click on the following topic for more information):

 

For more information, please contact the Dog Food Advisor website.

Ohio Critter Control

Critter Control, the nation?s leading wildlife control company, is skilled at dealing with many of the nation?s most bothersome pests. Whether you need to get rid of pesky raccoons or squirrels from your attic, remove moles that are ravaging your lawn or prevent geese from making a mess on your property, count on Critter Control to get the job done in a safe, effective and humane manner.  For more information or help with getting rid of a unwanted critter,call (855) 464-3124 or click here for more information.

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OVMA

All professionals, no matter their line of work, need a support system. Since 1884, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association has provided that necessary function to its members and the entire community. To accomplish this, the OVMA's mission is to foster lifelong learning, stewardship, compassion, and community in veterinary medicine.

 

The OVMA strives to be a trusted and valued source of information, not only for veterinarians, but government bodies, academic institutions, and the general public. We aim to stay current on advances in technology, research findings, recalls, new products, and any other developments that affect veterinarians, their clients, and their patients.

 

The OVMA represent more than 2,400 veterinarians in a variety of fields and specialties, working in both urban centers and rural communities. They know that they can best accomplish what's necessary by joining together, and together, they share best practices, support one another, and impact the future of veterinary medicine.

 

For morre information, please visit the OVMA website.

 

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Pet Health Network

Answers from veterinarians about your pet's health, behavior and care.  This website is dedicated to the health and well-being of pets covering complete information from puppy, adult and senior care for cats and dogs.

 

For more information, please visit the Pet Health Network website.

Pet Poison Helpline

Did your dog or cat just eat something poisonous? Call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately. The sooner a dog poisoning or cat poisoning is diagnosed, the easier, less expensive, and safer it is to treat your pet.

 

For non-emergency information, please visit the Pet Poison Helpline website or

call toll free at 800-213-6680.

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Safe Harbor Schnauzer Rescue

They Rescue Schnauzers Then Find Them Loving Homes!

Most of their dogs are found in "High Kill" dog pounds throughout Ohio.  Many are strays while others are turned in by people who can no longer care for these dogs for a wide variety of reasons. 

Other dogs are turned over directly to them by their loving owners, who are going through tough times, like, bankruptcy, divorce, moving, and by people who can no longer care for their dogs due their own health.

 

For more information, please visit the Safe Harbor Schnauzer Rescue website.

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Royal Canin Veterinary Diets

Nutrition is an important component in the overall health of your pet and veterinarians can play a key role in determining the appropriate nutrition for your pet. That's why we provide health nutrition available exclusively through your veterinarian. Ask our staff or veterinarian which of our diets would be right for your pet.

 

For more information, please visit the Royal Canin website.

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Hill's Science Diets

America's pet nutrition experts since 1939.

For more than 70 years Hill's has pledged to enrich and lengthen the special relationships people have with their pets. Our foods are made with balanced nutrition for happy, healthy lives together.

 

For more information, please visit the Hill's Science Diets website.