Preventive Care

Vaccinations
Dr. Shoup will provide the vaccinations your dog and/or cat needs for protection against infectious diseases.  Every animals living situation and exposure is unique.  Here at East Main Animal Hospital we try to tailor the vaccination recommendations based on your individual pets risks.  We also strive to provide up to date recommendations, along with the most effective/safe versions of vaccinations available.


Heartworm
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease transmitted by mosquitos from pet to pet in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. Heartworm disease affects dogs, cats and ferrets, but heartworms also live in other mammal species, including wolves, coyotes, foxes, sea lions and—in rare instances—humans. Because wild species such as foxes and coyotes live in proximity to many urban areas, they are considered important carriers of the disease.


External Parasites
Anywhere in the country it is possible to come in contact with fleas, ticks, and other dangerous vectors to infect you pets.  They do not discriminate between city or rual areas... and a fence will not keep them out.  It only takes one bite to potentially spread disease.  When it comes to protecting your pets there is a wide variety of medications available to apply to your animal with a wide variety of cost.  We try to help guide you in the differences and effectiveness/safety concerns of each product.  (Not all preventions are created equal).  Please ask your Veterinarian prior to applying medication to reduce any possible negative side effects.


Internal Parasites-the dirty truth
Intestinal parasites are parasites that can infect the gastro-intestinal tract of animals and humans alike.  They can live throughout the body, but most prefer the intestinal wall.  Some intestinal parasites are considered Zoonotic, (meaning they can be shared between animals and pets).  Most Zoonotic parasites are shared through a fecal-oral contamination.....one of the biggest defenses is to wash your hands after cleaning up after your pet.  We recommend to have a microscopic fecal examination done at least once a year to hopefully catch any infection as soon as possible.  (In Michigan the current stats for roundworm infection in dogs is1 dog out of 45 dogs, and cat roundworm infection is 1 cat out of 15 cat samples).   If your pet stays on a monthly heartworm/intestinal parasite prevention their risk for contracting intestinal parasites will decrease.  Unfortunately one prevention does not take care/prevent all intestinal parasites. 

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