Preventative Pet Care

Preventative pet care is an important part of maintaining your pet’s health. Please view below to learn more about the preventative measures that should be routinely be done for your pet.

Animal Hospital offers Flea and Tick Control services in Chicopee

Flea and Tick Control

Many pet owners enjoy spending quality time with their pets both indoors and out. Don’t leave them at risk from unwelcome visits from parasites like fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks can be damaging to the human-animal bond, particularly when a flea invasion gets out of control or a tick hitches a ride on your pet. Not only can these parasites make your pets very uncomfortable, they can also pose certain health risks.

Fleas are not active just during the warmer months. During the colder months, they can survive indoors - in carpeting, flooring, furniture, basements…anywhere to get out of the cold. Indoors, these pests can continue to feed and reproduce. Ticks can also be active year round, even in the winter, and are not just in wooded areas. They can be carried not only by deer, but also by birds and rodents. That it why it is important to use a monthly preventative year round. By doing this, you can help inhibit these outbreaks, and the diseases they can transmit can be mitigated or prevented.

There are many flea and tick preventatives available, and the choices can seem overwhelming. Our team will help you choose the correct regimen based on your pet’s risk factors and lifestyle. We only recommend safe, effective and Veterinary-approved preventatives purchased through our Clinic. These products are not only more effective and safer, but are guaranteed to keep your pet flea and tick-free.

Heartworm and Parasite Control

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, which can create 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 can affect not only your dog, but your cat as well. Heartworm disease is a serious, progressive disease. The earlier it is detected, the better the chances the pet will recover. There are few, if any, early signs of disease when a dog or cat is infected with heartworms, so detecting their presence with the blood parasite test (4DX) done by our veterinarians is important. The test requires just a small blood sample from your pet. Not only does it check for the presence of heartworm disease, the test also checks for the presence of 3 other tick-borne diseases.

Intestinal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms can be a troublesome concern, especially if left untreated. Many puppies and kittens are born with intestinal parasites, usually passed on from the mother. Pets can be affected by intestinal parasites any time of the year. They can be spread not only by other cats and dogs, but from birds, rodents and wildlife, all which can cross into your yard. We recommend a fecal analysis whenever you get a new pet, and during his or her annual exam. Many of these parasites are microscopic and cannot be detected by the human eye. Not only can these parasites affect your pets, but they can affect you and your family, too.

We offer high-quality and veterinary-approved preventatives and medications to help keep your pet safe, healthy and parasite-free. They come in pill, chewable and topical forms. Ask our team or veterinarians which would be best for your pet, and avoid over-the-counter preventatives and medications.

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Parasite Control information at Chicopee Animal Hospital
Vaccine Protocol at Chicopee 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.

Vaccines help to prevent diseases by exposing your pet’s immune system to inactive or a minute amount of a particular form of bacteria or virus. Our veterinarians will help you to decide which vaccines are appropriate for your pet’s risk factor. A proper and timely vaccine protocol is vital to ensure optimal protection. They are also particularly important to young animals that have immature immune systems. Your puppy’s or kitten’s vaccination series should start between 6-8 weeks of age, and are repeated every 3-4 weeks until the vaccine series is completed, generally around 16 weeks.