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Prevention of illness is our primary mission at Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital. We strongly recommend annual exams for all pets. This gives us the opportunity to do a thorough nose to tail exam, update any necessary vaccines and perform annual intestinal parasite and heartworm screening. We also offer preventive care panels depending on your pet's age and health.
Rabies – Rabies is a fatal viral disease that can affect all warm blooded animals. It is legally required for dogs and cats in most of the United States. We have seen cases of Rabies in this region, so vaccination for Rabies is imperative to protect your pets and your family.
DHPP - Commonly referred to as the canine distemper and parvo vaccine, it vaccinates against canine distemper, canine adenovirus, canine hepatitis, canine parainfluenza and canine parvovirus. This vaccine may be given in combination with leptospirosis
Leptospirosis – Leptospirosis is a potentially fatal disease that is caused by a bacteria spread in the soil, water and urine of infected animals. It can also potentially spread to humans from infected animals. Fortunately, we have a vaccine that covers for lepto. This vaccine may be given in combination with DHPP.
Bordetella – Bordetella bronchiseptica is a common contributor to kennel cough complex. Bordetella is strongly recommended for any dog that will be exposed to unknown dogs, such as at boarding facilities, grooming facilities or dog parks. We do require Bordetella vaccination for dogs to board at our facility.
Influenza – Georgia was one of the hotspots for canine flu in 2016. We carry vaccines that protect against both strains of canine influenza virus (H3N8 and H3N2) to help protect your pet.
Lyme – Lyme disease is transmitted by the deer tick and it can lead to a variety of health problems including shifting leg lameness, inappetance, fatigue, fever, and in some cases, death. Lyme vaccination decreases the risk of transmission of this disease from ticks.
Rattlesnake – The rattlesnake vaccine helps stimulate dogs to create antibodies to rattlesnake venom. While all dogs with a snakebite require treatment, vaccination may help decrease the severity.
Rabies - Rabies is a fatal viral disease that can affect all warm blooded animals. It is legally required for dogs and cats in most states in the United States. We have seen cases of Rabies in this region, so vaccination for Rabies is imperative to protect your pets and your family.
PRC – Commonly referred to as the feline distemper vaccine, it vaccinates against feline panleukopenia, feline rhinotracheitis and calicivirus.
Leukemia – Feline leukemia is a viral disease that is highly contagious through the respiratory and salivary secretions of infected cats. Prior to vaccination against feline leukemia, we will test your cat to make sure they are negative, and then we will recommend vaccination.
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease. It is transmitted by mosquitoes, and as such, we see cases fairly commonly in this region. Fortunately, heartworm disease is preventable. Prior to starting prevention, we will need to test your pet for heartworm disease. Once we know your pet's heartworm status, we will discuss the types of preventatives available and help you choose the one that is most appropriate for your pet. Year round heartworm prevention is strongly recommended. We will then recheck a heartworm test once yearly to confirm a negative status and make sure your pet stays healthy.
Feline leukemia is a highly infectious disease that causes immunosuppression followed be a variety of other disease syndromes in the immunosuppressed cat. Cats may ultimately develop a form of cancer. The disease is spread via direct contact with infected cats or food and water dishes.
FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) is a slow developing disease that attacks a cat's immune system leading to opportunistic infections. This disease is also infectious and is typically transmitted by bite wounds.
We recommend testing kittens over 8-9 weeks, although we may repeat the test for FIV after 6 months of age. Outdoor cats should be tested annually, and all cats should be tested prior to vaccination for feline leukemia.
Year round flea and tick prevention is strongly recommended in North Georgia and Western North Carolina. Not only will it help protect your pets and your house from these pesky parasites, but it will protect your pets from flea and tick borne diseases. Lyme disease is the most well known, however, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are examples of other tick borne diseases.
Not all flea and tick preventatives are created equally. We will consult with you during your exam regarding the best product for your pet.
Preventive Care Profiles include routine labwork which allows us to build a more complete picture of your pet's overall health. We may identify hidden health problems before they become severe giving us a better chance of treating the condition. If the labwork is normal, it gives us a baseline to measure future results against and allows us to monitor trends over time. We recommend these profiles annually.
JUNIOR PREVENTIVE CARE PROFILE (Recommended for pets 1-6 years old)
-CBC (complete blood count) – Gives us information about your pet's red and white blood cell counts therefore screening for anemia, infection or inflammation
-Serum chemistry – Gives us information about the condition of your pet's kidneys, liver, pancreas and helps identify any metabolic abnormalities
-Urinalysis – Identifies infection or inflammation in the urinary tract and gives us supplemental information about kidney function or other metabolic disease
SENIOR PREVENTIVE CARE PROFILE (Recommended for pets 6 years and older)
Includes everything in the Junior Preventive Care profile plus:
-Expanded Serum Chemistry – Gives us additional information about the health of your pet's internal organs
-Thyroid function test – Evaluates thyroid gland function as thyroid gland imbalances are more common in senior pets
-Blood pressure – Identifies hypo- or hypertension which may be primary or associated with many different disease processes
-Electrocardiogram (ECG) – Identifies problems with the electrical activity of the heart
-Includes everything in the standard Senior Preventive Care profile plus:
-Abdominal ultrasound – Screens for masses or other abnormalities in the internal organs. Identifying masses in the abdominal organs when a patient is asymptomatic allows us to take action early. This may involve surgical intervention prior to spread of a tumor or life-threatening complications.
-Includes everything in the Premium Senior Preventive Care profile plus:
-Echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound) – Identifies heart disease