Annual pet wellness exams are important to the overall health of your pet. At Avon Lake Animal Clinic we recommend an annual wellness visit for adult pets and biannual visits for seniors. During a wellness visit, your pet will receive a comprehensive physical exam, parasite screening, vaccine recommendations unique to your pet, and any age appropriate health profiles. We will discuss preventative health care, diet, behavioral issues and answer any questions that may arise. If any health abnormalities are identified, our veterinarians will recommend a treatment protocol specific to your pet.
Avon Lake Animal Clinic also offers puppy and kitten wellness plans. These affordable packages provide all that is needed to assure your new pet is healthy. Our veterinarians will discuss vaccine protocols, parasite control, feeding principles, house training and spay/neutering. At this time we will entertain any questions you might have about your new family member.
Dog and Cat Vaccinations
Avon Lake Animal Clinic follows the most current vaccine guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Traditionally, veterinarians subscribed to the theory that all pets need to be vaccinated annually for all diseases. Through substantial research, this practice has been disproved. It has been shown that many vaccines provide extended immunity in our pets. We are concerned that many pets, through outdated protocols, are over vaccinated. This could result in unnecessary risk for the pet and unneeded expense to the client. Our veterinarians are educated in the most current vaccine protocols and will tailor a vaccine plan appropriate to your pet’s needs and lifestyle. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions regarding vaccines and your pet.
Canine core (essential) vaccines:
- Hepatitis (adenovirus)
Canine non-core (optional but recommended) vaccines:
- Leptospirosis – Zoonotic (contagious to humans) disease transferred through urine of wildlife
- Bordetella – Respiratory cough transferred through social environments of boarding, grooming, daycare etc.
- Lyme’s Disease – Tick bourne illness transferred through the deer tick. Endemic in Northeast and Midwest of United States
- Canine Influenza
Feline core (essential) vaccines:
- Panleukopenia (distemper)
Feline non-core (optional) vaccines:
- Feline Leukemia – Recommended for any cat that has exposure to outdoors
Ferret core vaccines:
Every year many pets are lost and without proper identification, may never be reunited with their owners. Microchipping is a permanent way to identify your pet. This small passive chip, about the size of a grain of rice, is applied under the skin. The chip is then registered in a national database. When a pet is found, a microchip scanner is used to identify the chip number. The national database can be contacted and then you and your pet can be reunited. Avon Lake Animal Clinic uses Home Again as our microchip provider.