Hopmeadow Animal Hospital

235 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06089

(860)658-1931

www.hopmeadowanimalhospital.com

    Canine Wellness

 Annual examinations are recommended for all dogs to maintain overall health. For large breed dogs and senior pets over the age of 7, our veterinarians recommend semi-annual examinations; with early detection, treatments are more manageable and effective. During the exam the doctors will discuss your pet's health, diet, any behavior issues, overall wellness care, immunization schedule, dental care, parasite control, and answer any questions you may have.

Vaccinations:

Many canine diseases can be prevented through vaccination. Our veterinarians tailor each vaccination schedule to each individual pet. Exposure, lifestyle, and health of each pet are taken into account to determine which vaccinations are recommended.   

Rabies: Rabies is an acute viral infection that can affect all warm-blooded animals (i.e.: bats, skunks, raccoons, coyotes, fox, dogs, cats, humans). The disease is most often caused by a bite from an infected animal that has the rabies virus in its saliva. Once clinical signs appear the disease is always fatal. The State of Connecticut requires a current rabies vaccination on all cats and dogs over 12 weeks of age. At 12 weeks of age puppies or adult animals with no proof of previous vaccination, receive a vaccination that is legal and considered protective for 1 year. The following year they are given a vaccination that is legal and considered protective for 3 years. The vaccination is boosted sooner if there have been bite wounds of unknown exposure or exposure to suspect animals.  

Distemper:  The canine distemper vaccination includes protection against distemper, adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza, coronavirus and parvovirus. Distemper is a multi-systemic disease involving the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, skin, and central nervous system and is often fatal. Adenovirus causes liver disease, parainfluenza causes respiratory distress, and coronavirus and parvovirus cause vomiting and diarrhea. After the initial series of booster vaccinations, the distemper vaccine is considered protective for 1 year then each subsequent vaccination is good for 3 years.

Lyme: Lyme is a tick-transmitted disease that can cause fever, loss of appetite, lameness, and joint swelling. In advanced cases arthritis and renal disease can occur. Dogs that are exposed to ticks are recommended to receive the protection of the vaccination. The initial lyme vaccination is a series of 2 vaccines given 2 to 3 weeks apart and then followed by annual revaccination. 

 

nullLeptospirosis:  "Lepto" is a zoonotic disease, which means that it can be spread to humans.  Transmission occurs through direct contact with infected urine, bite wounds, or ingestion of infected tissues. Indirect transmission occurs through exposure to contaminated water sources, soil, food, or bedding. Any dog that is exposed to ponds, streams, puddles, or wildlife is suggested to receive this vaccine. The lepto vaccine is a series of 2 vaccines given 2 to 3 weeks apart and then is boosted annually.

Bordetella:  Bordatella is the cause of respiratory disease in dogs and is the primary causative agent of ITB or kennel cough. Kennel cough is considered to be among the most prevalent infectious respiratory diseases of dogs. Transmission occurs from dog to dog contact or from airborne contact with infectious secretions. Dogs that go to day care, boarding facilities, and dog grooming facilities are sometimes required to receive this vaccination. Ask prior to visiting these establishments. Vaccination consists of an annual injection, though some kennels or day care facilities require a booster every 6 months.

 

Influenza:  Influenza is a relatively new viral disease. It is a respiratory infection that spreads quickly and may lead to serious illness such as pneumonia and/or fever. It is spread by direct contact between dogs or via contaminated surfaces such as hands, clothing, furniature, and toys. Since this disease is so contagious and can be so health threatening, this vaccine is recommended for all dogs. The initial series consists of 2 vaccines given 2 to 4 weeks apart, then annually thereafter. null

 

Heartworm Testing:  Heartworm is a parasite that travels in the blood stream and is transmitted by mosquitoes.  The American Heartworm Association Society recommends annual testing for all dogs by veterinarians and advises owners to give their pets a monthly preventative such as HeartgardÃ’, or RevolutionÃ’. which can be purchased at the hospital. Annual testing consists of a small blood sample sent to the laboratory.

 

Fecal Testing:  Like most animals, dogs can be plagued with a variety of internal parasites some of which are zoonotic (transferred to people). These parasites affect the health of our pets and can affect our health. Our veterinarians recommend a minimum annual test of your pet's stool. The sample will be sent to the lab to test for: hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, coccidian, giardia, and tapeworms.