An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure for your Dog or Cat
Our passion for pet wellness is not reserved for the times you have to walk through our door. It is important to us at Hefner Road Animal Hospital that we empower you with the knowledge you need to provide the best care for your pet.
- Semiannual nose-to-tail wellness checkups
- Dental care (at the clinic and at home)
- Semiannual vaccinations
- Senior pet care —Seniors are far more susceptible to disease than younger pets, but fortunately many of these diseases can be cured or managed when caught early
We understand that despite the most thorough preventive treatment, your pet may experience illness or injury. We effectively manage challenging medical and surgical cases. Our compassionate veterinary staff strives to provide the highest level of service to you and care to your pet in a warm, safe, and inviting atmosphere.
Vaccinations for Your Pet
All pets are susceptible to disease when left unvaccinated, especially puppies and kittens. Without the protection that routine vaccinations offer our cats and dogs, deadly diseases would still be commonplace. But thanks to modern vaccines, disease has been greatly reduced.
Common pet diseases and their vaccinations:
- Canine and feline rabies, given annually—This is a viral disease that causes acute encephalitis in warm-blooded animals. The disease is zoonotic, meaning it can be transmitted to humans from another species. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death.
- Canine parvovirus, given annually—The canine parvovirus (CPV) infection is a highly contagious viral illness that affects dogs. The virus manifests itself in two different forms, intestinal form (which is characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lack of appetite) and cardiac form (which attacks the heart muscles of very young puppies, often leading to death).
- Canine distemper, given annually—Canine distemper is a contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure. The virus affects the respiratory, urogenital, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems.
- Feline distemper, given annually—Feline panleukopenia virus (FPV), also commonly referred to as feline distemper, is a highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease in the cat population. This virus affects the rapidly dividing blood cells in the body, primarily the cells in the intestinal tract, bone marrow, and stem cells of the developing fetus.
- Canine heartworms—Heartworm disease is a dangerous parasitic infection that is transmitted by mosquitoes. The worm, a Dirofilaria Immitis parasite, lodges itself in the pulmonary artery of the dog’s heart and grows.
- Feline leukemia, given annually—Feline leukemia is a cancer that spreads in the tissues of the body that create blood. The condition causes the white blood cells to multiple abnormally; a problem interferes with the immune system. The disease is spread from cat to cat through urine, feces, milk from the mother/female cat to kitten, saliva (high concentration of virus), secretions that come out of the nose (high virus concentration), two cats that groom each other, and shared litter box.
- Canine leptospirosis (lepto for short), given annually—Lepto is a serious bacterial disease of dogs. It is carried by wild animals that are commonly found in our backyards like opposums and raccoons. It generally attacks a dog’s liver and kidneys, and can lead to organ damage or failure.
- Bordetella, given annually—Often known as kennel cough, this vaccine is highly recommended, especially if your pet frequents boarding facilities, grooming salons or is in contact with other dogs. This includes the dogs next door. Bordetella is highly contagious form of upper respiratory infection similar whooping cough in humans.
- Canine influenza, given annually upon request—Yes, your dog can also contract the flu, however we have not included this vaccine in the required core vaccinations. While there have been issues with canine influenza in other areas of the U.S., we have not had a confirmed case in the state of Oklahoma. We do carry the vaccine if you wish to include it in your dog’s regular vaccine schedule. If your pet has not had this vaccine before it will need to be boostered, or re-administered, in 3 weeks after in the initial vaccination in order to ensure its efficacy.