Glenway Animal Hospital

6272 Glenway Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45211

(513)662-0224

glenwayanimalhospital.com

 

 

May 

Celebrate National Pet Week with Glenway Animal Hospital and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).  The goal of National Pet Week is to promote public awareness of veterinary medicine and responsible pet ownership.  Our pets enrich our lives everyday!  Remember to return the unconditional love and make time for the activities they enjoy.  For more information and ideas check out www.petweek.org .

 

Responsible pet ownership begins with basic wellness exams.  Wellness exams are especially important for our pets because they can not tell us how they are feeling.  The wellness visit includes a comprehensive physical exam,  vaccines, parasite screening and deworming, along with a heartworm test and heartworm prevention for canines.  Services performed at the wellness exam not only prevent diseases, like parasites and heartworm disease, but can lead to early detection of health problems.  Problems are easier and less expensive to treat the earlier they are detected.  Glenway Animal Hospital recommends diagnostic testing, like bloodwork and a urinalysis, once a year.

For more information check out Glenway Animal Hospital's standard of care for wellness exams, or these links for more information on: vaccines, diagnostic testing, cat diseases that can be prevented by vaccines and deworming, dog diseases that can be prevented by vaccines and deworming .

 

AVMA's 9 things you can do to be a responsible pet owner:

  1. Keep your pet healthy, with the help of your veterinarian;
  2. Properly socialize your dog and teach him/her to be obedient and listen to you;
  3. Always clean up after your pet;
  4. Keep your cat indoors;
  5. Keep your dog on a leash during walks and when outside your fenced yard (with leash-free dog parks being an exception to this rule);
  6. Microchip your pet and make sure the registration information stays up-to-date;
  7. Spay or neuter your pet
  8. License your pet (if required by law)
  9. Budget for potential emergencies

 

 

 

 

Our doctors and staff know that you consider your pet to be a member of the family and we want to help your pet live the longest and happiest life possible. Wellness exams and routine screening tests are big steps toward helping your pets achieve these goals.

We believe that offering semi-annual wellness exams is the best health care approach for your pets because pets age up to seven times faster than people, so when it comes to their health care, a visit to the veterinarian every year is equivalent to people seeing their physician or dentist every seven years. Along with cats and dogs, Glenway Animal Hospital treats pocket pets, which include: rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas, and rats. 

The first exam of the year will include a comprehensive physical, the traditional vaccines, and parasite screens. The second visit (6 month wellness) will include a second comprehensive physical exam and some further diagnostics like blood tests, electrocardiogram screens, blood pressure monitoring, urinalysis, and x-rays. Our doctors also check for teeth maloclusions at each pocket pet exam.  Problems are easier (and cheaper) to fix when they are found early, but if we're going to find problems we need to look for them since our patients might not complain about them until they're really serious.

 

Parasite Screen:

  • Fecal test: the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Companion Animal Parasite Council recommend that veterinary institutions test each pet?s fecal sample and administer Strongid-T, a broad spectrum anti-parasitic medication, to all of our patients every 6 months. This is because many of the parasites that our pets may carry are zoonotic (animal to human) infections. For more information on please visit: www.cdc.gov/healthypets/animals and www.capcvet.org .

Bloodwork/Urinalysis:

  • Bloodwork: is important for healthy or sick pets. It gives us base-line information to gauge what is normal for your pet, diagnostic information when your pet is sick, and pre-surgical evaluations to determine if your pet is healthy enough to undergo the anesthesia.

  • Urinalysis: is important because it is often the best early indicator of important issues that don't often present themselves until the symptoms become more severe. We use urinalysis to screen for dehydration, diabetes, infections, and blood in the urine caused by more serious issues such as bladder stones.

Vaccines for your dog:

Please check out our Puppy FAQs.

  • Distemper/Parvo (DHLPP-CVK or DA2PP-CVK): annual booster or every three to four weeks from six to eight weeks until the puppy is sixteen weeks old. Prevents against highly contagious viruses that attack the respiratory, nervous, and digestive systems.

  • Bordetella: annual booster or every three to four weeks from eight weeks until the puppy is sixteen weeks old. Prevents against kennel cough a highly contagious virus attacking the respiratory system, which dogs aresusceptible to if they go to public places like the groomer, dog park, Petsmart, or boarding facility.

  • Rabies: Hamilton County Law requires that puppies and kittens be vaccinated before they are six months old. The initial vaccine is good for one year. The following boosters are updated every 3 years.

  • Canine Influenza: annual booster or every three to four weeks from six to eight weeks until the puppy is sixteen weeks old.  Prevents against the Canine Influenza Virus (H3N8), an emerging strain of the influenza virus that at this time is known to only affects dogs.  The H3N8 virus is spread by direct contact, aerosols from coughs and sneezes, or via contaminated hands, clothing or surfaces.  Symptoms range from a low-grade fever, nasal discharge, lack of energy, loss of appetite, and a cough to a life threatening fever, pneumonia, and respiratory distress.  For more information visit:  www.doginfluenza.com, www.avma.org/public_health/influena/canine/bgnd.asp, www.sheltermedicine.com/portal/is_canine_influenzaupdate.shtml, www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/dog-care-canine-flu-question-and-answer.html

 Vaccines for your cat:

Please check out our Kitten FAQs.

  • FVRCCP + Virulent Strain Calici: annual booster or every three - four weeks until the kitten is sixteen weeks old. Prevents against the main respiratory diseases cats develop, as well as Virulent Strain Calicivirus (VSCV). VSCV is extremely contagious and can be transferred to your cat via your shoes and clothes. Upwards of 50% of unvaccinated cats that become infected with VSCV die even with aggressive treatment. Although we have not yet experienced an outbreak of this virus in Cincinnati, we want to be sure your cat is protected if an outbreak does occur.

  • Rabies: Hamilton County Law requires that puppies and kittens be vaccinated before they are six months old. The initial vaccine is good for one year. The following boosters are updated every 3 years.

  • FeLV and FIV: if your cat is going to be an inside/outside cat, your kitten needs to receive two initial booster vaccinations to protect against Feline Leukemia. This vaccine will also need to be boostered annually. Prevents against Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, which are deadly and are transmitted cat to cat through saliva, nasal secretions, urine, feces, and milk. Cats permitted to go outdoors unsupervised are at a higher risk of infection due to increased exposure to potential carriers and transmission through bite wounds or mutual grooming, for example.

Vaccines for your ferret:

Please check out our Ferret FAQs.

It is important that ferrets are vaccinated with ferret-approved vaccines (not dog or cat vaccines) and multiple vaccines should never be given together at the same visit due to risk of vaccines reaction.

  • Canine Distemper Virus (CDV): annual booster or every three weeks from 6 weeks of age until the kit (or young ferret) is 14 weeks old.  The canine distemper virus is 100% fatal if contracted.  It can be brought in on your shoes, clothing, or via dogs.  Most ferrets have received their first vaccines before they are purchased, but contrary to what many pet owners are led to believe, they are NOT fully vaccinated when they leave the pet store. 

  • Rabies: your ferret should be vaccinated for rabies at 3-4 months of age and then once every year afterwards.