Glenway Animal Hospital

6272 Glenway Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45211

(513)662-0224

glenwayanimalhospital.com

Standard of Care for Wellness Exams

We appreciate you considering us for your pet's veterinary needs. 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. For more information regarding the wellness services listed above, please see the explanations below:

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:

In keeping with the recommendations of AAHA?s most recent Canine Vaccination Guidelines, we have made some changes to offer your pets the best protection and comfort.  As usual, a veterinarian will assess your pet?s vaccination needs based on lifestyle and exposure during wellness examinations. The following is a brief overview of some changes you can expect at your next wellness visit.   

In September 2013, we have started using the Ultra Line of vaccines manufactured by Boehringer-Ingleheim (BI) .  Ultra vaccines are super-filtered using new technology that results in a vaccine with less volume and fewer impurities to inject.  This means a safer and more comfortable vaccine for your dog.

 

Distemper-Parvo vaccine   - An added benefit is that new studies indicate the duration of the Distemper-Adenovirus-Parvovirus (DAP) vaccine, considered the ?core? canine vaccine, is three years.  If your dog has received an annual Distemper vaccine in the past, the next DAP will be good for three years (some exclusions may apply)

 

Bordetella (Kennel cough) vaccine ?  The new bordetella vaccine goes orally instead of intra-nasally ? No more ?up the nose? with the kennel cough vaccine.  The oral formulation has been proven to be even more effective as the intranasal vaccine, but better tolerated by most dogs.

 

Canine Influenza vaccine ? Because we have not seen outbreaks of this disease as predicted when the vaccine was formulated several years ago, we are no longer recommending this to all dogs that get the bordetella vaccine.  In cases where dog go to national shows, or travel widely, it may still be a necessary vaccination.

 

Lyme Disease vaccine ? Health officials are forecasting more cases of Lyme Disease in our area in both humans and dogs.  In addition to tick control, we will be recommending this vaccine to at risk dogs.

 

Leptospirosis vaccine ? Your dog may already get this vaccination (it?s the ?L? in the DHLPP vaccination).  Again because we are seeing more cases of this zoonotic (transmissible to humans) disease in our area, there are more dogs that SHOULD be getting this vaccine that currently are not.  Traditionally, the Leptospirosis bacterin was the main suspect in causing vaccine reactions .  With the Ultra vaccine technology, leptospirosis vaccinations are safer than they ever have been.  We will take precautions, however, with breeds that are prone to vaccine reactions.  The leptospirosis vaccine only has a one year duration of effect, so it will remain an annual vaccine.

 

Rabies vaccine ? This will remain the same, and is in accordance with Ohio Law.  The initial ?puppy or kitten? vaccine has a one year duration, with subsequent vaccines given every three years.  Rabies is also a disease that is getting closer and closer to Cincinnati. Please do not let your pet?s rabies vaccine expire!

Please check out our Puppy FAQs.

  • Distemper/Parvo (DAP ultra, Leptospirosis, Lyme Disease): annual booster or every two to three weeks from 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 two to three 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 are susceptible 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.  

 Vaccines for your cat:

Please check out our Kitten FAQs.

  • FVRCCP + Virulent Strain Calici: annual booster or every two to three 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.