Preventative Medicine for Cats and Dogs

Introduction to Preventative Care

Preventative medicine is the cornerstone of ensuring a long, healthy life for your pets. At Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center, we emphasize the importance of regular vaccinations, parasite prevention, and education about local hazards such as toxic plants and mushrooms that are prevalent in Alaska. Our preventative care program is designed to protect your beloved cats and dogs from common diseases and health issues, ensuring they remain by your side, healthy and happy, for years to come.

Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats

Vaccinations are a crucial part of preventative health care and are vital in protecting your pets from various infectious diseases. Our vaccination schedule is tailored to the specific needs of your pet, considering their age, lifestyle, and potential exposure risks.

Puppy and Kitten Vaccination Schedule:

  • 6-8 Weeks Old: First doses of DHPP (dogs) / FVRCP (cats), which protect against distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, and feline respiratory pathogens.
  • 10-12 Weeks Old: Second dose of DHPP/FVRCP and first dose of rabies.
  • 14-16 Weeks Old: Third dose of DHPP/FVRCP and second dose of rabies where applicable.

Adult dogs and cats require booster shots for DHPP/FVRCP every 1-3 years and rabies as mandated by state law, typically every one to three years depending on the vaccine used.

Common Parasites in Alaska

Parasites can affect your pet's health in numerous detrimental ways. In Alaska, pets are frequently exposed to a variety of parasites, including fleas, ticks, heartworms, and various types of gastrointestinal worms. Our comprehensive parasite prevention strategies include:

  • Flea and Tick Prevention: Monthly preventatives are recommended year-round to protect against fleas and ticks, which can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
  • Heartworm Prevention: Given the prevalence of mosquitoes during the warmer months, we recommend year-round heartworm prevention for dogs and outdoor cats.
  • Deworming: Routine deworming is advised for both puppies and kittens, with ongoing assessments and treatments for adults based on lifestyle and risk factors.

Toxicities Unique to Alaska

Alaska's vast wilderness is home to numerous plants and mushrooms that can be toxic to pets. Commonly encountered toxins include:

  • Water Hemlock: Found near wet areas across Alaska, ingestion can cause severe neurotoxicity.
  • Death Cap Mushrooms: Highly toxic and can be lethal if ingested. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and severe liver damage.
  • Alaskan Lilies: While beautiful, certain parts of these plants are toxic to cats and can cause kidney failure.

FAQs on Preventative Medicine

Reach Out to Us for Immediate Assistance

For concerns about your pet’s health, don't hesitate to reach out to Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center at 907-745-8437.
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