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Pet Vaccinations And More In Lincoln

Vaccinating your pet and bringing them in to get a physical exam are just as important for your pet as they are for you and me. They are probably even more important because your dog or cat can't tell you when they need to go to the doctor! There may be signs from your pet that they are sick, such as laziness, lack of appetite, change in demeanor, among others. If you notice these symptoms you should schedule an appointment with your vet. Even if your pet seems to be perfectly healthy, you should bring them in for a physical exam at least once a year, and more often if they are older. Your pet's exam will be very similar to a physical you would have.

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Microchip Identification
The "resQ" is a safe, simple and permanent form of pet identification that immediately identifies lost pets and quickly reunites them with their owners. The microchip is injected under your pet's skin over the shoulders. Each chip contains a unique barcode (much like those seen on products in stores). The chip is gentle to the tissues, and does not cause a reaction in the body. When a scanner is passed over the pet, the bar code is read. The resQ network will supply information on the pet with that barcode, and this service is available nationwide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The owner is responsible for keeping information current with the resQ network. All veterinary hospitals, shelters, and rescue groups have scanners.

Cat Vaccinations
All cats should be vaccinated to prevent against harmful and potentially life-threatening diseases. The types of vaccines your cat should be given will vary based on the life style of your cat. If your cat lives in the house and does not come into contact with other cats, only the basic vaccines are necessary. If your cat spends time outside and around other cats, the proper precautions should be taken with the necessary vaccinations.

Rabies
Rabies is a disease nearly everyone has heard of. It is contracted when an animal is bitten by another animal that has been infected. The disease is carried in the saliva. Rabies vaccinations are required in many states for cats. Even if you have an indoor cat, they should be vaccinated in case they get out, or by chance an animal were to get into your house. In nearly all cases, an animal will need to be put down if it has been infected with rabies.

Panleukopenia Virus
The more common name for this virus is “distemper”. It is a highly contagious disease which is why vaccination is recommended. Symptoms include fever, seizures, loss of appetite, and possibly death. Kittens are born with a natural immunity for the first few weeks of their lives. Vaccinations should start at around 8 weeks old and there are series of about 3-4 follow-ups about 2 weeks apart. Your cat should also receive a vaccination every 1-3 years going forward.

Rhinotracheitis
Caused by the herpes virus, Rhinotracheitis is an upper respiratory infection that is highly contagious. The infection could prove to be fatal in young kittens, so the vaccination is highly recommended. The vaccine lasts for about 3 years, so follow up vaccinations are necessary.

Calicivirus
Calicivirus is a virus that causes an upper respiratory infection. It is very contagious through contact with infected cats. Symptoms include fever, gum disease, mouth ulcers, and sneezing, among others. More advanced forms of the virus are more severe and can cause fatality. Cats do not need to exhibit symptoms in order to transmit the disease to other cats. The contagious nature of this disease makes it important for your cat to receive a vaccination.

Feline Leukemia Virus
This is another virus that is spread through direct contact with an infected cat. For this reason the vaccine is highly recommended for outdoor cats, or cats that are frequently in contact with other cats. Indoor, solitary cats should still be vaccinated to prevent against the potentially fatal virus, but are not at as high a risk to contract it. Like all vaccines, there are some potential side effects. A small percentage of cats developed cancerous sarcomas where they were injected with the vaccine. Have a conversation with your vet if you have any questions about the vaccine.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis
This is a disease that has no cure and is fatal in most instances. The good news is that for households with only 1 or 2 cats only 1 in 5000 cats are affected. The vaccine for this disease has not proven to be very effective to this point, so most cats will not require this vaccination.

Chlamydiosis
This disease is much more prevalent in cats that live in a multiple cat environment. The most obvious symptom is usually conjunctivitis, and the disease is carried in the eye discharge of infected cats. Adverse reactions to the chlamydiosis vaccine occur at a higher rate than most vaccines, so if you have an indoor cat it is usually not recommended. Speak with your vet if you have any questions about this vaccine.


Dog Vaccinations

Distemper
This is a viral disease that is easily spread through direct contact and contact with bodily fluids or contaminated food and water. Puppies are the most susceptible to the disease and also have the highest mortality rate from severe cases or complications from the disease. Vaccinations have proven to be effective, so it is important to have your puppy vaccinated. The disease can be treated if contracted, but requires quarantining your dog from other dogs for many months, and the disease can also result in some long term health problems.

Adenovirus Type 2
This virus leads to the infection commonly known as “kennel cough” in dogs. It is very contagious, and is characterized by a hacking cough and a foamy white discharge. This vaccine is required in most areas.

Bordetella
Bordetella is a bacteria that can cause kennel cough. There are bacterins available to help prevent it.

Leptospirosis
This disease brings on symptoms of fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, and depression and it could lead to chronic kidney or liver disease. Although potentially severe, this disease is very uncommon in most areas. Depending on where you live this vaccination might not be necessary.

Parvovirus
This disease is more commonly referred to as “parvo” and is one of the leading causes of viral infections in dogs. It is highly contagious and transmitted by direct or indirect contact with contaminated feces. There are cardiac and intestinal forms of the disease, both of which are fatal in most cases when left untreated. The vaccination is highly recommended and is given in a series of shots starting when the puppy is about 8 weeks old.

Coronavirus
Coronavirus is very similar to the intestinal form of parvovirus in its symptoms. It results in vomiting and diarrhea, mostly affecting puppies. The difference is that coronavirus, while still dangerous to your dog, is usually not fatal. For prevention keep your dog in clean conditions and be careful when around other dogs. Your dog can also be vaccinated for this disease, and it is usually good for their lifetime.

Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is transmitted from ticks. These small insects wooded areas and areas with tall, overgrown grass or brush. If you live in areas where these environments exist, it is smart to take proper precautions to prevent Lyme disease. If your dog does become ill with Lyme disease, you will notice that the dog will walk with a limp or favor the area where the tick has bitten it. The tick needs to be removed, and you should consult your vet for proper treatment.

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Routine Preventative Care
It is important for your pet to receive routine checkups, just as it is for you. It helps us make sure your pet is healthy and also allows us to catch any health problems before they become serious. You should bring your dog or cat in for a checkup at least once a year, and once every 6 months for older pets.

During the visit we will check your pets' vitals, make sure all vaccinations are up to date, and perform any necessary blood work. Blood work can help to diagnose heartworm, Lyme disease, viral infections, and other diseases that can be treated more easily when detected early. The best way to combat these diseases is actually to stop them before they happen. There are many vaccines and medications available to prevent them. We will make sure your pet is taking the necessary medications to keep them safe.

Deworming is also a key method to keep your pets (and your family) free from getting sick. Deworming helps to prevent your pet from acquiring parasites. If your pet does become infected by a parasite it is possible for them to spread it to anything or anyone they come into contact with. Schedule a deworming session for your pet today.


Comprehensive Physical Exam
Physical exams are just as important for your pet as they are for us. They are probably even more important because your dog or cat can't tell you when they need to go to the doctor! There may be signs from your pet that they are sick, such as laziness, lack of appetite, change in demeanor, among others. If you notice these symptoms you should schedule an appointment with your vet. Even if your pet seems to be perfectly healthy, you should bring them in for a physical exam at least once a year, and more often if they are older. Your pet's exam will be very similar to a physical you would have, including checking:

Ears: The ears are checked for infections and also for parasites, as this is a common place for them to nest.

Eyes: The eyes are checked for cataracts, retina disease, signs of glaucoma, and other abnormalities. These can all results in blindness, so it is important to check for them regularly.

Mouth: Gum disease, lesions, tooth loss, and throat problems all affect dogs and cats. They could be signs of larger problems. Performing a full mouth examination allows us to diagnose any problems and take care of them before becoming serious.

Internal Organs: The internal organs are examined to check that they are functioning properly. The abdominal area can be checked by hand for any growths or tumors. A stethoscope is used to make sure the lungs are functioning properly and are also used to check heart rate. An ultrasound can also be performed to provide a view of the organs to visually check for anything out of the ordinary.

Skin and Coat: This is checked to make sure that there are no fleas, ticks or other parasites that have made your pet their home.

If any potential problems are uncovered further tests and examination may be necessary to rule out the disease, or properly diagnose it so that it can be treated.

Surgical Procedures
We routinely provide a wide array of Surgical Procedures in our office. Some of these procedures include: Cherry Eye, Declawing, Histiocytoma, Ear Resection, Tumor Removal, Neutering, Spaying, Bite Wounds, Mass Removal, Ligament Repair and more. Our office is equipped with top of the line surgical equipment to make sure that your pet is cared for as you would like them to be.

On Site Lab Services
Our veterinary laboratory services feature diagnostic testing for the following:

    FELV/FIV testing
    Bloodwork: CBC, Panel(organ function), T4
    Urinalysis and Sediment examination
    Cytology of skin, ear, tumor and lymph nodes
    Distemper & Parvo titer testing (in lieu of annual vaccinations for dogs)
    Fecal testing for intestinal parasites
    Occult heartworm
    Parvo tests for dogs
    Feline heartworm Ag tests
    Lymes, Erhlichra testing
    Radiography (200mA capability)
    Fructosamine (diabetic evaluation)
    Cortisol evals for Cushings and Addisons
    Blood pressure evaluations (Pet Map)
    Intra occular pressure evals (Tonopen)

Dental Cleaning
At WPHC January and February are Pet Dental Health Months! We are offering a 10% discount on your pet's dental cleaning (plus related services and product purchased that day) during these months.

Approximately 75% of dogs and cats show significant dental tartar build up by the age of 5 years. Signs of "periodontal disease" include foul breath, excess salivation, reddened gums and tartar laden teeth. Periodontal disease not only causes halitosis and premature tooth loss, but can also lead to secondary concerns with the heart, kidneys and trachea by bacteria shed via the bloodstream.

Oral health is an important factor in your pet's overall well being. We perform routine check-ups on your pet's teeth and gums, and we also recommend full cleanings once a year. This allows us to closely examine your pet's mouth, check for lesions or abnormalities, remove tartar and plaque, and polish their teeth.

To perform the dental cleaning your pet will be put under anesthesia to prevent them from moving around and to allow the doctor to perform a full examination and cleaning. We make sure that your pet is comfortable and perfectly safe during the entire process. While your pet is under the doctor examines the mouth, gums, tongue, cheeks, and teeth. This can reveal any cases of lesions, gum disease, tooth decay, or other problems. When these are discovered, they can usually be handled during the treatment. After examining the mouth the doctor will complete a full cleaning of the teeth and polish them thoroughly to give your pet a healthy, attractive set of teeth.

After the anesthesia wears off your pet is usually back to their normal self within minutes. Call us today to schedule a dental cleaning for your pet.
 
Flea & Tick Prevention
Fleas and ticks can cause discomfort, itchiness, allergic reactions, and can carry more serious diseases with them. The chance that your pet may get fleas or ticks depends on where you live and the environment around you. Fleas thrive in warmer weather, but may go dormant during the winter in colder areas. Ticks tend to live in wooded areas or areas with high grass. You should keep your pet away from areas like this, but if they do go exploring, you should check them for ticks and fleas after.

Ticks and fleas also pose a threat because it is not just your pet that they can affect. They can reproduce and affect humans as well. If you notice small bites, especially around your ankles, you might have fleas in your house. Fleas and ticks can be eliminated with a medicated bath and proper treatment from your vet. It is important to clean your house, especially areas where you pet frequently lounges, if they have fleas or ticks. As with most diseases, prevention is the greatest defense against ticks and fleas. There are many medications that we can recommend to make sure your pet is protected from these pests.

The greatest threat fleas and ticks pose is that they can be carriers for dangerous diseases. Ticks are a main carrier of Lyme disease, something that can affect both your pet and you. Fleas carry parasites as well like tapeworm and heartworm, so it is important to prevent against them. If you currently don't have your pet on any flea and tick medication, come see us soon!

Grooming Services
We keep your dog looking clean and neat with our professional dog grooming service. Bring your dog in today for a full grooming including:

    A bath complete with shampoo and conditioner treatment
    Hair cut to your specifications
    Full examination for fleas and ticks (and treatment if necessary)
    Carefully trim your dog's nails
    Treatment to maintain the health of your dog's skin and coat

Boarding Services
Excited for your big vacation but don't know who is going to care for your dog or cat while you're gone? No need to worry, we are happy to watch your pet while you are away. We offer quality boarding services and take good care of your pet.

Your pet is provided with an ample living space, but they are not cooped up for all of their time here. We walk your dog 2 times a day so they get the exercise they need.  All animals are fed twice a day.  We want your dog or cat to be as comfortable as possible.

We love to have fun, but we do have a few rules. We require that your pet is up to date on their vaccinations for the safety of the other animals here. Call us if you have any questions about the required vaccinations. We also require that you drop off and pick up your pet during regular business hours. We look forward to spending time with your pet!

Nutrition Counseling
Being overweight and trying to stay in shape is not only a problem for humans. Pets also need to be put on specific diets and workout plans to stay in good health. There are a number of deficiencies that pets can run into in regards to nutrition that must be observed.

By keeping your pet on a proper diet and workout plan, it can increase their life expectancy by up to 2-3 years. In addition to the extended life expectancy, you will also see a happier pet with fewer stomach issues, less sensitive skin and a nicer coat.

Upon evaluating your pet's current nutritional condition, we will make specific recommendations as to the type and amount of food your pet should be eating as well as any supplements. In addition, we'll provide you with a workout program for your pet that will keep them in tip top shape!
 
Behavior Counseling

It is recommended that all puppies undergo training or behavior counseling, especially for first time dog owners. We can assist you in the training process for your puppy. Puppies are not the only ones who need training, however. Many adult dogs need to undergo behavior counseling as well. They may have developed some bad habits like begging for food at the table or jumping up on guests. Some dogs display aggressive behavior toward people or other dogs. This can be especially true for dogs that were previously homeless or had neglectful owners.

Behavior counseling can help to correct these behavioral issues with training and, in some cases, medication. If you are concerned with your dog's behavior consult us. We can either set up behavior counseling appointments here in the office, or direct you to experts that can provide the help you need.

Prescription Diets
There are many different types of food available for your pet, and each has its own benefits. You should ask your vet which particular food is best for your pet. The food your pet eats depends on their age, size, breed as well as other factors. If your pet has a health condition such as kidney disease, heart disease, cancer, stomach ailments, or obesity there are prescription diets available to help them combat their ailment. Your vet has extensive knowledge on this subject and can prescribe the best food for your pet.

Digital Radiography
As of 2016 we proudly provide digital radiography which has enhanced digital quality to help assist in the diagnoses of your pets medical or surgical problems.

Electrocardiogram (ECG)
An electrocardiogram measures the electrical impulses of the heart. Changes in these electrical impulses can be caused by electrolyte imbalances, respiratory disease, cancer, trauma and heart disease.

With our ECG we can immediately determine if your pet's heart is beating in the correct rhythm, and if not, why. We also have the ability to send your pet's ECG to a cardiologist for an expert's opinion.

Our blood pressure monitor (PetMap) allows us to check your pet's blood pressure in both emergency situations and diagnostic procedures. Traumatized patients can commonly have low blood pressure, whereas, patients with disease such as kidney failure can have high blood pressure. Proper diagnosis and treatment can prevent serious issues including death.

Pulse Oximetery Monitor
If your pet has an issue with breathing or if they happen to be undergoing surgery with a general anesthetic, a pulse oximeter is a great option for monitoring their heart rate and blood oxygen levels. We often will utilize this in any situations where there is a pet in respiratory distress as well.

Emergency medical care

 We have doctors and staff available for your pets emergency needs during regular office hours. Please call (402) 477-7877.

After hours emergency care is provided by Veterinary Emergency Services of Lincoln at 3700 S. 9th St. Suite M (next to Shogun's) 489-6800. Let the emergency staff know you are being referred by Wachal Pet Health Center, so they know who will be providing follow up care. In the event of an emergency, when possible, a phone call ahead is very helpful. This allows our staff to prepare for your arrival and enables us to provide prompt medical attention. Our philosophy is "we are there when your pet needs care".
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