At VCA Animal Medical Center we look forward to helping you and your dog, cat, bird or exotic pet. We’ll even come to see your fish! Our staff strives to create a relationship with you and your pet, enabling us to provide you both with the best care possible. We believe that our technician and reception teams are an integral part of your experience at our hospital. They have the knowledge and experience to answer questions, educate and act as your direct link to our veterinarians. Through the VCA network, we have access to local and nationally recognized specialists, thus providing your pet the highest quality health care. We believe that through education, communication and preventative medicine, we can help your family live a long and happy life together.
Local Medical IssuesFor most of us, a pet is part of the family. Like any child that needs to be cared for and protected, our furry friends have some environmental dangers that can be lessened with the proper preventative medicine. In fact, some of the threats they face outside can be zoonotic diseases, that is, diseases that can be transferred from animals to people; in these cases, protecting your pet can help protect the rest of the family as well.
Keeping your pet on year-round parasite prevention such as Interceptor and Revolution can help protect them from heartworm disease and many of the intestinal worms in our area. Heartworm disease can be a costly and potentially life-threatening illness affecting your dog or cat, so staying up-to-date with their monthly parasite prevention is essential. Although it is transmitted by mosquitoes, even indoor cats are at risk and have been afflicted with this disease.
Intestinal worms may also be prevented with year-round Interceptor and Revolution. Our pets can come into contact with these parasites from other animals’ fecal matter or contaminated soil. As some of these worms may infect humans as well, care should be taken when picking up after your pet or playing outside.
Fleas and ticks are external parasites that can be extremely intrusive in our homes. In the Northeast, we are exposed to many varieties of ticks, some of which can carry diseases that infect our pets and ourselves. Year-round preventatives can provide peace of mind that our animals are flea-free, even in the winter, when the fleas head toward warmer environments, like our homes.
Finally, vaccinations are a key way to protect our animals. An example is leptospirosis, which is becoming more prevalent in our area. "Lepto" is a bacterial disease transmitted by wildlife, and can infect both people and dogs, causing a variety of symptoms. If not treated quickly, it can ultimately lead to kidney/liver failure and death.