Preventative Care

At the Cleveland Veterinary Clinic, we believe in helping animals enjoy a long and healthy life.

Because cats and dogs age three to seven times faster than humans and they can’t tell us when they’re uncomfortable or in pain, medical conditions often develop quickly and may also go undetected until it is too late. Remember, prevention is better than cure. A check-up every six to twelve months is crucial in early detection or certain diseases.

 

Puppies and Kittens

The first few weeks of your puppy’s or kitten’s life are critical in terms of disease prevention and adapting to your household. Spending time with our nursing staff and vets now will pay off as your pet moves through to the next life-stage.

Your puppy or kitten requires vaccinations, de-worming, health check-ups, and behavioural consultation provided in a series of simple examinations at four-week intervals.

  • For   puppy & kitten
  1. C3 or F3   vaccine at 6~8 weeks of age
  2. C5 or F3   vaccine at 12 weeks of age
  3. C5 or F3   vaccine at 16 weeks of age

C5 vaccine (= C3 vaccine + KC vaccine)

C3 vaccine (Core vaccine) against (can be 3 yearly or yearly):

  1. Parvovirus: fatal bloody diarrhoea
  2. Distemper: coughing, diarrhoea, seizure, loss of   balance, blindness
  3. Hepatitis: vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain,   liver failure

KC vaccine (Non-core vaccine) against (yearly only):

  1. Bordetella Bronchiseptica: kennel cough
  2. Parainfluenza: kennel cough

F3 vaccine (Core vaccine) against:

  1. Feline Panleukopaenia: gastroenteritis,  fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, liver failure   or sudden death
  2. Feline Calici virus: cat flu sneezing, conjunctivitis, mouth ulcer
  3. Feline Herpes virus: cat flu sneezing, depression, conjunctivitis, inappetence or permanent nasal & sinus infection

FIV & FeLV vaccines (Non-core vaccines):

  1. Feline Immunodeficiency virus(FIV): It causes an   AIDS-like syndrome, but FIV is not typically fatal for cats, as they can live   relatively healthily as carriers and transmitters of the disease for many   years
  2. Feline leukemia virus(FeLV): inappetance, lymphadenopathy, fever, gingivitis, anaemia, jaundice, diarrhoea

 

Adults (1 to 7 years of age)

It’s easy to take the health of your dog or cat for granted during their active years, when they appear to ‘look after themselves’ and need very little additional care.

However this is the stage where preventative care is most critical as it helps to set your pet up for their next life stage (the senior years).

Your pet needs regular vaccination, parasite prevention, dental & skin care & health check-up. All of these can be carried out in line with your annual visit to [insert vet clinic name].

 

Seniors (Over 7 years of age)

The ageing of your pet is a natural process and is irreversible.  As cats and dogs grow older, their bodies undergo significant changes and their need for care and attention increases. Many diseases associated with advanced age can be prevented or successfully treated.

Some common health problems found in senior pets include:

  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Gum / Tooth disease
  • Tumours
  • Impaired Senses
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Behavioural changes

Although some age related diseases in your pet cannot be treated, the onset of many can be delayed or managed successfully if they are detected early.