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Canine Vaccines

Puppies:
Series of four vaccines starting at 6 weeks.
DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
Boosters are given every 3 weeks 
Rabies is given at 4 months (Required by FL State Law)
After complete series, boosters are given annually.

Adults: 
Annuals include DHLPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus) 
Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
Rabies (Required by FL State Law)
Heartworm test
Fecal Exam
Boosters given annually.

Feline Vaccines

Kittens:
FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia Distemper, Chlamydia Psittaci)
Series of three vaccines starting 6-7 weeks of age
FELV (Feline Leukemia)
Series of two vaccines starting at 9 weeks of age. The second vaccine must be given no later than 3 weeks after the first or your pet may not acquire immunity to FELV and will need to be retested again and start the series over. 
Rabies is given at 4 months (Required by FL State Law) 
After complete series, boosters are given annually.

Adults:
All non-vaccinated adult cats need 2 boosters 3 weeks apart to be fully protected after which yearly boosters are given.
FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia Distemper, Chlamydia Psittaci) 
FELV (Feline Leukemia) Testing for FELV virus is recommended in all age cats before vaccination series begins.
Rabies (Required by FL State Law)
Fecal Exam
Boosters given annually.

Rabies

Rabies is a deadly viral disease that can be prevented but not cured. The virus attacks the brain of warm-blooded animals, including people. It is extremely important to protect your pets, yourself, and your family by ensuring your pet is vaccinated annualy. In 2005, there were 201 confirmed cases of animal rabies reported in Florida compared to 205 in 2004, and 188 cases reported during 2003. Rabid animals were identified in 38 counties in 2005, and eight counties reported 10 or more cases. Since 1988, the number of rabies cases in cats continues to outnumber dogs. In 2005, 26 rabid cats and 5 rabid dogs were reported.

Broward County law requires all cats and dogs (four months and older) to receive a yearly rabies vaccination and wear a county license tag.

For more information about Rabies in Broward County:
Broward County Animal Care and Regulation (Broward County Animal Control Tags and Shots)

For more information about Rabies in Florida:
Florida Dept. of Health (http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/medicine/rabies/rabies-index.html)

All pets should be spayed/neutered for many reasons:

FEMALES- Spay

  • Prevents signs of estrus (heat).
  • Decreases surplus of puppies and kittens.
  • Decreases the chance of developing breast tumors later in life.
  • Decreases the chance of cystic ovaries and uterine infections later in life.
  • Anesthesia is a much less risk at the younger age.

MALES- Neuter

  • Decreases the desire to roam the neighborhood.
  • Decreases aggression.
  • Decreases incidence of prostate cancer later in life.
  • Prevents odor of male cat urine.
  • Prevents male cat spraying and marking furniture and walls.

Your community will also benefit!
Unwanted animals are becoming a very real concern. Stray animals can easily become a public nuisance. As a potential source of rabies and other diseases, they can become a public health hazard. Animals shelters are becoming overpopulated due to unsterilized animals constantly reproducing. The capture, impoundments, and eventual destruction of unwanted animals can cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year.

Facts about Spaying/Neutering:
Spaying does not cause a pet to get fat or lazy. This comes from overfeeding and poor exercise. Personalities are not altered by spaying. Personalities do not fully develop until two years of age. Aggressiveness and viciousness are not the result of surgery. Personalities will ONLY get better! It is much easier on the pet to be spayed before going through a ìheatî cycle, due to the smaller size of the reproductive organs. The best age to spay or neuter pets is 6-8 months of age. Surgery is performed painlessly while your pet is under general anesthesia. Most pets go home the same day surgery is performed. Information about post-surgical care will be given at the time your pet is released from the clinic.

SPOT Program
Animal Clinic of Village Square in conjunction with Broward County, offers a program for discounted pet sterilizations. There are requirements for the S.P.O.T. Program to be accepted for your pet, but we recommend you take advantage of this service if you could not afford to spay or neuter your pet otherwise. More information on the S.P.O.T Program can be found here.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 1-888-426-4435 or Pet Poison Helpline: 1-800-213-6680

Cane or Giant Toad (Bufo Marinus)
Not native to Florida, the Cane or Giant Toad was introduced to our state many years ago and has and is common to south Florida. It is usually a rusty or orange-brown color. This toad secretes a milky secretion in its parotid glands that is quite toxic and has killed dogs and cats unlucky enough to try to eat it. Human exposures are not usually fatal but can cause severe irritation to the eyes and mouth if contacted. "If you suspect toad poisoning, get a hose and run water in the side of the dog's (or cat's) mouth, pointing the animal's head downward so water isn't swallowed. Rub the gums and mouth to remove the toxin, and call your veterinarian immediately."

Ibuprofen (Advil, Ibuprofen).
This over the counter for human use painkiller is extremely toxic to dogs (and cats). As little as one tablet can cause gastric ulceration, liver damage, kidney failure and death. It is the most common cause of poisoning in the pet.

Paracetamol
Another human use painkiller. This drug produces toxic by products as it is used by the body. Dogs (and cats) cannot break these toxins down and so they quickly become poisoned by them. (As little as half a 500mg tablet can be enough to kill an adult cat). (Tragically both of the above drugs are often given by owners seeking to relieve a pets discomfort without realising the potential consequences - there is absolutely no indication for the use of these drugs in pets). Please always check first with your veterinarian before giving any over the counter drugs.

Metaldehyde (slug bait).
Dogs seem to find these small blue coloured slug pellets tasty. If they ingest enough of this poison they become overexcited, begin to have fits and eventually fall into a coma and die. Whenever you treat your garden with slug bait ensure that you fence off the treated areas to prevent the pet getting access to the poison.

Warfarin (Rat poison)
Your pet either eats the poison directly or they find and eat a rodent which was killed by warfarin. Ingestion of this poison will prevent an animal's blood from clotting and they can bleed to death.

Chocolate
Typically seen at Christmas when a pet raids the selection boxes. The active ingredient is theobromine and can cause death if eaten in enough quantity.

Permethrin flea treatment
This drug is available over-the-counter from pet shops and supermarkets. The commonest form of poisoning occurs when the dog form of this treatment is applied to a cat. The packaging explicitly warns against using the dog preparation on cats. Unfortunately some owners fail to read this and treat the cat regardless. Affected cats become over-excited have fits and fall into a coma. Without veterinary care these animals will usually die but can recover if treatment is quick enough.

Easter Lilly
This seasonal bloom is attractive to cats, which often ingest the foliage. Unfortunately even a little of this plant is extremely toxic to the kidneys. There is no cure for the poison and affected animals almost always die.

Anti-freeze
If ingested anti-freeze forms crystals in the kidney rapidly causing kidney failure and death. Cats seem to find the taste of antifreeze appealing so it is vital to keep it stored appropriately. Although as motor vehicles become less serviceable by the lay-man, incidences of anti-freeze toxicity are becoming less frequent. Even thought we live in a warm climate this can still be a problem.

Frontline (Rabbits)
This flea treatment should only ever be used on dogs and cats. The following is an excerpt from Merial -the producers of Frontline.

"Although many rabbits have been successfully treated, small or young rabbits, in particular, may be more susceptible to over dosage. Clinical signs
were consistent with those previously reported and included anorexia, lethargy, convulsions and death. We therefore advise that (Frontline) should not be used on rabbits"

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