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Best Healthy Pet Habits

• Maintain your animals best body weight and condition • Feed top quality, balanced foodstuffs • Check and treat for parasites • Maintain vaccinations as indicated by exposure • Call your veterinarian sooner rather than later • Take lots of walk and get plenty of exercise • Even cats need exercise – get a laser pointer and use it every day • Keep lots of toys available to avoid boredom, but not so many treats • Spay or neuter your pet to keep him healthy • Get your dog socializing, go to a dog park or training class

Vaccination Protocol for Dogs

The vaccination protocol for dogs includes a variety of vaccines and circumstances for their delivery, resulting in a complicated overall potential program. Vaccines are considered core, required for all dogs regardless of circumstances, or non-core, only required for dogs with exposure or risk of specific diseases. Your veterinarian can assist with the nuances for the type and frequency for administration. Basically, young puppies should receive a series of three core vaccines (canine distemper, canine parvovirus and canine adenovirus vaccines, in combination), four weeks apart, beginning at 6 – 8 weeks of age. Puppies must also receive a core rabies vaccination

Vaccination Protocol for Cats

As with dogs, there are a number of available vaccines and specific risk circumstances for preventative medicine in cats. Also, there are core vaccines recommended for all cats and non-core vaccines recommended for cats with specific exposure risks. Your veterinarian should be consulted annually to assist with specific recommendations for vaccinations as the risk factors may change over your cats life and experiences. Vaccinations for cats should be restricted to those required to prevent fatal or non-treatable disease as there is significant risk for vaccine associated sarcomas to develop at vaccination sites. Kittens should receive a series of three to

Disaster Preparedness for Pets

If you have pets in your house, they need to be included in the family disaster plan. Disasters can include fire, flood, earthquake, hazardous material spill, severe weather or other emergency situation. Disasters may require evacuation or shelter in place and we need to be ready for both. The following are good components to a pet disaster plan: • Written disaster plan including alternate routes for evacuation known to all family members • Emergency contact phone numbers for family members, neighbors, emergency services, your veterinarian, places for you and your animals to stay (remember that Red Cross Evacuation Sites do

Biosecurity for Your Farm

‘Biosecurity’ is the reduction of potential infectious disease outbreak risks, both within our own herds and farms and to prevent it from spreading to others. There are many things the farm owner and horse owner need to do to maintain biosecurity, including traffic control, education and maintaining a clean environment. • Designate footwear to be worn only on your farm and different footwear for visiting other farms, change clothing when handling animals from different locations • Eliminate standing water from your property and keep water tubs clean • Separate horses for feeding and supply individual buckets for feed, especially when