Rabies is a life-threatening disease that is still seen with some frequency despite strict vaccination requirements. The State of Maine requires all dogs and cats to be vaccinated for rabies at least every 3 years. At The Veterinary Clinic, we vaccinate all adult dogs (>1 year old) with a 3 year rabies vaccine. In cats, we use a one year rabies vaccine because it has been shown to be safer. Please see the Centers for Disease Control's website for more information on this scary disease!
Lyme disease is extremely common in our area. It is carried by the deer tick and can result in life-long problems for some dogs. Vaccination and careful tick control are things that can aid in the prevention of Lyme disease. For more information:
Lepto has been diagnosed in all types of dogs, and all breeds and sizes are at risk. Common lepto carriers include raccoons, skunks, opossums, rats and squirrels. Livestock can also carry the disease.
It can survive for long periods in water and on wet grass. The number of lepto cases has dramitically climbed in recent years.
Signs and symptoms are fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrehea and lethargy. Early diagnosis is very important for a full recovery.
Lepto bacteria are shed in urine. Dogs become infected when they come into contact with fresh urine from infected carrier animals.
Infection can occur when dogs wade through or drink from contaminated water sources. The bacteria can enter through a cut in the skin or mucous membranes, such as the eye, nose or mouth.
ANNUAL VACCINATION IS THE MOST AFFORDABLE WAY TO PROTECT YOUR DOG!!
One bite is all it takes! Heartworms are transmitted to dogs by mosquitoes. Without the monthly administration of a heartworm preventative, your pet could get heartworm disease - a potentially deadly illness of the heart and lungs.
Heartworm in dogs is easy to prevent, but difficult and VERY expensive to cure. We have seen an increase in the number of infected dogs locally. This is no longer a "southern" disease.
It is strongly recommended that you start your puppy on monthly preventative at 8 weeks of age and test yearly. We offer a blood test that looks for heartworm along with 3 tick-borne diseases.
We offer Heartgard along with several different flea and tick preventatives! We have several coupons available to you to help offset the cost. We also have more information if you would like.
This vaccine protects your canine friend from aquiring canine distemper, canine adenovirus, and canine parvovirus. All three of these are viral diseases that are capable of infecting dogs.