Animal Wellness in Vineland, NJ

 

Wellness

As your veterinary practitioners, we are dedicated to your pet's wellness. It is our goal to keep pet owners informed about the best practices and treatments to ensure your pet's rich longevity through regular examinations, correct diagnosis, vaccinations and therapy. We recommend that your pet receive a bi annual physical examinations for early detection of disease. The examination is the most important thing you can do for your pet.
 

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are a significant part of your pet's health regimen. Today, diseases that were previously considered fatal can now be averted with some preventive care. Younger pets, as well as older pets, are particularly vulnerable to viruses and bacteria. With that in mind, as soon as you acquire your pet be sure to have them vaccinated and continue the regimen throughout their life. Consult with us at Blue Cross Animal Hospital to discuss the different vaccines available. We also suggest that until you your pet is safely inoculated, that you keep it away from exposure to other animals. As a responsible pet owner, you should be aware of any changes in your cat's behavior and make note of any unusual symptoms. If you have any questions or concerns about your pet's well-being, don't hesitate to call to schedule an appointment with us at Blue Cross Animal Hospital.
 
 
For your pet's protection, we have made a brief list of diseases and symptoms to watch for. Remember, vaccinations are available at Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Vineland, NJ.

Dog Vaccinations

 
 
 

Corona

Named because of its halo-like appearance under an electron microscope, Coronavirus affects the upper respiratory and the intestinal lining of your pet. This is the leading disease of puppies under 12 weeks of age and can be averted by vaccination. Symptoms are loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
 

Rabies

A pet can contract this fatal virus at any age or time. Rabies infects the brain and nervous system. In time the animal may foam at the mouth due to the paralysis of its throat and jaw. This is a preventable disease. The vaccination will take full effect after about 14 days. The first vaccine will last 1 year, and the second is good for about 3 years. Rabies has been documents in this area and is contagious for humans.
 
 

Leptospirosis

This form of bacteria can be spread in many ways: through water, soil and through the urine of other infected mammals. The symptoms of Leptospirosis are fever, joint pain and can cause kidney and liver problems, and is potentially deadly if not caught early. We are seeing cases of this in our hospital now. This can be transmissible to humans.
 

Bordetella

A highly contagious bacteria linked to causing respiratory diseases such as Kennel Cough. A vaccination for Boretella will fight against an infection.
 
 

Lyme Disease

This bacterium is transmitted by ticks and its effects show up in a dog about 2-5 months after having been bitten. Though a dog may not show a symptom, the signs to look for are lethargy, fever and joint pain.
 

Distemper

Distemper is a contagious virus, which can be passed through the air by sneezing. It resembles a respiratory disease with coughing, sneezing and a runny nose, but its effects can be severe causing problems in the nervous system and seizures.
 
 

Hepatitis

There are two types of Hepatitis. Hepatitis is a contagious disease which affects the liver and kidneys, while the other form of Hepatitis infects the upper respiratory tract. Vaccination will help your pet build up immunity to the disease.
 

Parvo

Parvovirus is a highly contagious and often fatal disease that affects the dog's intestinal tract. It can last outside of a body for over a year. A dog can catch the disease easily by sniffing in an area where an infected dog had been before. You can bring the virus into your home on your shoes by walking through an infected area. This too is very prevalent in this area. We often see cases weekly.
 
 

Parainfluenza

One of a group of viruses that can result to respiratory disease, it alone is not as serious a condition as some of the viruses, but combined with another virus or bacterium can result in kennel cough. Symptom to watch for is a runny nose.
 
 

Heartworm Testing

 
Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes. Without protection of a heartworm preventative, your pet could get heartworm disease - a potentially deadly disease of the heart and lungs. All dogs are at risk for hearworm decease, no matter where you live in the country or if your dogs stay inside or out. Once a dog is infected by heartworms there is treatment available but can be expensive, difficult on your pet and possibly unsuccessful. The key is to start your dog on heartwarm preventative as a puppy once a month for the rest of it's life. We recomend annula blood testing to ensure your pet's protection.
 
 
 

Cat Vaccinations

 
 

Cat Rabies

Free roaming cats are at high risk for rabies. Usually an affected animal transmits it with its infected saliva by way of a bite. Symptoms of rabies are: aggression, restlessness, lethargy, loss of appetite, and seizures.
 
 

Distemper or Feline Panleukopenia

Distemper is a highly contagious and life threatening disease. Kittens under 6 months are highly susceptible. If you notice a change in you cat's behavior such as a loss of appetite and not drinking, bring your cat in for an examination.
 
 
 
 

Feline Leukemia Symptoms

This virus causes anemia or lymphoma, because it suppresses the immune system. It is passed from one cat to another while grooming or fighting. It's symptoms are pale gums, breathing difficulty, fever, loss of appetite, enlarged lymph nodes. A blood test reveals it's presence.
 
 

Feline Immune Deficiency Virus FIV

This is an infection, which results to the body's immune deficiency, so the cat cannot fight off other illnesses. Signs to look for are a worsened condition of the cat's coat, inflammation of the gums, recurring infections of the skin, and diarrhea.
 

Ferret Vaccinations

 
 

Ferret Rabies

As with cats and dogs, preventative care against this virus is highly recommended. If your pet has not yet been vaccinated against this virus, be mindful of the symptoms: anxiety, lethargy and redness of the skin.
 
 

Ferret Distemper

This airborne virus is can be fatal. It can be picked up by exposure to grass and plants. Symptoms to watch are discharge from the eyes, nasal and mouth.
 
 
 
We highly recommend that you vaccinate your pet. Consult with us at Blue Cross Animal Hospital to discuss the different vaccines available. We also suggest that until you your pet is safely inoculated, that you keep it away from other animals.
If your pet's dental needs are urgent, or need to speak with our staff about a health concern, please call us at (856) 696-3388.