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    Puppies Up to 1 Year








      • Puppies can change and grow from one day to the next! At every visit some of the things we’re evaluating are growth and weight gain, nutrition, tooth eruption, and behavior. Having a puppy can be an exciting yet challenging time for pet parents. That's why we’re here to help you and your pup through the journey!






      • DA2P (Distemper) Vaccine Series: This is one of our core vaccines, and has been for many years. It is recommended for all dogs, regardless of lifestyle. It is a combination vaccine that protects against several serious diseases that commonly affect puppies, including distemper virus, adenovirus and parvovirus.

      • Rabies Vaccine: Rabies is also one of our core vaccines. Up-to-date rabies vaccinations are not only crucial to protecting your pets from this fatal disease, but are also legally required. This has always been the recommendation of the veterinarians at VCMC.

      • Bordetella (Kennel Cough) Vaccine: We’re now recommending an intranasal Bordetella vaccine which is combined with Parainfluenza, a virus that has been causing signs mimicking kennel cough in the area. This vaccine is recommended for all dogs that board, groom or frequent dog parks or doggie daycare. This vaccine is required by most grooming shops and boarding facilities. Please note that Parainfluenza is a different disease than Influenza, which is described below.

      • Influenza Vaccine: There are 2 different strains of this virus, H3N8 and H3N2. Symptoms may include upper respiratory signs, pneumonia and in some cases even death. We recommend these vaccines if your pet will be boarding, grooming, going to dog parks or interacting with other dogs regularly. This vaccine is recommended by many grooming establishments and required by many boarding facilities.

      • Lyme Vaccine: Lyme disease is a very big problem in our area. Many of the ticks in New Jersey are carriers of Lyme disease, so protecting our patients adequately is a priority. This vaccine is not a replacement for monthly flea and tick preventative, but provides additional protection to those dogs that are outside frequently or live in areas shared by wildlife that could be carrying ticks. Vaccinating your dog for Lyme can also serve as an “insurance policy” as many of the vaccine manufacturers will cover some of the costs associated with treatment, should a vaccinated pet come down with the disease.

      • Leptospirosis Vaccine: Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease transmitted in the urine of wildlife, including squirrels, skunks, raccoons and deer. This disease is termed zoonotic, meaning that this disease can be transmitted from dogs to people, and unfortunately, it is a very serious disease for both species. We used to consider Leptospirosis to be a “hunting dog” disease. That is no longer the case. We are now seeing Leptospirosis in small breed dogs that never leave their backyard.






      • Bi-Annual Stool Parasite Testing: Puppies especially are prone to parasites. Approximately half of the puppies we see have at least one intestinal parasite found at their first visit. Also, puppies are known to put everything in their mouths, so infection with parasites, whose eggs live in dirt, on grass, or in the feces of other animals, is common. Some of these parasites can also be spread from dogs to people. Biannual testing allows us to catch these parasites before they become a problem.






      • Year Round Heartworm Preventative: Heartworms are parasites that are transmitted by mosquitos. They live in the heart of the dog and can lead to heart failure and even death. We are seeing more and more heartworm disease in this area because many shelter dogs have come to New Jersey from the south, where heartworms are prevalent. Heartgard and Interceptor are the two heartworm preventatives that we carry at VCMC.

      • Year Round Flea and Tick Preventative: Fleas and ticks are alive and well in our area! Fleas on your pet can lead to tapeworm infections and significant itching leading to subsequent skin infections. Also, if fleas get into your home, they can set up shop in your carpets and bedding, and be a nuisance to get rid of. Ticks carry Lyme disease and multiple other diseases. We want to keep these unwanted hitchhikers off of your pet, therefore we recommend you use year round flea and tick preventatives for your pet! Frontline and Nexguard are the two flea and tick preventatives that are offered at VCMC.






      • We strongly recommend that all pets be spayed or neutered. Failure to spay or neuter your pet can lead to many unwanted health issues, including breast cancer, testicular/prostate cancer, and uterine infections. Another thing to consider is that dogs that are not sterilized are more likely to roam, urinate in the house, and have aggression issues.









    Ages 1-6 Years








      • Pets age much faster than humans do! In fact, averages state that dogs age seven years for every 1 year a person ages. Examining our pets every 6 months is akin to us getting exams every 3.5 years! A lot of things can happen in that time, including changes in health, weight, nutrition and behavior. We want to make sure we’re addressing those issues promptly. The earlier we intervene, the better our chances for success!






      • Canine DA2P (Distemper) Vaccine: This has always been one of our core vaccines. It protects against a host of common respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses. Recent studies show that immunity from this vaccine lasts longer than previously thought. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) indicates that after an initial vaccination series, followed by a booster 1 year later, this vaccine only needs to be given every 3 years. Based on this research, we at VCMC are now encouraging our patients to follow this recommendation. The vaccine manufacturers are supporting AAHA’s guideline by guaranteeing the 3 year duration of immunity.

      • Rabies Vaccine: Rabies continues to be an every 3 year vaccine after an initial injection. Rabies is a lethal virus that can be transmitted through the saliva of infected animals. There is no treatment for rabies, so prevention is our most effective strategy. It is also required by law that all pets are up to date on their rabies vaccine.

      • Bordetella (Kennel Cough) Vaccine: As our pets become more social, they are exposed to more and more contagious diseases. Bordetella, or Kennel Cough, is one of the most common diseases that pets pick up during boarding, grooming, daycare and dog parks. Bordetella is commonly thought of as the main cause of kennel cough, but Parainfluenza is becoming a more common cause of dogs exhibiting signs of kennel cough. That’s why we’ve updated our policy to recommend an intranasal Bordetella vaccine that also protects against Parainfluenza. Please note that Parainfluenza is a different disease than Influenza, which is described below. We also still carry the injectable Bordetella, which does not include Parainfluenza.

      • Influenza Vaccine: There are two strains of Influenza virus that cause disease in dogs, H3N8 and H3N2. It is another disease that affects the upper respiratory tract of dogs and causes “kennel cough” type symptoms. If left untreated, infection with influenza can lead to pneumonia and death. Interestingly, this is a newer disease to dogs, having transferred over from horses several years ago. We recommend that this vaccine be given to all boarding, grooming and dog park dogs.

      • Lyme Vaccine: Lyme disease is endemic to New Jersey and is transmitted by ticks. Both dogs and people living in our area have been affected by this disease. Vaccination offers additional protection on top of our flea and tick preventatives, and should be given to those dogs that are outside frequently. We currently carry two versions of this vaccine, the Merial and the Zoetis version. Both products have an immunization guarantee, however the Zoetis product has slightly broader coverage. If switching from the Merial to the Zoetis vaccine product, an additional booster 3 weeks after the first is necessary for maximal protection.

      • Leptospirosis Vaccine: Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease transmitted in the urine of wildlife. Infection with Leptospirosis can cause liver and kidney failure. It is also zoonotic, meaning that it can be transmitted from your dog to you and your family. We recommend this vaccine for all dogs, big or small, that have squirrels, deer, skunk or other wildlife in their backyards.






      • Bi-Annual Stool Parasite Testing: Dogs have their noses in everything, don’t they? They can pick up parasites from the dirt and grass that they encounter on their daily walks. Untreated parasites can cause diarrhea, weight loss, blood loss and malabsorption.

      • Annual Heartworm and Tick-borne Disease Testing: This yearly screening test detects heartworm and three of the tick borne diseases commonly found in this area: Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichiosis. It is recommended for all dogs on an annual basis. Infection with heartworms can cause heart disease/failure, as well as lung, skin, eye or neurologic issues as well. Many dogs that are infected with tick borne diseases show minimal signs of illness, and infection can go undetected for months. Frequently, owners do not realize that their pets are suffering from some of the more subtle signs of these diseases, including malaise and soreness, until they are diagnosed and treated.






      • Year Round Heartworm Preventative: Heartworms are parasites that are transmitted by mosquitos. They live in the heart of the dog and can lead to heart failure and even death. We are seeing more and more heartworm disease in this area because many shelter dogs have come to New Jersey from the south, where heartworm is prevalent. Heartgard and Interceptor are two heartworm preventatives that we carry at VCMC.

      • Year Round Flea and Tick Preventative: Fleas and ticks are alive and well in our area! Fleas on your pet can lead to tapeworm infections and significant itching, leading to skin infections. Flea infestations in the home can be difficult, expensive and time consuming to eradicate. Ticks carry Lyme disease and multiple other diseases. We want to keep these unwanted hitchhikers off of your pet, therefore we recommend you use year round flea and tick preventatives!









    Ages 7+








      • Estimates vary, but on average, a dog ages 7 years for every one of our human years. That’s why exams every 6 months for our senior pets are so important. As they age, many issues, such as kidney and liver disease, diabetes, thyroid issues, and cancer can occur. We want to have the best chance of a successful outcome and early detection is key. The old adage holds true in our pets… an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!






      • DA2P (Distemper) Vaccine: This is one of our recommended core vaccines. Recent studies have shown that immunity from this vaccine lasts longer than the 1 year label recommendation. Therefore, in keeping up with current research and guidelines, we are now recommending this vaccine every 3 years. Vaccine manufacturers are providing an Immunity Support Guarantee for 3 years.

      • Rabies Vaccine: this has always been a vaccine that we recommended for all dogs, regardless of age. This vaccine is given every 3 years and is legally required.

      • Bordetella (Kennel Cough) Vaccine: Kennel cough is caused by the bacteria Bordetella, but what we know now is that there are many viruses and bacteria that mimic the signs of Bordetella and cause Kennel Cough symptoms. Parainfluenza is one of these viruses. It has been causing Kennel Cough symptoms in many dogs in this area. Our current recommendation is an annual intranasal vaccine that includes both Bordetella and Parainfluenza.

      • Influenza Vaccine: Influenza is another disease that affects the upper respiratory tract of dogs and causes “kennel cough” type symptoms. There are two different strains of influenza that cause disease in dogs, H3N8 and H3N2. Interestingly, this is a new disease to dogs, having transferred over from horses several years ago. We recommend that this vaccine to all boarding, grooming and dog park dogs.

      • Lyme Vaccine: Lyme disease is a tick-borne infection that is endemic to New Jersey. Both dogs and people living in our area have been affected by this potentially debilitating disease. The Lyme vaccine offers additional protection on top of our flea and tick preventatives, and should be given to those dogs that are outside frequently.

      • Leptospirosis Vaccine: Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease transmitted in the urine of wildlife. Infection with Leptospirosis can cause liver and kidney failure. It is also zoonotic, meaning that it can be transmitted between dogs and people, and causes similar symptoms in people. We recommend this vaccine for all dogs that are outside in areas surrounded by wildlife, including squirrels, skunks and deer.






      • Bi-annual Stool Parasite Testing: Gastrointestinal parasites can lead to issues such as diarrhea and weight loss in your pet. Some of these parasites can even be transmitted to people. Testing your pet’s stool every 6 months is essential to keeping your pet and everyone in your family healthy.

      • Annual Heartworm and Tick-borne Disease Testing: This yearly screening test detects heartworm and three of the tick borne diseases commonly found in this area: Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichiosis. It is recommended for all dogs on an annual basis. Infection with heartworms typically causes heart disease/failure, but lung, skin, eye and neurologic issues are potential complications as well. Many dogs that are infected with tick borne diseases show minimal signs of illness, and infection can go undetected for months. Frequently, owners do not realize that their pets are suffering from some of the more subtle signs of these diseases, including malaise and soreness, until they are diagnosed and treated.

      • Annual Senior Blood Screening: A thorough physical examination gives only part of the picture regarding your pet’s health. Even with a normal physical examination, problems may be lurking beneath the surface, including kidney disease, liver disease and endocrine (glandular) diseases. We recommend a yearly blood and urine panel to assess your pet’s organ function and metabolic profile. Any abnormalities on your pet’s blood work will be discussed and a treatment and diagnostic plan will be formulated by the doctor. Many conditions identified on blood work can be managed by treatments as simple as a daily tablet or diet change. Diagnosing these conditions early and treating them appropriately can help to extend your pet’s lifespan.






      • Year Round Heartworm Preventative: Heartworms are parasites that are transmitted by mosquitos. They live in the heart of the dog and can lead to heart failure and even death. We are seeing more and more heartworm disease in this area because many shelter dogs have come to New Jersey from the south, where heartworm disease is prevalent. Heartgard and Interceptor are the heartworm preventatives that we carry at VCMC.

      • Year Round Flea and Tick Preventative: Fleas and ticks are alive and well in our area! Fleas on your pet can lead to tapeworms infections and significant itching, leading to skin infections. Flea infestations in your home can be time consuming and expensive to get rid of. Ticks carry Lyme disease and multiple other diseases. We want to keep these unwanted pests off of your pet, therefore we recommend you apply year round flea and tick preventatives on your pet! Nexguard and Frontline are the two flea and tick preventatives offered by VCMC.









Cats








    Kittens Up to 1 Year








      • It's amazing how quickly kittens grow and mature! We’ll assess your curtain climber before every vaccine to ensure that they are growing and developing normally. We’ll also discuss health, behavior and nutrition at every visit.






      • FVRCP (Distemper) Vaccine: This is commonly referred to as “Feline Distemper” but is actually a combination vaccine covering Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (Herpesvirus); Calicivirus; and Panleukopenia (Feline Parvovirus). This is considered a core vaccine and is recommended in all cats, regardless of lifestyle. It is given as a series in kittens. Kittens in particular are very susceptible to these viruses and infection with them can lead to respiratory signs, diarrhea, dehydration and even death.

      • Rabies PureVax Vaccine: This vaccine is considered to be one of our core vaccines and is legally required for your pet. This vaccine is recommended for all cats, regardless of lifestyle. Rabies is a serious, incurable and fatal disease that is transmitted through the saliva of infected animals.

      • Feline Leukemia Vaccine: The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) now recommends that all cats get vaccinated as a kitten with this vaccine. As kittens are more susceptible to progressive FELV infection, and as the eventual environment into which a kitten will go can rarely be predicted with certainty, the AAFP recommends routine FeLV vaccination for all kittens up to and including 1 year of age. This virus is shed in the saliva and nasal discharges of an infected cat. FeLV tends to become a persistent infection and depresses the immune system of cats. FeLV is an important cause of anemia in cats and can cause cancers of several types. FeLV is usually fatal. Studies have shown that 80-90% of FeLV-infected cats will die within three to four years of the initial diagnosis.

      • Bordetella Vaccine: This intranasal vaccine is given annually to cats that board or groom. Infection with Bordetella causes upper respiratory signs, including sneezing and coughing.






      • Bi-annual Stool Parasite Testing: Over 50% of kittens that we see are infected with some form of parasite at their initial exam. These parasites can cause weight loss, malabsorption, and failure to thrive. Some of these parasites can even be transmitted to humans, so diagnosing and treating them promptly is crucial to you and your pet’s health.

      • Feline Leukemia/Feline AIDS/Feline Bartonella Testing: Kittens, especially kittens that come from a shelter, may be harboring these diseases, all of which can affect their lifelong health. Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS can suppress the immune system and lead to death. Many kittens that come from the shelter have already been tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS. Feline bartonella, on the other hand is not routinely tested for. Feline Bartonella is also known as cat scratch fever, and is an important, yet underdiagnosed disease. It can cause everything from tooth and gum issues to diarrhea to skin issues. It is an important public health concern, as it can be transmitted to people through scratches and bites.






      • Year Round Heartworm Preventative: Heartworms are a parasite transmitted by mosquitoes and is a drastically underdiagnosed problem in cats. The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends that all indoor and outdoor cats be on heartworm preventative. Infection with heartworms can lead to heart and respiratory disease in cats. Revolution is an example of heartworm preventative offered here at VCMC. It is a topical preventative applied once monthly.

      • Year Round Flea and Tick Preventative: Flea and tick preventative should be given to all cats that go outdoors. One forgotten group of cats are those cats that are indoor, but share a house with other pets that go outside, such as dogs. Dogs can carry in a flea or tick which can then prey on unprotected cats. Revolution and Frontline are examples of flea/tick preventative carried at VCMC.






      • We strongly recommend that all pets are sterilized between 5 and 6 months old. Female kittens that are not spayed are at increased risk of breast cancer and infections of the uterus. Male kittens that are not neutered are more prone to roaming, aggression and urine marking in the house.









    Ages 1-6 Years








      • Pets age a lot faster than humans do! In fact, averages state that cats age approximately 7 years for every 1 year a person ages. Examining our pets every 6 months is akin to us getting examined every 3.5 years! A lot of things can happen in that time, including changes in dental health and overall health status, weight and behavioral issues. We want to make sure we’re addressing those issues promptly. The earlier we intervene, the better our chances for success!






      • FVRCP (Distemper) Vaccine: This has always been one of our core vaccines. It protects against a host of common respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses. Recent studies show that immunity from this vaccine lasts longer than the label states. The American Association of Feline Practitioners, of which VCMC is a member, indicates that after an initial vaccination series, followed by a booster 1 year later, this vaccine can now be given every 3 years. We at VCMC are now recommending that the FVRCP vaccine be given every 3 years to adult cats. The vaccine manufacturers are supporting this decision by guaranteeing this new duration of immunity.

      • Rabies Purevax Vaccine: Rabies vaccination is an important part of our core vaccination program. Rabies vaccine should be given to every cat, whether indoor or outdoor and is legally mandated. Since there is no treatment for rabies and infection is fatal, keeping pets up to date on rabies is essential for keeping your cat and family safe. We recommend the 1 year Rabies Purevax line of vaccines. They are the safest option for vaccinating our cats. The older 3 year rabies vaccine products have occasionally been associated with aggressive vaccine site tumors.

      • Feline Leukemia Vaccine: The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) recommends that an annual booster of the Feline Leukemia (Felv) Vaccine be given around their first birthday then continued annually if the cat is at risk of contracting Feline Leukemia either by going outside or interacting with other Feline Leukemia positive cats in the household. This virus is shed in the saliva and nasal discharges of an infected cat. FeLV tends to become a persistent infection and depresses the immune system of cats. FeLV is an important cause of anemia in cats and can cause cancers of several types. FeLV is usually fatal.

      • Bordetella Vaccine: This intranasal vaccine is given annually to cats that board or groom. Infection with Bordetella causes upper respiratory signs, including sneezing and coughing.






      • Bi-annual Stool Parasite Testing: Gastrointestinal parasites are common in cats, especially those that go outside and snack on birds and other small rodents. These parasites can cause weight loss, malabsorption, and diarrhea. Some of these parasites can even be transmitted to humans, so diagnosing and treating them is crucial to keeping your kitty and yourself healthy.

      • Feline Leukemia/Feline AIDS/Feline Bartonella Testing: All cats that go outside should be tested for these diseases annually. Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS are two viral diseases in cats that are transmitted by bite wounds in cats. Feline Bartonella is a bacterial disease that can cause a host of signs, including gum infections, upper respiratory signs and gastrointestinal signs. It is transmitted by fleas and causes human health concerns in that it can be transmitted to humans through bites and scratches.






      • Year Round Heartworm Preventative: Heartworms are a parasite transmitted by mosquitoes and is a drastically underdiagnosed problem in cats. The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends that all indoor and outdoor cats be on heartworm preventative, since mosquitoes are commonly let indoors through open doors and windows. Infection with heartworms can lead to heart and respiratory disease in cats. Revolution is what the VCMC recommends as heartworm preventative in cats.

      • Year Round Flea and Tick Preventative: Flea and tick preventative should be given to all cats that go outdoors. One forgotten group of cats are those cats that are indoor, but share a house with other pets that go outside, such as dogs. Dogs can carry in a flea or tick which can then prey on unprotected cats. Revolution and Frontline are two examples of flea/tick preventative carried here at VCMC









    Ages 7+








      • As cats age, they become more prone to diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid conditions and cancer, all of which are best when diagnosed and treated early. We recommend a full physical evaluation of your pet every 6 months, so that we can address any changes in health as early as possible. Cats age much faster than the human members of their family. Some estimates state that for every 1 year of a cat’s life, they age 7 years. An exam every 6 months would be equivalent to us getting a check up only once every 3.5 years!!






      • FVRCP (Distemper) Vaccine: This has always been one of our core vaccines. It protects against a host of common respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses. The American Association of Feline Practitioners, of which VCMC is a member, indicates that after an initial vaccination series, followed by a booster 1 year later, this vaccine can now be given every 3 years. We at VCMC support these extended immunity studies and are now recommending that the FVRCP vaccine be given every 3 years to adult cats. The vaccine manufacturers are supporting this decision by guaranteeing this new duration of immunity.

      • Rabies Purevax Vaccine: Rabies vaccination is an important part of our core vaccination program. Rabies vaccine should be given to every cat, whether indoor or outdoor and is legally mandated. Since there is no treatment for rabies and infection is fatal, keeping pets up to date on rabies is essential for keeping your cat safe. We recommend the 1 year Rabies Purevax line of vaccines. They are the safest option for vaccinating our cats. The older 3 year rabies vaccine products have occasionally been associated with aggressive vaccine site tumors.

      • Feline Leukemia Vaccine: Feline Leukemia Vaccine is an annual vaccine that should be given if the cat is at risk of contracting the virus either by going outside or interacting with other Feline Leukemia positive cats in the household. This virus is shed in the saliva and nasal discharges of an infected cat. FeLV tends to become a persistent infection and depresses the immune system of cats. FeLV is an important cause of anemia in cats and can cause cancers of several types. FeLV is usually fatal.

      • Bordetella Vaccine: This intranasal vaccine is given annually to cats that board or groom. Infection with Bordetella causes upper respiratory signs, including sneezing and coughing.






      • Bi-annual Stool Parasite Testing: Gastrointestinal parasites are common in cats, especially those that go outside and prey on birds and other small rodents. These parasites can cause weight loss, malabsorption, and diarrhea. Some of these parasites can even be transmitted to humans, so diagnosing and treating them is crucial to keeping your kitty healthy.

      • Feline Leukemia/Feline AIDS/Feline Bartonella Testing: All cats that go outside should be tested for these diseases on a yearly basis. Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS are two viral diseases in cats that are transmitted by bite wounds in cats. Feline Bartonella is a bacterial disease that can cause a host of signs, including gum infections, upper respiratory signs and gastrointestinal signs. It is transmitted by fleas and causes human health concerns in that it can be transmitted to people through bites and scratches.

      • Annual Senior Blood Screening: A thorough physical examination gives only part of the picture regarding your pet’s health. Even with a normal physical examination, problems can be lurking beneath the surface, without any signs that your pet is ill. Especially common in cats are kidney disease, diabetes and thyroid issues. Left untreated, these diseases can cause progressive weight loss, weakness, loss of appetite and eventually, death. We recommend a yearly blood and urine panel to assess your pet’s organ function and metabolic profile. If any abnormalities are detected, the doctor will be able to determine if any further diagnostics or treatments are necessary. Many of the conditions identified on bloodwork can be treated with medications and/or changes to your pets’ diet and can help prolong the longevity of your pet.






      • Year Round Heartworm Preventative: Heartworms are a parasite transmitted by mosquitoes and is a drastically underdiagnosed problem in cats. The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends that all indoor and outdoor cats be on heartworm preventative. Infection with heartworms can lead to heart and respiratory disease in cats. At the VCMC, Revolution is the preferred heartworm preventative for cats.

      • Year Round Flea and Tick Preventative: Flea and tick preventative should be given to all cats that go outdoors. One forgotten group of cats are those cats that are indoor, but share a house with other pets that go outside, such as dogs. Dogs can carry in a flea or tick which can then prey on unprotected cats. Revolution and Frontline are flea/tick preventatives offered at VCMC.









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