a pet's life magazine Winter 2015 - Page 30

health care ASK THE VET! K nowing how and when to meet with your pet health Dr. Bischel care needs are essentials. As pet owners, we have all had moments when we wonder what to do. Dr. Ginny Bischel from Eastlake Village Veterinary Clinic answers all those popular questions. a pet’s life: What Vaccinations Should My Pet Get? Dr. Bischel: All puppies and kittens should start vaccines at 8 weeks of age with boosters every 3 weeks, until they are 20 weeks of age. Dogs and puppies should receive a Distemper combo vaccine, which protects them against Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvo. In addition, Bordetella vaccine, which protects against Kennel Cough and Rabies is given at 3 months. Cats and Kitttens also get Feline Distemper combo vaccines, including leukemia and rabies. other underlying medical conditions. There are medications that help avoid or treat this nasty habit and addressing it at an early age is always the best! apl: Should I Brush My Pet’s Teeth? DB: Teeth brushing at an early age is always the best way to get your pet used to oral hygiene. Currently, there are many different ways to keep your pet’s mouth healthy, avoiding gum disease and tooth decay. There are also prescription diets that contain special ingredients that help apl: Can My Pet Make Me Sick? DB: There are diseases that can be passed from animals to humans, the more common ones being parasitic. This is why deworming your pet year-round is important. Other exampl \