Preventive Care Keeps Knoxville Cats & Dogs Healthy

Your dogs and cats are members of the family, and everyone wants to keep them healthy. We know that the best way to protect your pets from serious illness is to make sure they have regular wellness exams at least once a year and to follow your veterinarian’s recommendations for preventive treatments.

Vaccinations & Medications Prevent Pet Illness

Immunization is an easy way to prevent disease. All vaccination schedules are tailored to your individual pet’s lifestyle. Cedar Bluff Animal Clinic’s veterinarians recommend starting vaccinations for your new pet when he or she is between 6 and 8 weeks of age.

Beginning at this first visit, puppies and kittens require a series of vaccinations to protect them from several diseases. Once your pet is an adult, additional vaccine boosters will be given to maintain his or her immune system.

Currently, our protocols do not require canine influenza vaccine, but we do offer it. We also offer vaccination against tick-borne Lyme disease for those pets at risk for exposure.

Deworming medications are given to eliminate internal parasites, some of which can be transferred to humans. Deworming medications also are tailored to the needs of your individual dog or cat.

Heartworm parasites live in a dog’s heart and nearby blood vessels. Cats can carry heartworm as well. The adult heartworm produces larvae that populate an infected animal’s blood. Larvae are easily transmitted via mosquitoes after they bite an infected animal and then your pet. We recommend that your pet have a heartworm test before beginning a year-round preventive medication.

Trying to get rid of fleas once your pet and home are infested is a much bigger problem than preventing them. We take you and your pet into consideration, and then recommend the best flea prevention product. Cedar Bluff’s veterinarians are happy to show you how to best administer these products to make sure that your pet is flea free.

The importance of a physical exam