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 Preventive Care

We emphasize client education and preventive care for your pet at College Park Animal Hospital and provide a number of services to help you keep your pet in the best of health.

Vaccines

Vaccines are available for numerous preventable illnesses and our veterinarians can discuss an appropriate vaccine schedule for your pet based on his/her individual risk of exposure.  Lifestyle factors, such as being an indoor or outdoor pet; going to a boarding kennel or groomer frequently and/or spending time playing at the dog park with friends will make a difference in what vaccinations will best protect your particular pet.  All cats, dogs and ferrets are required by law to maintain current rabies vaccinations.  The distemper vaccine is considered to be the core vaccination for pets.  For canines, this includes distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza. For felines, the core vaccination includes panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis and calici virus.  Other vaccinations are available and may be recommended for pets likely to be exposed to such diseases as Feline Leukemia, Lyme disease, Bordetella ("Kennel Cough"), Canine Influenza, and Leptospirosis.      

Diet and nutrition

Nutritional counseling is also available.  An adequate diet is essential for your pet's good health and we welcome the chance to review your pet's diet to help you make healthy choices.  Some pets require special medically prescribed diets and we carry a diverse range of prescription diets for a variety of health conditions.      

Spay & Neuter

We recommend that all cats and dogs be spayed or neutered.  This helps with the problem of overpopulation, but can also prevent your pet from experiencing a number of serious health problems associated with being unaltered.  Research has shown that cats and dogs altered before a year of age live longer and are generally healthier than those pets that remain unaltered.  

Parasite Prevention

Parasites are bothersome, uncomfortable and can have serious detrimental effects on the health of your pet.  Some parasites can also be transferred to people, so we recommend a regular parasitic check and de-worming.

Intestinal Worming:  It is currently recommended that pets be wormed on a rountine schedule once every 6 months to a year in addition to a stool sample test annually.  

  
Flea & Tick: 
These common nuisance parasites can make your pet miserable and spread disease.  We stock several products that will help keep your pet pest free and comfortable.

Heartworms:   This debilitating parasite of the circulatory system is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.  It is recommended that all dogs be tested on an annual basis and kept on a monthly heartworm preventive year-round in this area.


  

 

 

Office Hours

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Monday7:307:00
Tuesday7:307:00
Wednesday7:307:00
Thursday7:307:00
Friday7:307:00
Saturday8:002:00
Sundayclosedclosed
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