Vaccines and Preventive Care
What is preventive care?
Preventive care is the care your pets receive to prevent illnesses, disease, and other medical issues. Preventive care includes regular physical examinations, regular diagnostic testing, and vaccinations. It also includes protection against outside factors, including flea and tick prevention and heartworm protection.
At Austin Animal Medical Center, our doctors give Austin dogs and cats best-in-class preventive care to keep them healthy and give them the longest, happiest life possible. Unlike competitors such as Emancipet or Thrive, we can often get your pet in to see one of our doctors within the week, if not same day. If you are looking for low-cost pet vaccinations and other preventive care from a full-service veterinary practice, call us today at 512-832-4119.
Preventive care for dogs
Does my dog need to go to the vet?
Preventive care for dogs and puppies includes annual or bi-annual wellness examinations. In these examinations, we evaluate your dog’s eyes, teeth, ears, skin, coat, weight, body temperature, respiration, and heart rate. The annual wellness visit should also include a stool sample to check for internal parasites, as well as a blood test and a urinalysis to check organ function. During the annual wellness exam, your dog’s veterinarian will go over your dog’s vaccine schedule and give your dog any necessary immunizations, and check up on any pre-existing conditions your dog may have.
What vaccines does my dog need?
Puppies and dogs require regular vaccinations. Dog vaccinations include:
- Canine Distemper
- Canine Adenovirus (hepatitis)
- Bordatella (kennel cough)
Vaccine needs change as your pup grows – puppy vaccinations occur much more frequently than dog vaccinations. We will tell you which shots your dog needs, and when, at your visit.
What preventive medications does my dog need?
In addition to regular immunizations, dogs should be protected against fleas, ticks, heartworms, and other parasites. You can choose an oral or a topical treatment. Talk with your Austin Animal Medical Center doctor to discuss the best treatment for your dog.
How much do vaccines cost?
How much does a rabies vaccine for dogs cost? How much does a parvo vaccine cost? These are common questions, and we have the answer! Give us a call, and we can give you an accurate quote on how much your dog’s shots will cost.
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Preventive care for cats
Does my cat need to go to the vet?
Cats and kittens also need annual or bi-annual wellness examinations. Your cat’s vet will assess your cat’s teeth, eyes, ears, skin, coat, weight, body temperature, respiration, and heart rate. The veterinarian will then give your cat a specific healthcare plan, which can include:
- Routine diagnostic tests, such as an annual heartworm test and internal parasite tests
- Retrovirus tests for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus
- Year-round parasite prevention/control, including heartworm, internal paraside, flea, and tick protection
- Dental care
- A microchip
- A spay or neuter
- Early disease screening (blood and urine)
- A vaccine schedule
Your cat’s veterinarian will also check up on any pre-existing conditions your cat may have.
What immunizations does my cat need?
Cat vaccinations include:
- Feline Panleukopenia (distemper)
- Feline Herpesvirus
- Feline Calicivirus
- Feline Leukemia Virus
What preventive medications does my cat need?
In addition to regular feline vaccines, cats should be protected against fleas, ticks, heartworms, and other parasites. You can choose an oral or a topical treatment. Talk with your Austin Animal Medical Center doctor to discuss the best treatment for your cat.
How much do vaccines cost?
How much does a rabies vaccine for cats cost? How much does a feline leukemia vaccine cost? These are common questions, and we have the answer! Give us a call, and we can give you an accurate quote on how much your cat’s shots will cost.