Countryside Kennels 507 645-5051, 8300 Baldwin Ave, Northfield, MN 55057

Prevention

Vaccinations  Where can I get my dog’s shots?

 

When is the last time you saw a dog with distemper?  How about the last time you saw a cat with rabies?  These infectious diseases didn’t just go away.  They’re uncommon because of the power and efficacy of vaccines! In addition to the vaccines that you’re used to having us administer to your pet, we’ll determine whether or not your pet is  at risk for other highly contagious and debilitating diseases including feline leukemia,  lyme disease and leptospirosis.  Use the hyperlinks on each of the above mentioned diseases for more information.

 

The Value of Preventative Care in Companion Animals

 

As we’ve mentioned repeatedly, keeping pets well is infinitely better than waiting until they’re showing signs of disease.  If we are proactive about health, rather than reactive, pets live longer, they feel better, they don’t suffer, they respond better to whatever treatment they might require, care is less expensive, and the whole experience is much much less stressful for pet owner and pet. At your annual visit, we will strongly encourage you to take advantage of our early disease detection screens.  Results from these tests can not only alert us to disease at its earliest stages, they can also reveal trends that can also tip us off that disease is on the horizon.  We have negotiated special discounted lab rates to make sure that early-disease detection is accessible to all of our clients. 

 

 

Protect Your Family

 

Northfield has a high tick and flea population and many dogs and cats test positive for external or internal parasites.  Year round protection is essential.   This isn’t just for your pet, but your entire family.  Dogs and cats that are not treated for ticks, fleas and intestinal parasites on a regular basis can carry disease into your house and put your family at risk of infection.  The Center for Disease Control has much to say on the topic of regular parasite screening and prevention.  Please check out this article by the Companion Animal Parasite Council on the benefits of year round flea and heartworm prevention as well.  At Countryside, we regularly negotiate special pricing and promotion on all products that treat fleas and ticks.  Please ask us about these costs savings bonuses when you come for a visit.

 

Conclusion

 

Reactive veterinary care is the worst possible option for pets and pet owners.  Waiting till your dog or cat is showing signs of illness will weaken your pet, potentially shorten its life span, and decrease its quality of life.  Treatment for animals who are sick is more expensive, more stressful, and less successful.  Alternatively, prevention is affordable, virtually stress-free, and almost guaranteed to extend the quality and length of your pet’s life.

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Roundworms

In Dakota County, 1 of 70 pets tested are positive for Roundworms