Indianapolis Pet Medical Services
At Academy Animal Hospital, we know your pets are like family. When they are sick, you cannot rest until they feel better. Veterinary medicine is constantly discovering new treatments for pet illnesses and injuries. Our team continually works to stay on top of the latest advancements in pet treatments and preventive medicine to make sure your furry family members have access to the best healthcare possible.
Good pet health starts with regular veterinary examinations. We recommend pets see a veterinarian at least once per year for a physical examination and vaccines. In some cases, twice-yearly visits are recommended for pets to stay healthy and safe. Each type of pet has its own vaccination and examination schedule for optimum health.
For cats and kittens:
- FeLV/FIV Test and FeLV Vaccine: Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) are serious diseases, impacting an estimated two to four percent of cats nationwide. An initial FeLV vaccine is given at 9 weeks, and boostered at 12 weeks. Your veterinarian will assess you cats exposure risk and determine if annual vaccination is appropriate. If so, felines should be vaccinated annually.
- FDRTC Vaccine: This vaccine prevents a variety of common feline diseases, including feline distemper, rhinotracheitis, panleukopenia, chlamydia psittaci, and calicivirus.
- Rabies Vaccine: Dogs and cats, as well as any warm-blooded mammal, are subject to rabies, which causes an inflammation of the brain that leads to aggressiveness, paralysis, and eventual death. Rabies is transmissible to humans and other animals, and state law requires all pet dogs and cats to be vaccinated by a registered veterinarian. After the initial vaccine at 12 weeks, pets should be vaccinated annually.
For dogs and puppies:
- DALPP Vaccine: This five-in-one vaccine treats dogs for distemper, adenovirus, certain strains of leptospirosis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. The vaccine should be administered to puppies at 6, 9, 12, and 16 weeks, with annual vaccine following.
- Rabies Vaccine: Puppies are vaccinated at 12 weeks of age, and then annually.
- Bordetella Vaccine: This is a vaccine against “kennel cough”. Your veterinarian will assess you dogs exposure risk and determine if vaccination is appropriate. If so, puppies should be vaccinated after 6 weeks, and then annually.
- Corona Vaccine: Corona virus is an intestinal virus affecting dogs and puppies. Your veterinarian will assess you dogs exposure risk and determine if vaccination is appropriate. If so, puppies should be vaccinated after 6 weeks, a booster vaccine 3 weeks later, and then annually.
- Canine Influenza Virus Vaccine: Your veterinarian will assess you dogs exposure risk and determine if vaccination is appropriate. If so, puppies should be vaccinated after 6 weeks, a booster vaccine 3 weeks later, and then annually.
- Lyme Vaccine: Dogs who spend time outside, especially in the woods, high grass, or brush, may be at risk for contracting Lyme Disease from the bite of a tick infected with the disease. Your veterinarian will assess you dogs exposure risk and determine if vaccination is appropriate. If so, puppies should be vaccinated after 9 weeks, a booster vaccine 3 weeks later, and then annually.
Safeguarding your pet does not end when your visit is over. Both cats and dogs require monthly treatment to prevent against potentially deadly conditions, as well as fleas and ticks.
For felines, we recommend Revolution, a topical solution that is applied each month for protection against fleas, heartworms, intestinal parasites, and ear mites. For heartworm, intestinal parasite, and flea prevention in dogs over 8 weeks old, we recommend dogs take a chewable tablet called Trifexis each month. Iverhart, a chewable tablet to prevent heartworm and intestinal parasites, is an alternative treatment for dogs. Vectra, a topical product applied to the skin to repel fleas, ticks, mites, and mosquitos is an alternative for both dogs and cats.
We make every effort to ensure your pet is a healthy and happy part of the family.