Can I call somewhere to get answers to my questions?
Yes, you can call our office at 360-423-9310. Our receptionists and technicians can answer all questions relating to services provided by Animal Health Services.
Can I order refills on my products over the telephone?
Yes, please call our office Monday through Friday during Business hours. Please call in refills 24 hours before they need to be picked up.
Does Animal Health Services provide low cost spay and neuter surgeries?
What is the 7-in-1?
This vaccine may also be abbreviated as DHLLP+CPV or DA2LPPV+CPV. This vaccine protects the dog against Canine Distemper, Parvo Virus, AdenoVirus Type 2, Hepatitis, Letpospirosis, Corona Virus, and Parainfluenza. top
What is Parvo Virus?
Parvo Virus is a very detrimental intestinal virus to dogs of all ages, especially to young puppies. It can be a fatal disease. Vaccinating early, and limiting contact with other dogs will reduce the risk of exposure.
What is Kennel or Canine Cough?
Kennel Cough is caused by various airborne viruses and bacteria. It is very contagious between dogs. Bordetella, Parainfluenza, and Adenovirus are three strains that we are able to vaccinate against. These vaccines are almost always required to be admitted to a boarding kennel or to a veterinary hospital. However, a dog can still contact Bordetella even if they are never boarded, since it is an airborne virus.
What is Feline Leukemia Virus?
Feline Leukemia (abbreviated FeLV) is a very contagious disease spread between cats. It is spread through saliva, therefore making it very contagious. It suppresses the immune system making them susceptible to many illnesses. Kittens can be born with it, or cats can contract it at any time in their lives and harbor it in their systems for years before showing any signs. A test is recommended prior to vaccination, yet not required. Vaccinations can be given without a test, because the vaccine will not help or hurt them if they prove to be positive.
What is F.I.P.?
FIP is Feline Infectious Peritonitis. It is a very contagious fatal disease to cats. All high risk cats, namely cats in catteries and outdoor cats should be vaccinated against this deadly disease as exposure is difficult to prevent. Testing for the presence of this disease requires diagnosis through different types of tests. If you suspect your cat to be positive with FIP, it is necessary to get the required diagnostics at a full service veterinary hospital.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease is mainly contracted through Tick bites. It causes arthritic, feverish and neurological symptoms, Transmission to humans is a valid concern through tick bite of the tick type, Borrellia Bergdorfeli, commonly known as the deer tick.
What is “Feline Aids” and do we test for it?
Feline Aids is F.I.V. or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. There is no vaccine available at this time. We do offer the test in combination with the test for FeLV at our clinics. Bite wounds are a common transmission of FIV.
How long do these vaccines last?
All vaccines are labeled to provide optimal immunity for one year. A rabies vaccine will last three years after the first yearly booster.
Which vaccines are required by law for licensing my pet?
Beginning 1-1-2012, WRC246-100-192 requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets to be vaccinated against Rabies. The cities of Longview and Kelso both require Rabies vaccinations to license your pet. It is important to keep your pets vaccinated for Rabies because the disease is a health threat to people.
How many vaccines does my puppy or kitten really need?
In order to provide optimum immunity, puppies and kittens should be vaccinated every 3-4 weeks until they reach the age of at least 20 weeks. The best ages to vaccinate are 8, 11, 14, 17, and 20 weeks of age.
How long does it take for these vaccines to take effect?
Generally the vaccines take a 2-7 days to take full effect. If the pet is to be boarded or exposed to other pets, the vaccines should be administered at least one week prior.
If the vaccine history is unknown, how does one vaccinate?
The best way to assure optimum protection is to vaccinate, and booster in 3-4 weeks.
Can my pet be vaccinated if it is sick or on medication?
Animal Health Services will probably not vaccinate sick or unhealthy pets. Their immune system is already stressed and we do not want to cause any unnecessary added stress. Pets on medications under a veterinarian’s care may be vaccinated, although the final decision lies with the attending veterinarian. All medications should be noted to the customer assistant at the clinic site as well as to the veterinarian prior to vaccination.
Can my cats contract dog diseases or vice versa?
Generally no. Almost all diseases and viruses are species specific, which means they only affect a certain species. Some exceptions to this are Rabies, intestinal parasites (such as giardia, coccidia, roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms) , and bordetella.
What is Heartworm Disease?
Heartworm disease is transmitted to dogs and cats via mosquitoes. The worm eventually directly invades the heart and is fatal if it goes undiagnosed and untreated. We offer various products to prevent heartworms including Heartgard , Iverhart Max, Interceptor, Sentinel, and Revolution. It is recommended and required to have a negative blood test result before the dog can be started on the preventative. Cats can be administered Heartgard without a blood test. Interceptor can also be administered to cats, although this manufacturer recommends testing prior to administration of the product.
Is my pet too old to start to receive vaccinations?
Any pet can receive vaccines at any age. If a new vaccine is introduced, a booster vaccine is highly recommended 3-4 weeks after initial vaccine in order to provide optimum immunity.
How long do these vaccines last?
All vaccines are labeled to provide optimal immunity for one year, but some vaccines can provide immunity for up to three years. It is important to have your pet examined yearly to determine their risk factors for the vaccinatable diseases, that way a vaccine protocol can be made to specifically match their needs.
What is a fecal test?
The fecal test allows us to examine the stool of a pet for intestinal parasites (such as roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms). It is recommended every six months. We look for the eggs of the worms under the microscope at our laboratory. An owner can have their pet dewormed at our clinic without a test. However some worms are not affected by certain medications, so it is best to have the test done so a correct medication can be dispensed.
I see worms in my pet’s stool. How do I get rid of them?
First we need a description of what you are seeing. If it is something we can identify by the description, we can advise accordingly. We should also run a fecal to check for other intestinal parasites (such as roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms).
Are these worms contagious to people?
Humans can possibly contract tapeworms by ingesting a flea. People are susceptible to giardia, roundworms and hookworms. Hands should always be washed after any exposure to pet’s feces.
Can I get copies of my pet’s records?
Yes. You will receive a copy of all services performed at our hospital. Duplicate copies may be obtained for a $5-$20 charge, depending on the number of pages that need to be copied. Duplicate copies may take up to 10 working days to produce.
Where do I call for test results?
Please call our office at (360) 423-9310
Do we offer health certificates at our clinics?
Yes. you will need to call for an appointment for examination. If your pet was not vaccinated at our clinic please bring all current vaccination information with you.
Can I get a prescription for Heartworm preventative?
With approval from the Animal Health Services veterinarian that performed the Heartworm test (with a negative result), and if your pet has had an exam within the past year, we can dispense prescriptions from our office or arrange for home delivery for you.
Do we vaccinate ferrets at our clinics?
We do vaccinate ferrets for rabies and distemper. It is required that you schedule a morning or early afternoon appointment so we can vaccinate and observe the ferret for at least 1/2 hour after vaccination. Ferrets tend to have a higher rate of allergic reactions to vaccinations compared to other pets.