The health of a family pet is universal in many homes across the world. Family pets often become a major part of the family and require ongoing health care planning for a lifetime of wellness. There are a few major vaccinations that can be added insurance for pet owners to ensure a more robust lifestyle for all your furry friends: 

The Top 5 Vaccinations Pets Should Have for Health
Rabies

Rabies is a very common infection found in the wild and should be done in a regular series to prevent future infection. It is contagious among most animals and fatal for both humans and pets. Booster series are usually done after the first year of the initial vaccination.

Canine Distemper

Canine distemper is the equivalent of the FPV vaccination in felines. The vaccination has a wide range of protection against respiratory infection as well as gastrointestinal and central nervous system infections.

Feline Viral rhinotracheitis-calcivirus-panleukopenia (FVRCP)

Don't let the long name of this vaccine deter you. This vaccine is a highly routine vaccine for felines due to the wide range of treatment. One of the most common types of vaccinations to receive at any animal pharmacy in Willoughby or other local areas is one that effectively aid in prevention of multiple viruses in one shot. These can easily be compared to the human version of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine given at birth. Cats receive the FVRCP vaccination for preventing three main virus strains:

  • Calcivirus
  • Panleukopenia
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis

Bordetella

Bordetella vaccination is not as common as others. However, this vaccine should be a part of every preventative arsenal in pets. It is commonly known as "kennel cough" in dogs and can remain dormant in animals until the virus interacts with other animals in closed environments. Consider this vaccine if plans call for boarding or outdoor life.

Leptospirosis

One bacterial infection that is shown to cause a wide range of symptoms that can affect all dogs in particular is Leptospirosis. It can be an insidious disease that goes in hiding during initial infection. Dogs do not necessarily show illness at first. Susceptibility is more common for outdoor pets.

Vaccination is just one component of the healthcare plan of a pet. However, it is probably the most effective early on at preventing more serious illness and healthcare costs. These major vaccinations often work together at preventing more aggressive strains of virus from developing. 

 

Lizzie WeakleyLizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. She enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. If you like Lizzie's writing style, follow her on Twitter @LizzieWeakley or find her on Facebook

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Everyday there is something to be noticed regarding the already inexhaustible problem of the world's growing pet population. Whether an international foundation on television speaks to your heart, or you simply find a cat or dog on the side of the road, there are precautions to consider before bringing an unfamiliar animal into your care.

Pet Rescue

Side-of-the-Road Savvy

Picking up stray animals off of the side of any road should always be approached with caution. A tender human heart wanting to help or protect an innocent animal is often not enough to assure the safety of the animal or the person. Proper pet rescuing needs a discerning eye. Questions like these should be considered: Is the animal visibly injured or scared? Is there evidence of other litter mates or parents around? Is behavior erratic or unusual? Do I have a secured measure of transporting such as a covered box or crate? Once you have the proper supplies, approaching the animal should be done cautiously.

The Downside of Strays

Stray animals sadly are everywhere. Often, these creatures are on the hunt for either food, shelter, or a place to die due to disease or injury. Depending on the circumstance it is difficult to tell what the animal's needs are simply by looking. Picking up strays always runs the risk of health concerns and domestication. Many stray animals are met with debilitating problems such as heart worms and mange. Many females are often pregnant, so you may want to consider talking to a Willoughby neutering service after the babies are born and given away. If money is little-to-no-object, be prepared for handling expensive and often ongoing costs of health care.

Missing or Lost Pets

New owners of stray animals should be aware there are times when strays are not actually strays at all, but simply pets which have simply lost their way from good homes. Being able to save an animal or lost pet is its own reward. New owners of strays need to make sure all efforts to return pets to original owners have been exhausted before deciding to keep them.

Love and compassion between man and beast have funny ways of just happening when the hearts of an animal in need and a caring human being come together. It can also be a very exciting time when a cat or dog finds you, instead of the other way around. Stray animals can make wonderful family pet additions. By giving your stray all the medical attention, food and shelter needed, a happy life with your stray can truly begin.

 

Brooke ChaplanBrooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She has lived and worked in her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico after her graduation from the University of New Mexico. Contact her via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.”

 

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An outdoor kennel is the ideal place of peace and relaxation for many dogs. Dogs hate being cooped inside all day, but it can be dangerous to simply let them roam on their own. Creating an outdoor kennel can be done in about an evening, but will give your canine companion a lifetime of comfort.

How to Create a Comfortable Outdoor Kennel for your Dog

Put up a shelter for your pup

Your dog will need shelter from the elements. Staying out and baking in the sun might sound like a fun pastime, but dogs can easily overheat before they even realize it. Further, most dogs feel comfortable in small dens. Put up a small shelter that is customized to be about the size of your dog. Any larger and it won't give warmth, comfort and protection.

Add some comfy blankets and pillows

Dogs absolutely love to nest and burrow, so if you don't want them to burrow through your yard, you may want to give them something more disposable to borrow in. These blankets and pillows will keep them warm during cold weather and make them more comfortable overall. You may want to cover any concrete area with padding, as it can be rough on a dog's fur and skin.

Create a thoroughly fenced in area

Fencing is incredibly important because many people underestimate the ability of a dog to jump a fence. Certain breeds, such as huskies, can climb almost any barrier. Other dogs, like terriers, can burrow underneath. For your dog's safety, you need to use a tall fence that extends into the ground. Talk with a company to make sure you have the right type of fence for your breed, suggests professionals at Northern California Fence Co.

Put out food and water bowls and check them regularly

A water bowl outside needs to be larger than a household dish because the water will evaporate more quickly. Your dog will drink more water while frolicking and having fun outside. This is the most important item to include outside for your pup, since they can quickly overheat.

Add some of your pup's favorite toys

To make your dog truly comfortable, you'll need to add some of his or her belongings. Leaving out toys will help deter them from chewing on other items outside, like patio furniture or garden hoses. Chew toys are an excellent diversion for a pup that is outside. Dogs that are occupied will also bark less and bother your neighbors less.

Remember that an outdoor kennel needs to be closely monitored during times of bad weather. While some dogs fair very well in cold climates and hot climates, many do not, and it may not be immediately obvious. It's best to bring your furry friend inside when the weather turns rough.

Anita GinsburgAnita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver and often writes about home, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn't writing.

 

 

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