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THANK YOU for vaccinating your pets!

Whether your a recent pet owner or you’ve had a furry family member for a long time, you probably already know how important vaccinations can be, but do you know why?

Vaccines help prevent many illnesses and can help your pet live a long, healthy life. Not only are there different vaccines for different diseases, there are different types and combinations of vaccines. 

Vaccines help prepare your pet’s immune system to fight the invasion of disease-causing organisms. Vaccines contain antigens, which look like the disease-causing organism to the immune system but don’t actually cause disease. When the vaccine is introduced to the body, the immune system is mildly stimulated. If a pet is ever exposed to the real disease, his immune system is now prepared to recognize and fight it off entirely or reduce the severity of the illness.

Like all procedures, vaccination has risks and benefits, Our trained staff will help you consider the necessary vaccinations for your pet based on age, health and lifestyle.

Recommendations for OTC Calming Aids

For animals coming for appointments, surgery, car rides.

If an animal has been here within the year for an exam, the veterinarian in office can prescribe a mild oral sedative to give two hours prior to their appointment.

If the animal has not been here before or is overdue by over a year for an exam, the owner can purchase these items over the counter or online.

1) Zylkene -capsules, come in 75mg, 225mg, 450mg.

Our situational dose is 3 – 5x higher than the daily home use dose.

For cats and dogs:

  • <10 lbs = 225 mg.
  • 11-22 lbs = 450 mg.
  • 23-32 lbs = TWO 450 mg capsules.
  • 33-65 lbs = THREE 450 mg capsules.
  • 66-132 lbs = FOUR 450 mg capsules.

Give 2-4 hours prior to appointment time.

This will have a mild calming effect and not cause excessive sedation.

(There are many over the counter options, but I only recommend Zylkene at this time.)

2) Owner can also try a ThunderShirt or Calming Cap (calmins clothing available at pet stores or online.) but it will be important to make sure the air conditioning is on and the animals do not get overheared

Thanks! Dr. Mina 5/20/20