Vaccinations

Young animals are like children; it’s a never-ending job keeping them safe and happy. Vaccinations are the best weapon against many viral and bacterial infections, preventing deadly diseases like Canine Parvovirus and Rabies. Vaccinations are most important while still a puppy or kitten, when their young immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy. Vaccinations are vital to pet health and should be administered to every pet.

Parasites

Get rid of those pesky critters.

Your pet is an easy target for parasites and small insects. Common parasites like ticks, fleas and heartworm-carrying mosquitos feed on your pets, potentially infecting them with many dangerous diseases. Discover how these tiny pests can cause big problems.

Fleas

These bloodsucking insects feed on mammals and lay eggs in their fur. Fleas can transmit harmful parasites like Tapeworms and Murine Typhus, as well as cause dermatitis and anemia. One flea can reproduce nearly 50 times a day, making a flea infestation a substantial threat to your pet’s wellbeing. Flea infestations often spread throughout your home — living in your carpet and furniture and making them tough to eradicate.

Ticks

Ticks are found lurking in shrubs and tall grass. They attach to your pet as they run past, biting them and feeding on their blood. Although nearly microscopic, the tick represents one of the most potent dangers to your pet’s health. A single tick bite can carry a host of potentially fatal diseases including Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis.

Although rare, animal-to-human transfer is possible, making the tick hazardous to you and your family. Special care should be made to inspect your pet, and yourself, after any woodland outdoor activities.

Heartworm

Heartworm-carrying mosquitos represent a lethal danger to your pet. The mosquito’s bite transmits the heartworm larva to your animal, it then slowly develops and makes its way toward the heart. Once there, it multiples within your pet’s pulmonary artery, leading to constricted blood flow, heart disease and major organ failure. In order to prevent deadly heartworm, year-round prevention is recommended.

Parasite Prevention Plan

Both oral and topical anti-parasitic medication is available and should be used regularly. Consult with your Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates veterinarian to determine the best parasite control products for your pet.

Blue Ridge Veterinary Associate’s Parasite Prevention Plan includes:

  • Pet examination and testing
  • Parasite-control product consultation with a Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates veterinarian
  • Access to industry-best medicine and equipment

Nutrition

You are what you eat. Preventative care starts with food.

A nutrition-rich diet is your pet’s first line of defense. Proper daily nutrition is an important factor for keeping your pet healthy, bolstering the immune system and supporting normal development in younger animals.

Every pet’s nutritional needs are different, making feeding them more complicated than it seems. Pet food education is a great way to learn important facts about beneficial nutrients, food safety, and breed-specific feeding requirements.

Your pet depends on you to make the right nutrition choices for them, make sure you know how.

Make an appointment with a Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates veterinarian to discuss your pet’s nutritional needs. We offer many high-quality and prescription diets, if needed.