Dr. Bischel – Eastlake Village Veterinary Clinic.

Knowing how and when to meet with your pet health care needs are essentials. As pet owners, we have all had moments when we wonder what to do. Dr. Ginny Bischel from Eastlake Village Veterinary Clinic answers all those popular questions.

a pet’s life: What Vaccinations Should My Pet Get?

Dr. Bischel: All puppies and kittens should start vaccines at 8 weeks of age with boosters every 3 weeks, until they are 20 weeks of age. Dogs and puppies should receive a Distemper combo vaccine, which protects them against Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvo. In addition, Bordetella vaccine, which protects against Kennel Cough and Rabies is given at 3 months. Cats and Kitttens also get Feline Distemper combo vaccines, including leukemia and rabies.

apl: Can My Pet Make Me Sick?

DB: There are diseases that can be passed from animals to humans, the more common ones being parasitic. This is why deworming your pet year-round is important. Other examples would be fungal infections such as ringworm and the rabies virus.

apl: Why Does My Pet Eat Poop?

DB: Some pets develop a condition called Coprophagia and this usually is due to poor nutrition, intestinal parasite infestation or other underlying medical conditions. There are medications that help avoid or treat this nasty habit and addressing it at an early age is always the best!

apl: Should I Brush My Pet’s Teeth?

DB: Teeth brushing at an early age is always the best way to get your pet used to oral hygiene. Currently, there are many different ways to keep your pet’s mouth healthy, avoiding gum disease and tooth decay. There are also prescription diets that contain special ingredients that help protect tooth enamel so check with your veterinarian.

apl: Why does my dog eat grass?

DB: Many pets eat grass due to a lack of fiber in their diet or due to other nutritional deficiencies and others just eat it because they like it! However, all pet owners should discourage their pet from eating grass since grass spears can get lodged in the larynx or throat area. They can sometimes cause subsequent vomiting that can lead to aspiration of grass particles.

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