Why Should I Vaccinate My Pet?

One of the most common questions that the Animal Clinic of Milford team hears from our clients is “why should I vaccinate my pet?” We understand why this question is asked. After all, pet vaccination is an ongoing concern that starts when your pet is very young and extends throughout their life. Pet owners want to know, is pet vaccination really necessary?

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The short answer is yes, pet vaccination is extremely important for your pet’s ongoing health.

What Happens When a Pet is Not Vaccinated?

When a pet owner chooses to not vaccinate their pet, or when they choose not to maintain a proper vaccination schedule, they put their pet as well as all animals (and sometimes people!) that their pet comes into contact with in danger!

In recent months, we have all heard about the ongoing outbreak of Canine Influenza, making this vaccine extremely important for all pets that come into contact with other animals. This disease can be easily spread to pets who are boarding, attending daycare, going to grooming visits, etc. It’s important to remember that even if the pet that is going to these activities is protected, they can also bring the disease home to pets that are not completely protected.

When a sick pet or unvaccinated pet spends time in a public place where other animals congregate, they are putting themselves and everyone else at risk!

How to Maintain a Vaccination Schedule

At the Animal Clinic of Milford, we recommend maintaining your pet’s vaccination schedule to ensure that they are never unprotected for any period of time. We can work closely with you to determine which vaccines are necessary for your pet, depending on their lifestyle, activities, hang-out spots, and more. Our team makes every effort to ensure that each pet is protected at all times…not just when they’re planning on going someplace new.

We invite you to call us today to schedule your pet’s next appointment. Remember, maintaining your pet’s vaccines and preventative schedule is the BEST way to keep them safe and healthy for life.

Ultrasound for Pets

Did your pet eat something he shouldn’t have? The batteries from your remote, perhaps? Although a standard physical exam is beneficial in evaluating a pet’s external symptoms, there are many conditions that require an internal examination. Animal Clinic of Milford is pleased to announce our new ultrasound machine to safely examine your pet internally, providing top-quality diagnostics.

Ultrasound is a non-invasive advanced imaging technique that uses a hand-held probe tool to record “echoes” of sound waves to provide a moving image of your pet’s internal organs in real time. In veterinary medicine, a 3-dimensional image is the most common to examine the internal organs, including the abdominal area and thoracic structures. It also serves as a valuable tool for various emergency situations.

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Ultrasound Preparation

In order for ultrasound waves to be reflected, they cannot pass through air, which means the probe must make direct contact with the skin. Therefore, before we can perform an ultrasound on a pet, we often have to shave the area being examined. This also helps the ultrasound images be produced with better quality. Some pet owners have questions about whether or not anesthesia is necessary for an ultrasound. The answer is no. Most pets can lie comfortably as the scan is performed, and since the image is produced in real time, results are available immediately.

Does Your Pet Need an Ultrasound?

 Our veterinarians may recommend an ultrasound for your pet for any of the following symptoms:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Abdominal fluid
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Change in urinary habits
  • A mass/tumor
  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea

If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your pet, schedule an appointment to take advantage of Animal Clinic of Milford’s new ultrasound technology.