Shana Bohac: How can my puppy get parvo if vaccinated and other common veterinary questions, part 2 | Local News
Editor’s Note: This is part two of the Common Questions Asked Vets. The first part published September 18.
“Why does my pet need a fecal exam every year? » Intestinal parasites are easy to detect on fomites such as grass, self-grooming or contaminated water. It is important to make sure your pet has not been infected. Intestinal parasites can cause vomiting, weight loss, and diarrhea, to name a few possible side effects.
“How can my puppy get parvo if he is vaccinated? Vaccinations are of the utmost importance for your pup, but they are not 100% effective. Your pup can still catch parvovirus, but vaccinated dogs will have a much better chance of survival and lessened clinical signs. Dogs and cats need vaccines on a yearly basis.
“Why is veterinary care so expensive? I can’t speak for all vets, but I know I hear this often. The overhead costs of a clinic are very high – staff, buildings, equipment, drugs and supplies. Human medicine is a common comparison, but most people have insurance and only have to pay a copayment, whereas in the veterinary field you have to cover the full cost of examinations, diagnoses and treatments. If you compare apples to apples, vets charge far less than hospitals and human doctors.
“Is there pet insurance? Yes, many companies offer pet health insurance. This is a great idea, especially if you have a high maintenance breed like French Bulldogs, Cockers, English Bulldogs, etc. which are prone to many health issues. Do your research and find the plan that works best for you.
“How does my dog have a flea allergy when I don’t see any fleas?” Some dogs and cats are very allergic to flea saliva. A single bite can trigger an allergic reaction and cause severe hair loss and secondary skin infection. Just because you don’t see a real flea infestation doesn’t mean a flea allergy isn’t the cause.
“What are the most common ingredients in dog food that pets are allergic to?” Protein is the most common cause of food allergies. Chicken and beef are the main culprits. Chicken by-products are found in most dog foods and are very difficult to avoid.
You have to look very closely at the food label, but most of the time you’ll find chicken somewhere on the label. A prescription hydrolyzed protein diet is the best way to avoid food allergies.
“Why does my pet need the cone of shame after surgery? » An electronic collar is designed to prevent your pet from licking or chewing the incision. This helps reduce postoperative complications such as infection, suture site opening, and swelling.
Dr. Shana Bohac is a veterinarian and owner of the Navarro Small Animal Clinic.