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Acoma Animal Clinic, Where Pets Are Part of the Family
At Acoma Animal Clinic, your friendly neighborhood Tucson Veterinary Hospital, we know that your pets are part of the family. They should get the best care and treatment possible! Caring for a pet is a big responsibility. They depend on us for everything! Of course, spoiling them with love and affection comes naturally. Remember, puppies, kittens and adult dogs and cats need to have regular checkups with the vet. This is a standard part of pet care. It’s what it takes to make sure your little loved one stays healthy and active for many, many years to come.
Make sure to bring your puppy in for a visit when they are between six to eight weeks old. It is time for them to start getting vaccinations! Little newborn puppies don’t have fully developed immune systems. They get antibodies from their mother, which helps, but vaccinations give them a boost and help to protect them from many serious diseases. Core vaccines include distemper, adenovirus-2, canine parvovirus-2, and rabies. Other non-core vaccines may be needed too. They could protect against everything from Lyme disease to Bordetella.
Spaying and Neutering
I you are not planning on breeding your pet, it is essential to have them spayed or neutered. These procedures have a myriad of health benefits and combat overpopulation. Every year millions of pets end up homeless or in shelters. Spaying/neutering is THE best way to address this issue. By having your pet spayed before their first heat, you virtually eliminate the risk of mammary gland tumors or uterine cancer. Neutering will likewise remove the risk of testicular cancer and is known to reduce incidents of prostate disease! These procedures have been known to increase the life of canine friends by 1 to 3 years and of felines by 3 to 5.