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Vaccinations and parasite control are cornerstones of preventive health. In general, we believe the following vaccines are essential for every cat or dog:

  • Rabies (both cats and dogs)
  • Canine distemper
  • Canine hepatitis
  • Canine leptospirosis
  • Canine parvovirus infection
  • Canine parainfluenza
  • Feline panleukopenia
  • Feline calicivirus infection
  • Feline distemper
  • Feline leukemia
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis

We also consider your pet’s lifestyle and environment to determine if other vaccines may be necessary.


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Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are a major issue and can lead to many significant health problems. Products generally fall into one of two categories: neurotoxic insecticides or insect growth regulators (IGR). Neurotoxic insecticides target adult fleas and ticks and work by paralyzing insects before neutralizing them. IGR’s target parasites in the early stages of life and prevent the growth of eggs into larvae.


Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal condition caused by foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs, and related blood vessels. An effective heartworm treatment regimen exists for dogs, which are more prone to infestations than cats. However, the same medication cannot be used in cats, so prevention is the only way to fully protect them against the disease. We generally recommend having your pet tested annually since early detection is always the best defense against infection.

Intestinal Parasites

Most intestinal parasites are not clearly visible, so we screen for infection via microscopic analysis at our hospital. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends fecal analyses be performed 2-4 times in the first year of life for puppies and kittens and 1-2 times per year for adults.

A number of heartworm preventives can also be used against certain intestinal parasites. Depending on the product, this may include protection against hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, or tapeworms. However, no single treatment can eliminate every parasite, and we encourage you to contact us before making any decisions about treatment of parasites.

Which Product is the Best?

The short answer is: it depends. For any pet, the best product is the one that accounts for his or her lifestyle and addresses parasites common to where you live.

At East River Veterinary Hospital, our team is happy to discuss the pros and cons of any product. We also offer competitive values on parasite prevention and treatments through our pharmacy.

On the Web

American Heartworm Society:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Companion Animal Parasite Council:

WebMD Pet Health Center:

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