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By 7016447379 15 Oct, 2017

Core Vaccinations at Broadway Vet-


Bordetella vaccine also known as kennel cough. This vaccine is required at most doggie daycares, boarding or grooming facilities. It protects against a respiratory disease in dogs spread at locations where other dogs play at like those locations that require the vaccination and also on walks around your neighborhood or at the dog park. Kennel cough is highly contagious. This vaccination is labeled for one year use however some boarding/grooming facilities require it to be updated every 6 months. Please let us know if you board or go to doggie daycare at Camp Bow Wow as they require an injection bordetella and we normally give an oral vaccine instead which they do not allow or honor.


DAPP+L4 (Distemper/Adenovirus/Parvovirus/Parainfluenza/Lepto) This vaccine is a core vaccine. Distemper virus — Attacks the lungs and affects the function of the brain and spinal cord; disease can be fatal, Adenovirus — Affects the liver and can cause loss of vision, Parainfluenza — Respiratory virus that causes coughing, Parvovirus — Attacks the lining of the intestinal tract and damages the heart of very young puppies; a disease can be fatal and is very common in Idaho! Leptospirosis is caused by a bacteria spread through soil, water, and the urine of infected animals, and if not caught early it can be deadly. It is very important to vaccinate your dog for these viruses because Parvo, Parainfluenza and Lepto have been seen at Broadway Vet in the last year commonly! They are prevalent in the treasure valley and can infect your pet. The DAPP+L4 is a one year vaccine.


Rabies vaccination is a core vaccine and should be up to date at all times no matter if your dog has no exposure to anywhere but your house and backyard. Rabid bats are in Idaho and can transfer the fatal disease to your dog with one simple bite. Rabies is always fatal and can be transferred to humans. One other concern for keeping your dog's rabies vaccination up to date would be for avoidance of quarantine. When a pet bites a human, the humane society and animal control require a rabies quarantine if reported by the injured victim. The victim may actually ask for rabies testing as well. It is very important to update the rabies vaccine for your dog. The first rabies is a 1 year vaccination. Any following rabies vaccines are 3 year vaccinations.


Puppies vaccinations sets: We recommend starting the puppy series at 8 weeks of age. The second set of vaccinations should be at 12 weeks of age. The final set should be at 16 weeks of age. The puppy will get a DAPP vaccination at every visit and a rabies at the final visit. Bordetella will be given at the second visit. After this final set is complete, the puppy is now ready to come back for vaccinations once a year after that.


NON-CORE vaccinations: We can vaccinate for some non-core vaccinations here at Broadway Vet and they should be given after a thorough evaluation of the pet's exposure level.


Canine Influenza: As stated in a previous post here ( https://www.broadwayvethosp.net/civ-canine-influenza ) We recommend vaccinating for flu vaccines if the dog goes boarding or grooming. The first vaccine will need to be boostered 3-4 weeks later and then once a year after that. Only a few boarding facilities require the flu vaccines at this time.


Rattlesnake vaccine: The rattlesnake vaccine is supposed to help allow your pet more time to get to the veterinary hospital. It does not stop the rattlesnake bite effects, but rather slows them enough to give the pet owner time to get to a veterinary hospital to get treatment for their pet. We recommend getting the vaccine if your pet goes hiking in the foothills, camping or goes on trips to desert type areas where rattlesnakes are present. The rattlesnake vaccine should be given in early spring and boostered 3-4 weeks later.


Please talk to your veterinarian about which vaccines your pet should get. Each pet has different exposure levels and receive their own vaccine protocol. Give us a call if you have any questions about which vaccines your pet should be getting.

By 7016447379 06 Oct, 2017

What exactly is included in a physical exam?

The doctors go through many evaluations in a physical exam of a pet that they may not state directly to the owner in order to focus and have more time on the main concerns. If something is normal the doctor may just say, “Everything looks healthy.” or “Everything looks great except..” What you don't know is what the doctor saw that means that everything looks good. Here's what the doctors look at specifically during a thorough examination.

  • General Appearance: A weight and temperature will be taken. The doctor will look for the following: Is the pet bright, alert and responsive? Does the pet have a good body condition?
  • Eyes: Are the c orneas clear? Are the pupils a normal size and symmetrical? Is the sclera white? Is there ocular discharge
  • Ears: Is there discharge observed? Is there redness present?
  • Integument (skin and coat): Is there a normal amount of shedding? Does the skin looks normal? Is the hair coat in good condition?
  • Oral Cavity: Are the teeth are free from excessive tartar? Are the gums pink and moist? Is there gingivitis present?
  • Lymphatics: Are the l ymph nodes all normal size?
  • Cardiovascular (heart): The doctor will listen to the heart. A heart rate vital will be taken. Does the heart have a r egular rhythm? Is there a murmur detected? Are there strong femoral pulses? Is capillary refill time (CRT) is less than 2 seconds?
  • Musculoskeletal: Is the pet able to walk normally?
  • Gastrointestinal: Does the pet poop normally? The doctor will palpate the stomach.
  • Urogenital: Does the pet pee normally? Do the external genitalia appear normal? The doctor will palpate the bladder.
  • Respiratory: The doctor will listen the lungs to make sure that the lungs ascultate clear and the trachea is clear. A respiratory rate vital will be taken.
  • Neurologic: The doctor will make sure there are no apparent neurological abnormalities
  • Mucous Membranes: The doctor will check to see if they are pink, moist, and there is normal capillary refill time.


That's a lot of things that the doctors check in an examination to make sure your pet is healthy. Just because your pet appears to be in good health doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong. Sometimes a thorough annual physical examination will uncover important health issues that would otherwise go unnoticed. Paying $49.00 for a physical examination is worth the money. We recommend an annual examination on your pet once a year even if it looks healthy. Noticing something is wrong before the pet gets terribly sick can sometimes save your pet's life. Give us a call to schedule your pet's wellness examination once a year so that you can be proactive about your pet's health.

Broadway Vet Loves Your Pet

By 7016447379 03 Oct, 2017


"Among all causes of lethal feline disease, none should be taken more seriously by cat owners than those caused by two specific submicroscopic organisms: feline leukemia virus ( FeLV ) and feline immunodeficiency virus ( FIV ).

FeLV is usually spread when an uninfected cat comes in contact with the saliva or urine of an infected cat-while they groom each other, for example, or when they share food bowls or litter boxes. FIV, on the other hand, is most often spread when an infected cat bites an uninfected cat. A human cannot become infected through contact with an infected cat.

Among the most frequently diagnosed FeLV-caused conditions are lymphoma  (cancer or solid tumors of the lymph nodes); leukemia (cancer of various bone marrow and circulating white blood cells); and anemia  (a deficiency of red blood cells). Immune deficiency resulting from FeLV infection can also diminish a cat's ability to ward off infection with countless bacteria, protozoa, fungi and other viruses.

The most commonly observed clinical signs of FIV infection include inflammation of the mucous tissue of the mouth, inflammation of the middle layer of the eye  and various cancers . Other frequent consequences include chronic skin infections, gastrointestinal  upset and persistent diarrhea , urinary system problems, respiratory  tract infections,  neurologic disorders , and, in females, reproductive failures such as spontaneous abortion. Some infected cats experience recurrent illness interspersed with periods of relative good health. In most cats, however, susceptibility to opportunistic diseases increases progressively as the animal's immune system is repeatedly challenged by successive episodes of illness." -Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine

Any cat that has contact with other cats is susceptible to contracting these viruses and recommended to get tested once a year. It is often a cat with no symptoms that can be positive on their test results. Symptoms of these infections are treatable and being proactive will help your cat live a longer life when either a FIV or FELV positive test result is found.

October's special discount is $25.00 off of feline Viral Screening.

Normally Felv/FIV tests are $65.00 but in October with the discount they are now $40.00.

This can be a technician appointment (blood draw only). The only requirements are a current annual exam and a current rabies vaccination.

Give us a call at 208-344-5592 to schedule your cat's appointment for viral screening.

BROADWAY VET LOVES YOUR PET

By 7016447379 03 Oct, 2017

Canine Influenza- What you need to know:

Canine influenza or dog flu is a highly contagious viral infection spread by coughing and sneezing of an infected dog to your dog and usually picked up where dogs have close contact with each other like a boarding facility, grooming facility or the dog park. The virus can remain alive and able to infect on surfaces for up to 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours, and on hands for 12 hours.

Canine Influenza has two strains, H3N2 and H3N8. At Broadway vet, we recommend all dogs who go boarding or grooming get both Canine Influenza vaccines. The vaccines should be boostered 3-4 weeks after the first set and then yearly after that.

"In May 2017, canine H3N2 influenza was diagnosed in dogs in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Louisiana, and Illinois. This was the same strain of H3N2 involved in the 2015 outbreak in Chicago" according to AVMA.org.  This year was a big spread of an outbreak and I worry pets that are traveling with owners on vacation are bringing the sickness with them.

"H3N8 has an incubation period of 1 to 5 days, with clinical signs in most cases appearing 2 to 3 days after exposure. Dogs infected with H3N2 may start showing respiratory signs between 2 and 8 days after infection." ( AVMA.org ) Symptoms usually are described very similar to Kennel Cough (persistent coughing, sometimes nasal discharge and fever).

A little less than 10% of dogs who get Canine Influenza will die due to the virus. That's a scary amount, almost 1 in 10 dogs infected with Canine Influenza will die.

"The canine influenza vaccine is a "lifestyle" vaccine, and is not recommended for every dog. In general, the vaccine is intended to protect dogs at risk for exposure to the canine influenza virus, which includes those that participate in activities with many other dogs or are housed in communal facilities, particularly where the virus is prevalent." ( AVMA.org ) Please talk to your veterinarian about whether your dog should receive the Canine Influenza vaccines.


We carry both vaccines here at Broadway Vet

H3N2= $21

H3N8= $20

Both will need to be boostered 3-4 weeks after the first set and then once a year after that.


BROADWAY VET LOVES YOUR PET.

By 7016447379 28 Sep, 2017

It's true that you can save time and money buying your furry family member's medications online. But do you know if they have been approved by the FDA and if there is a licensed pharmacist on site? An extremely low price for a medication you typically pay a decent amount for can be a sign that something fishy is going on. Online pharmacies are able to buy mass quantities of medications in bulk, and it is our sincere hope that those medications are double checked by the pharmacist before they ship out. Here at Broadway Vet you have the Doctor's guarantee that all medications purchased here are double checked by a Doctor before they leave the building with you! 

Also, is the seller legitimately licensed and based in the U.S? Here at Broadway Vet, we work closely with our vendors. We know them by name, we know their phone numbers, even their cell numbers. We know their families, their children, even when and where they go on vacation! If there is an issue with the medication, we can contact them directly. Not a 1-800 number, a local number. Take for example HEARTGARD Plus. If you give HEARTGARD Plus to your pet continuously, and they unfortunately test positive for heartworm, did you know that the company we work with, Merial, will PAY for your pet's heartworm treatment IF you purchase medications through Broadway Vet? The Plus Guarantee remains in force only when you obtain HEARTGARD Plus from a licensed veterinarian with whom you have a valid doctor-owner-pet relationship. 

 As online pharmacies continue to increase in popularity, what rises along with it are frauds. We love each and every pet that walks through our doors like they are our own.We would be heartbroken if a medication was given to your pet that wasn't effective or wasn't what it claimed to be. We understand that sometimes medications can be sometimes unexpected and costly. When you purchase medications through Broadway Vet, your purchase goes directly to helping pets here and your purchase stays in Idaho, it doesn't go to a far away country. The medication is double checked by a Doctor before it leaves the building with your pet. We stock each shelf of our pharmacy personally each week, we know what each medication looks like, even what it smells like! We fill each medication personally, we have been trained on how to fill pet medications. We will half and quarter medications so you don't have to. We keep track of what medication will need bloodwork and recheck exams to monitor its value to your pet. We do all of this because we sincerely love your pet at Broadway Vet!


By 7016447379 27 Sep, 2017

Sometimes unfortunately pet owners come in with a really sick pet or an emergency and they do not have the funds to pay for treatment. Broadway Vet's payment policy is to collect payment at the time of service. We have offered payments to clients in the past and about 90% of the payments we have extended to clients have never paid what they promised to pay. With the cost of equipment used, staff paid for the time of the procedure and the building and utilities costs, we have had to stop all payments to clients. We have since started to collect all payment at the time of service. We do offer interest free promotions through Care Credit ( www.carecredit.com ) on all purchases over $200. We really recommend getting your pet insured through Pets Best Pet insurance ( www.petsbest.com ) prior to an emergency or illness because the company can reimburse you for your pet's illness or injuries the majority of your pet's bill. Dave Ramsey recommends you keep an emergency fund of $1000.00 in a savings account for emergency situations because like he says “Its never IF an emergency will happen, its for WHEN one will happen.” However things slip through the cracks, pet owners could have no savings readily available for their pet in case of an emergency and do not qualify for Care Credit due to poor credit. We do offer in certain circumstances clients to surrender there pet to us to be re-homed. We also recommend trying to take the pet to the Idaho Humane Society who has a sliding scale for low income families. Sometimes none of these alternative options are an option for an owner. As a sad and very last resort only and only if the pet is suffering and absolutely not savable, we can offer to humanely euthanize. We never wish for this to be the case. Just recently it has been brought to our attention that all of these options may not be enough, so we have been looking into alternatives even further so that pet's can get the treatment they need when these situations arise. I have researched several websites that help fund pet emergencies. Here's what I found:


www.labradorharbor.org/guidelines.html


www.labradorlifeline.org


www.themagicbulletfund.org/SOP.shtml


www.petchance.org


www.redrover.org/program/redrover-relief


www.starelief.org


www.thepetfund.com


Each one of these websites are a donation based organization to help aid clients with a pet emergency to pay for veterinary bills. We at Broadway Vet are not here to judge a client based on their income. We absolutely want to provide the best care for your pet every time and in every situation. We will ALWAYS offer the GOLD STANDARD of care for your pet first no matter what. However, with that being said, in order for us to stick around, we cannot give away free services to clients who cannot pay. Responsible pet ownership means preparing for the unexpected.

As always..

BROADWAY VET LOVES YOUR PET


By 7016447379 26 Sep, 2017

Most pets are considered a senior at the age of 7-8. This is a time to recognize any early signs of age-related disease or health problems and provide the proper care for your aging pet. We know you want to extend the quantity and quality of time you can spend together with your four legged companion. We have put together a diagnostic package that is structu red for senior pets. This package would normally cost $427.28, this month we are offering it for only $262.94. This is a huge savings of $164.54.

The Senior Care Package includes:

- Exam

-Hospital Stay (for accuracy of tests)

- Blood Screen

-Urinalysis

-Thyroid Test

-Fecal/Giardia Test

-ECG

-Blood Pressure Test

-Glaucoma Pressure Test

Spaces are limited so schedule your "Senior Care" package today. Give us a call at 208-344-5592 to schedule your pet's day for senior care package screening.
By 7016447379 26 Sep, 2017
A drop off appointment is when you leave your pet with us for an unspecified amount of time to be seen when the doctor's schedule allows. I know that sounds really scary to a pet owner and one of the main fears is that your pet will be put in a kennel and forgotten about. At Broadway Vet that is never the case! We have comfy blankets that  we put down on the bottom of the kennel, they get a water bowl and let out to potty when needed. We like to have all pets within eye's watch if the space is available. 100% of the time that your pet is here as a drop-off appointment, there is a veterinary technician watching your pet and making sure your pet is getting taken care of. The reason behind us accepting drop off appointments is that when our doctor's schedule fills up and there are no available appointments left on the same day, our doctors are usually able to fit in a few drop off appointments in between their appointments as their schedule flow allows. Recently a few people have asked us because they live so close, “Well could you call me when the doctor has a minute and I will come right down?” The simple answer to that is no mainly because the doctor may only have 5 minutes to complete part of a physical exam on your pet in between one appointment and then the next appointment that doctor has time to call you and discuss the plan and then in between the next appointment the doctor might have time to look at a few diagnostic results the technician ran on your pet. If we were to call you when “the doctor has a minute” that window of 5 minutes or less may be used up by the client's transportation time here for bringing the pet back into us and then the opportunity to see that pet is lost. Our priority of pets seen are set in order as follows: 1. Emergencies 2. Appointments 3. Drop offs/Walk-ins. Because we don't know when the doctor will be able to work on drop off appointments because they have to be worked in between regular appointments, we can't give an exact time for pick up. However there is absolutely nothing to worry about when you leave your pet with us as a drop off. Every pet here at Broadway Vet is treated with the same quality of care that our own pets would get because BROADWAY VET LOVES YOUR PET!

PS.. I have included an example of the appointment schedule for one of our days at Broadway Vet to give you guys some perspective of what a day at Broadway Vet looks like.

By 7016447379 26 Sep, 2017

At Broadway Vet, we are very concerned for the health of all of the pets that visit us at Broadway Vet. We see many sick pets that are contagious to other animals. Broadway Vet has a strict protocol for sick pets that we enforce to protect the healthy pets that visit our hospital. Below we will share that protocol:

1. Upon making an appointment with Broadway Vet for a sick pet, we immediately inform the pet owner to wait in the car and call us from the car when they arrive. If there is a walk-in appointment for a sick pet, there is warning signs on all the doors to not enter the hospital before calling us at the door to inform us that a sick pet has arrived.
2. We try to make sure that the lobby is clear of healthy pets that could catch the possible contagious sickness before the sick pet is brought in. If it is unavoidable to bring in a sick pet when healthy pets are in the lobby, then the vet assistant will direct the sick pet through a different route through the hospital to avoid the healthy pets.
3. After the sick pet has been checked into a room, the vet assistant uses our “sick pet mop bucket” (yes, we have a sick pet mop bucket and a healthy pet mop bucket) and the vet assistant will mop the area from where the sick pet entered up to the room that they were checked into.
4. Any person who enters and leaves the sick pet room is sprayed neck to toe with disinfectant and their hands are washed to make sure there is no spread to other pets by employee to pet contact.
5. We only use one room for sick pets and do not put healthy pets in the room for many days after the sick pet room has been contaminated and cleaned.
6. After the sick pet leaves the hospital, the vet assistant again mops the area from where the sick pet left the room to the door where that sick pet left.
7. The sick pet room is then sprayed thoroughly with disinfectant and mopped with the sick pet mop bucket. All clothing that was worn, towels used and sick pet mop heads are washed with bleach.
8. If the sick pet needs to be hospitalized, there is an isolation room that is not near any other pets in the hospital. This room has a strict protocol for entering. Only one doctor and one technician are allowed to enter this room and leave this room after being decontaminated per day. Those two people are not allowed to be in contact with susceptible pets for the rest of the day even after decontamination.
9. We have take home handouts for pet owners of diagnosed parvovirus contamination. This handout informs the owner how to decontaminate their own house as best as possible and the instructions regarding informing anyone who has had contact with that sick pet.

We have this protocol in place to prevent the spread of any illness from one sick pet to any healthy pets. Broadway Vet will always try to keep the healthy pets safe from the many sick pets that we see on a day to day basis because BROADWAY VET LOVES YOUR PET.

By 7016447379 24 Sep, 2017


  1. Brush your pet's teeth-

    Regular brushing will help prevent bacterial infections, periodontal disease and gingivitis. Keeping your pets teeth clean will help prevent major dental work that could cost you $800 to $2000.

  2. Vaccinate-

    Dogs and cats are at risk of exposure to a variety of infectious diseases. Getting your pet vaccinated every year is the best prevention. Its also less expensive to vaccinate versus to treat the disease. Parvo is highly contagious and fatal if left untreated. Parvo can cost $1500 to treat. Rabies is always fatal and people are at risk for getting this disease as well. Parvo and Rabies are both prevalent in Idaho.

  3. Nail Trims/Grooming-

    Keeping your pets nails trimmed short will help prevent them from getting snagged which could break or tear the nail. Short nails will reduce the chance of slipping on hard surfaces including ice. Regular grooming will prevent uncomfortable mats from forming on your pet. Animals just feel better when they are maintained.

  4. Heartworm Prevention/Deworming-

    Internal parasites can make your pet very ill and can even be passed to people, especially young children. Keeping your pet dewormed regularly can prevent this. Heartworm disease is also very preventable and treatable if caught early. Heartworm treatment runs around $1000. Heartworm prevention can be as little as $8.00 per month and helps with preventing internal parasites as well.

  5. Pre-Purchase Breed Selection-

    Certain breeds can cost a lot of money to maintain, require lots of exercise or a large yard to play in. Your veterinarian can help determine a breed that is best suited for your lifestyle.

  6. Household Toxins-

    Keeping cleaners, human medications, toxic plants and automotive chemicals out of reach will keep your pet safe and the vet bill free! Many animals die every year due to toxins left out in the house, garage or driveway. Keep lids on all household trash cans.

  7. Physical Exams-

    Your veterinarian can spot if something is wrong or if further work up is recommended. If caught early, the doctor can start treatment and fix the problem before your pet gets too sick and needs to be hospitalized. Sometimes a simple exam can save a pets life.

  8. Bloodwork-

    Early diagnosis of diseases can start early treatment and help prolong your pets life. Regular testing of adult and senior pets can help treat diseases in their early stage. Bloodwork is also used to help monitor pets on medications to make sure organ damage isn't occurring.

  9. Social Skills-

    Having your pet properly trained around people, kids and other animals can help reduce the chance of fear biting, aggressive behavior and dog fights. Many owners have had to pay fines and/or hospital bills due to their pets behavior.

  10. Excellent Nutrition-

    Feeding your pet a good quality pet food and eliminating table scraps will help maintain a health weight and keep their skin and coat nice. Overweight pets can lead to diabetes, liver disease and joint injuries. Your veterinarian can help decide which food is best suited for your pet and determine a target weight to keep your pet healthy.

  11. Spay/Neuter-

    Having your dog or cat fixed will help avoid unwanted pregnancies, emergency c-sections and certain cancers like testicular cancer and ovarian cancer. Uterine infections will be avoided more often as well. Males can also be injured and killed while they search for an in-heat female. Males have jumped 6 foot fences and become impaled on the fence trying to get to a female and others intact animals have run into traffic. An in-heat female can draw males in from a mile away.

  12. Establish a “Vet for Life”-

    Your regular veterinarian knows your pet and all their history. Staying with one veterinarian will prevent double testing and the chance of over vaccinating. Your vet will help determine what care your animal needs based on their environment to get the appropriate diagnosis.

  13. Crate Training-

    Keeping your pet in a crate will protect your pet and your property. It will eliminate potential fights with other pets in the household and accidental breeding. Its also safer in your vehicle to have your pets restrained when going on road trips (like to the vet). Plus, they can tolerate being in a cage at your vet's office if its needed.

  14. Appropriate Treats-

    Making sure you feed your pet appropriate treats will help prevent GI upset and possible foreign body obstructions. Bones can break up into small sharp pieces and can cause internal damage or break a tooth! They can be swallowed whole resulting in the need for exploratory surgery. If this happens, it could cost you $2500 to have the object removed. If left undiagnosed, its almost always fatal.

  15. Get Accurate Information-

    Lots of websites have inaccurate information that may mislead you and cause further injury to your pet or death. If you have questions regarding your pets health, call your veterinarian to get the most accurate and up to date information to possibly save your pets life. Your vet has your animals records and will be able to help you determine if your pet needs an exam and will avoid mixing medications. Do not self diagnose or self treat. Most medications used for human adults are very toxic to animals and have been known to cause fatalities.

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By 7016447379 15 Oct, 2017

Core Vaccinations at Broadway Vet-


Bordetella vaccine also known as kennel cough. This vaccine is required at most doggie daycares, boarding or grooming facilities. It protects against a respiratory disease in dogs spread at locations where other dogs play at like those locations that require the vaccination and also on walks around your neighborhood or at the dog park. Kennel cough is highly contagious. This vaccination is labeled for one year use however some boarding/grooming facilities require it to be updated every 6 months. Please let us know if you board or go to doggie daycare at Camp Bow Wow as they require an injection bordetella and we normally give an oral vaccine instead which they do not allow or honor.


DAPP+L4 (Distemper/Adenovirus/Parvovirus/Parainfluenza/Lepto) This vaccine is a core vaccine. Distemper virus — Attacks the lungs and affects the function of the brain and spinal cord; disease can be fatal, Adenovirus — Affects the liver and can cause loss of vision, Parainfluenza — Respiratory virus that causes coughing, Parvovirus — Attacks the lining of the intestinal tract and damages the heart of very young puppies; a disease can be fatal and is very common in Idaho! Leptospirosis is caused by a bacteria spread through soil, water, and the urine of infected animals, and if not caught early it can be deadly. It is very important to vaccinate your dog for these viruses because Parvo, Parainfluenza and Lepto have been seen at Broadway Vet in the last year commonly! They are prevalent in the treasure valley and can infect your pet. The DAPP+L4 is a one year vaccine.


Rabies vaccination is a core vaccine and should be up to date at all times no matter if your dog has no exposure to anywhere but your house and backyard. Rabid bats are in Idaho and can transfer the fatal disease to your dog with one simple bite. Rabies is always fatal and can be transferred to humans. One other concern for keeping your dog's rabies vaccination up to date would be for avoidance of quarantine. When a pet bites a human, the humane society and animal control require a rabies quarantine if reported by the injured victim. The victim may actually ask for rabies testing as well. It is very important to update the rabies vaccine for your dog. The first rabies is a 1 year vaccination. Any following rabies vaccines are 3 year vaccinations.


Puppies vaccinations sets: We recommend starting the puppy series at 8 weeks of age. The second set of vaccinations should be at 12 weeks of age. The final set should be at 16 weeks of age. The puppy will get a DAPP vaccination at every visit and a rabies at the final visit. Bordetella will be given at the second visit. After this final set is complete, the puppy is now ready to come back for vaccinations once a year after that.


NON-CORE vaccinations: We can vaccinate for some non-core vaccinations here at Broadway Vet and they should be given after a thorough evaluation of the pet's exposure level.


Canine Influenza: As stated in a previous post here ( https://www.broadwayvethosp.net/civ-canine-influenza ) We recommend vaccinating for flu vaccines if the dog goes boarding or grooming. The first vaccine will need to be boostered 3-4 weeks later and then once a year after that. Only a few boarding facilities require the flu vaccines at this time.


Rattlesnake vaccine: The rattlesnake vaccine is supposed to help allow your pet more time to get to the veterinary hospital. It does not stop the rattlesnake bite effects, but rather slows them enough to give the pet owner time to get to a veterinary hospital to get treatment for their pet. We recommend getting the vaccine if your pet goes hiking in the foothills, camping or goes on trips to desert type areas where rattlesnakes are present. The rattlesnake vaccine should be given in early spring and boostered 3-4 weeks later.


Please talk to your veterinarian about which vaccines your pet should get. Each pet has different exposure levels and receive their own vaccine protocol. Give us a call if you have any questions about which vaccines your pet should be getting.

By 7016447379 06 Oct, 2017

What exactly is included in a physical exam?

The doctors go through many evaluations in a physical exam of a pet that they may not state directly to the owner in order to focus and have more time on the main concerns. If something is normal the doctor may just say, “Everything looks healthy.” or “Everything looks great except..” What you don't know is what the doctor saw that means that everything looks good. Here's what the doctors look at specifically during a thorough examination.

  • General Appearance: A weight and temperature will be taken. The doctor will look for the following: Is the pet bright, alert and responsive? Does the pet have a good body condition?
  • Eyes: Are the c orneas clear? Are the pupils a normal size and symmetrical? Is the sclera white? Is there ocular discharge
  • Ears: Is there discharge observed? Is there redness present?
  • Integument (skin and coat): Is there a normal amount of shedding? Does the skin looks normal? Is the hair coat in good condition?
  • Oral Cavity: Are the teeth are free from excessive tartar? Are the gums pink and moist? Is there gingivitis present?
  • Lymphatics: Are the l ymph nodes all normal size?
  • Cardiovascular (heart): The doctor will listen to the heart. A heart rate vital will be taken. Does the heart have a r egular rhythm? Is there a murmur detected? Are there strong femoral pulses? Is capillary refill time (CRT) is less than 2 seconds?
  • Musculoskeletal: Is the pet able to walk normally?
  • Gastrointestinal: Does the pet poop normally? The doctor will palpate the stomach.
  • Urogenital: Does the pet pee normally? Do the external genitalia appear normal? The doctor will palpate the bladder.
  • Respiratory: The doctor will listen the lungs to make sure that the lungs ascultate clear and the trachea is clear. A respiratory rate vital will be taken.
  • Neurologic: The doctor will make sure there are no apparent neurological abnormalities
  • Mucous Membranes: The doctor will check to see if they are pink, moist, and there is normal capillary refill time.


That's a lot of things that the doctors check in an examination to make sure your pet is healthy. Just because your pet appears to be in good health doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong. Sometimes a thorough annual physical examination will uncover important health issues that would otherwise go unnoticed. Paying $49.00 for a physical examination is worth the money. We recommend an annual examination on your pet once a year even if it looks healthy. Noticing something is wrong before the pet gets terribly sick can sometimes save your pet's life. Give us a call to schedule your pet's wellness examination once a year so that you can be proactive about your pet's health.

Broadway Vet Loves Your Pet

By 7016447379 03 Oct, 2017


"Among all causes of lethal feline disease, none should be taken more seriously by cat owners than those caused by two specific submicroscopic organisms: feline leukemia virus ( FeLV ) and feline immunodeficiency virus ( FIV ).

FeLV is usually spread when an uninfected cat comes in contact with the saliva or urine of an infected cat-while they groom each other, for example, or when they share food bowls or litter boxes. FIV, on the other hand, is most often spread when an infected cat bites an uninfected cat. A human cannot become infected through contact with an infected cat.

Among the most frequently diagnosed FeLV-caused conditions are lymphoma  (cancer or solid tumors of the lymph nodes); leukemia (cancer of various bone marrow and circulating white blood cells); and anemia  (a deficiency of red blood cells). Immune deficiency resulting from FeLV infection can also diminish a cat's ability to ward off infection with countless bacteria, protozoa, fungi and other viruses.

The most commonly observed clinical signs of FIV infection include inflammation of the mucous tissue of the mouth, inflammation of the middle layer of the eye  and various cancers . Other frequent consequences include chronic skin infections, gastrointestinal  upset and persistent diarrhea , urinary system problems, respiratory  tract infections,  neurologic disorders , and, in females, reproductive failures such as spontaneous abortion. Some infected cats experience recurrent illness interspersed with periods of relative good health. In most cats, however, susceptibility to opportunistic diseases increases progressively as the animal's immune system is repeatedly challenged by successive episodes of illness." -Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine

Any cat that has contact with other cats is susceptible to contracting these viruses and recommended to get tested once a year. It is often a cat with no symptoms that can be positive on their test results. Symptoms of these infections are treatable and being proactive will help your cat live a longer life when either a FIV or FELV positive test result is found.

October's special discount is $25.00 off of feline Viral Screening.

Normally Felv/FIV tests are $65.00 but in October with the discount they are now $40.00.

This can be a technician appointment (blood draw only). The only requirements are a current annual exam and a current rabies vaccination.

Give us a call at 208-344-5592 to schedule your cat's appointment for viral screening.

BROADWAY VET LOVES YOUR PET

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