PET TIPS

Helpful Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe and Healthy

Protect your pets against diseases by vaccinating yearly. An exam is required with all vaccines. The first exam is $49.00. Exams for booster vaccines are $30.00 as long as they are done 3 to 4 weeks from the initial visit.

Puppies:
8 weeks of age: 
  • DAPP $25.00
10 -12 weeks of age:
  • DAPP(L) $25.00
  • Bordetella $18.00
15 -18 weeks of age:
  • DAPP(L) $25.00
  • Rabies $18.00
Kittens:
8 weeks of age:
  • FVRCP $18.00
  • FELV $27.00
10 -12 weeks of age:
  • FVRCP $18.00
  • FELV $27.00
15-18 weeks of age:
  • FVRCP $18.00
  • Rabies $18.00
Adult Dogs:
  • Rabies - after 1-year rabies is given, all following rabies vaccines are 3-year vaccines
  • DAPP (L) - done annually unless doctor specifies otherwise
  • Bordetella - boosted every 6 months to 1 year. 6 months if boarding facility requires it
Adult Cats:
  • Rabies - after 1-year rabies is given, all following rabies vaccines are 3-year vaccines.
  • FVRCP - done annually unless doctor specifies otherwise
  • FELV - done annually to cats that go outside (even a little) or exposed to cats that go outside unless doctor specifies otherwise

Protect Your Pets Against Heartworm Disease

We recommend giving monthly heartworm prevention called Heartgard to your canine companions. We have had two positive heartworm tests in the last year just at Broadway Veterinary Hospital. There is heartworm prevalent in Idaho and it’s becoming more and more prevalent every year!

Heartworms are an internal parasite that is transferred by a bite from a mosquito and spread from the blood from an infected pet to your pet. The heartworm starts as microfilariae, which are the newborn children of the adult worms living in the heart and pulmonary arteries.

The microfilariae can swim freely in the bloodstream, possibly in large numbers, and it is the microfilariae that can spread to other dogs through a mosquito. The microfilariae are killed by the heartworm prevention medication (Heartgard) to keep the dog from spreading the infection. There are a few other stages of larvae before it matures to the adult stage.

The L5 larvae and adult worms live inside the heart and pulmonary arteries. This group requires the arsenic compounds for destruction while the other two groups can be killed with less toxic products.

The important concept to realize is that harsh arsenic-based drugs are necessary to kill adult heartworms and that treating for heartworm infection is neither simple nor safe in itself. It is much easier, cheaper and safer for your pet to prevent heartworm infections versus treating the adult stage of heartworm disease. 

At Broadway Veterinary Hospital, we require a heartworm test before starting heartworm prevention. If you keep your pet continuously on heartworm prevention all year round, then you only need to retest every other year. 

If you just give heartworm prevention seasonally, then you must test before starting the prevention every year. April and May are 50% OFF heartworm test month! The only other requirement for refilling your heartworm prevention is an annual exam for your pet.
Dog

Spay or Neuter Your Pet at 6 months of Age

The principal benefit of spaying female dogs and cats is the prevention of mammary cancer. A dog spayed before her first heat will have a near zero chance of developing mammary cancer later in life. After the first heat, this incidence climbs up to 7 percent, and after the second heat, the risk approaches 25 percent. Statistics are similar in cats.

The major health benefits involved in neutering a dog involve the prostate gland. As dogs age, the prostate will gradually enlarge. This is known as benign prostate hyperplasia or BPH. The prostate under the influence of testosterone is also predisposed to infection.

This is an extremely painful and sometimes life-threatening condition which is not likely to resolve without neutering and often invasive surgery. 

Other medical conditions that are prevented include testicular cancer along with certain types of hernias and perianal tumors. The effects of neutering male cats are more behavioral and are listed below.

There are no concrete facts when it comes to the behavioral changes seen in spayed and neutered dogs and cats. Neutering male dogs and cats can reduce urine marking in your house, aggression towards other dogs, and territorial aggression. It is important to realize that these behaviors can become a habit and continue after neutering.

Many experts say that once a pet is older than 1 year of age and still intact, undesirable behaviors are more likely to become permanent even if they are neutered at that time. The most dangerous behavior seen in intact males is roaming, running away to look for a mate because it leads to animals running away as well as car accidents.
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Protect Your Pets Against Fleas and Ticks

We recommend monthly prevention of fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks can carry disease onto your pet and into your family's home.

Protect your pet by giving Bravecto to your dogs over 6 months old every 3 months, Frontline monthly to your cats and Nexgard monthly to your puppy under 6 months old. Annual exams are required for prescription medications.
Caring Veterinarians

Protect Your Pets Against Zoonotic Disease

We recommend yearly fecal testing. 25% of fecal testing at Broadway Veterinary Hospital is positive for worms or Giardia! That's 1 out of 4 pets! Some of these worms can be transmitted to immunocompromised humans (like children and elderly people). Bring in a fresh stool sample for testing and we can have the results back the next day!

Brush Your Pet's Teeth

Brush your pet's teeth once daily or plan on getting a dental cleaning procedure done on your pet once a year. We also have alternative options like dental chews and dental diet food that can help plaque buildup from forming if you’re unable to brush your pet daily. Imagine if you didn't brush your teeth for an entire year.

Your teeth would be in a bad shape. Dental disease can really affect your pet's organs like the heart, liver and kidneys. If you’re interested in getting a teeth cleaning procedure done, we offer FREE dental estimate appointments. You can get a dental cleaning estimate especially made just for your pet. Call us today to schedule at 208-344-5592!

Get Pet Insurance for Your Pet

Pet insurance is very helpful when your pet gets sick or injured. There are even wellness plans available as well. Most insurance companies offer 80% reimbursement of your vet bills. Click the link below to go to Pets Best Insurance for a quote.

Feed Your Pet a Healthy Diet

Cats and dogs need to have a balanced diet. We recommend Purina Pro Plan for healthy dogs and cats. There are special diets for dogs and cats with medical problems that your vet can prescribe.

We offer a home delivery system where your pet food can be mailed right to your house. Click the VetDirect link below for more information. If required, use Clinic ID: QIDMC.
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