Pet Health

Cayuga Veterinary Services provides the highest quality, complete pet wellness care for dogs and cats of all ages. Your pet’s health and quality and longevity of life is the focus of our preventative care protocols.

Pet Nutrition

Pet nutrition directly impacts all aspects of your pet’s health including, energy level and body condition.  We have a variety of wellness and prescription diets available to customize your pet’s nutritional needs.  This includes the correct balance of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and fat.  We will answer questions you may have regarding your pet’s nutrition based on your pet’s wellness exam.

Heartworm Disease and Prevention

Heartworm disease is caused by a blood-borne parasite that is transmitted to dogs and cats by infected mosquitoes.  The adult parasites damage the blood vessels and reduce the ability of your pet’s heart to pump effectively and sufficiently.  Many times the resulting damage is irreversible.  We recommend your pet start a monthly heartworm preventative as early as 8 weeks old to maximize the protection for your pet.  

Tick Control and Prevention

We live in a tick endemic area so it is extremely important to be diligent about tick control and prevention.  Veterinary Parasitologists are reporting that tick populations are increasing and spreading into places that they have not been seen before.  Ticks can survive through the winter so year round prevention is the best for your dog and cat.  Not only is the tick bite a nuisance but ticks can transmit a number of infectious diseases such as Lyme, Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis. 

Protect yourself and your pets from tick-borne diseases with the following measures:

  • Provide all your pets with lifetime, year-round parasite control.  Just because your dog or cat stays mainly indoors does not mean that they are not at risk.

  • Apply tick-prevention products on a regular schedule. It's no longer effective to try to time parasite control to start in spring and stop after the second killing frost. 

  • Check your dog or cat for ticks anytime they have been outdoors. Keep a tick-removal device on hand and know how to use it.

  • Make your yard less welcoming to ticks by removing leaf litter, mowing the lawn frequently, keeping landscaping free of tall grass and brush, and fencing your yard to prevent incursions by deer and other animals that carry ticks. A three-foot swathe of wood chips or gravel between your lawn and wooded areas won't keep ticks away, but it does serve as a visual reminder that you are entering the tick zone.

  • Use insect repellent on yourself and wear protective clothing.

  • After a hike or other outdoor excursion to tick-friendly wooded areas with tall grass, give yourself and your pets a cursory examination for ticks, so you don't bring them home.

Please contact us if you cannot remove a tick from your pet.  Prompt removal of a tick is important to minimize the spread of disease.

Flea Control and Prevention

We recommend your pet begin flea preventative as early as 8 weeks old as flea infestations are difficult to treat but easy to prevent.  Fleas can cause a variety of problems for your pet including skin disease, allergic reactions, anemia, and a variety of diseases carried by fleas can be transmitted to your pet.  Even if your cat or dog stays mainly indoors, fleas can jump into your house through open doors, low windows, or tag along on you into the home.

Intestinal Parasite Screening

Our fecal test recommendations follow the Companion Animal Parasite Council guidelines of intestinal parasite screening (fecal test) every six months. In some cases parasites can be transmitted from pet to owner creating a health risk.  This is especially the case in children, immunocompromised individuals, and the elderly.  Parasites are easily transmitted to your pet through fecal matter and residual debris found on sidewalks, parks, and even your backyard.

Pet Microchips

Cayuga Veterinary Services offers microchipping services for your pet.  The procedure injects a tiny microchip under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades.  You pet’s unique microchip number is linked to your personal contact information, which is stored in an international database for easy retrieval by veterinarians and animal control agencies worldwide.  Should your pet be lost and recovered you will be contacted and will be reunited quickly.  This procedure does not require anesthesia but we recommend that it is performed at the time of spay or neuter for convenience.