At East Hill Veterinary Clinic, we offer a full range of services
Dr Chana and our entire staff focus on preventative medicine. What does that mean? It means it lets us care for your animals in a way that allows us to catch illness before it occurs. Let us be proactive in preventing common ailments. Simple things like following a routine vaccine, flea/tick control and heartworm control program you can prolong the life of your pet and make their life much more comfortable.
Annual physical exams allow Dr Chana the opportunity to catch dental disease, heart disease, skin problems, the warning signs of diabetes and countless other medical problems before they become life threatening. Many pets will be just fine until they just aren’t. By having Dr Chana examine them each year we have the chance to detect the signals of disease that may not be obvious.
At East Hill Veterinary Clinic we offer:
- Canine Vaccines: Rabies, DaPP, Leptospirosis, Lyme, Rattlesnake, Bordatella and H3N8 (Canine Influenza).
- Feline Vaccines: FVRCPC, FVRCP, Purevax Rabies, Purevax FeLV, Rattlesnake.
- Feline Leukemia and FIV testing
- Heartworm and tick born disease (Erhlicia/Anaplasmosis/Lyme) testing
- Feline and Canine Spay and Neuter
- Feline and Canine dental cleaning, scaling, polishing, tooth extraction
- Radiographs (X-rays)
- Basic Ultrasound
- In House laboratory
- Surgery (most types excluding complex orthopedic repair or neurosurgery)
- Medical boarding
- Medical and surgical management of acute disease
- Medical and surgical management of chronic disease
- Education (as much as you can stand)
Our hospital only uses non-adjuvanted vaccines. An adjuvant is added to a vaccine to stimulate the immune system to react to the vaccine and thus increase the effectiveness of the vaccine (i.e. to make antibodies to protect your cat in the future). Unfortunately, many of the adjuvanted vaccines have come under scrutiny and may be causing a certain type of cancer (fibrosarcoma) in cats. Even though this vaccine-related fibrosarcoma is rare (about 1 in 10,000 cats), it is an aggressive tumor that is difficult to treat. Why take the risk? Our hospital does not use any adjuvanted vaccines for this reason. We strictly follow the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Vaccine Guidelines. The AAFP recommends core vaccines (rabies vaccine, FVRCP vaccine) to all cats. The AAFP recommends the non-core feline leukemia vaccine only to at risk cats (i.e. cats that spend any time outside, cats that interact with indoor/outdoor cats). Please visit their website for more information: www.catvets.com
Our hospital uses the annual Merial PUREVAX® feline rabies vaccine to protect cats against the rabies virus. Unlike the 3 year adjuvanted rabies vaccine, this vaccine is non-adjuvanted and is currently the safest vaccine available. This vaccine is required for all cats.
Rabies virus is a fatal infection typically transmitted through bite wounds, open cuts in the skin or onto mucous membranes (i.e. saliva). There are two forms of rabies: (1) a “furious” or “mad” form and (2) a “paralytic” or “dumb” form. Most people are familiar with the first form and clinical signs may include aggressive behavior, sudden change in behavior, attacking, biting, excitation, sensitivity to light, irritability or seizures. The second form may present with signs such as weakness, paralysis, depression, lethargy or anorexia. There is no treatment available once your cat is affected with the rabies virus and clinical signs are apparent.
This virus has very real and serious human and pet implications.
Some cat owners are under the impression that indoor only cats do not need to be vaccinated against rabies. ALL cats, including indoor only cats, are required to be vaccinated against rabies. Some points of interest include: (1) There is a small, real potential for rabies to enter your household. Wildlife such as bats or rodents may bring the virus into your household and expose your cat to the rabies virus. (2) There is a legal liability should an unvaccinated animal bite or scratch a person. (3) Rabies is a fatal disease for both humans and pets.
FVRCP (Distemper) Vaccine
Our hospital uses the Merial PUREVAX® feline FVRCP vaccine to protect cats against three viruses: feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus and feline panleukopenia. The initial kitten series includes vaccine administration every 3-4 weeks with the last vaccine administered after 16 weeks of age. This booster vaccine is administered at 1 year of age and then every 3 years. This vaccine is required for all cats.
You may have seen this virus referred to as FHV-1 or Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVRCP). All cats are susceptible to an infection, particularly young kittens and immunocompromised cats. This virus can be very contagious and easily passed from one cat to another cat. It is transmitted by direct cat-to-cat contact, through sneezing over short distances or from environmental contamination. This virus is known to become latent in some cats hiding in the nerves of the head. These carrier cats may have long term infections that come out in times of stress or with treatment that suppresses the immune system. Common clinical signs are associated with upper respiratory infection signs such as sneezing, eye discharge and nose discharge (similar to the common cold in humans).
You may have seen this virus referred to as FCV (FVRCP). All cats are susceptible to an infection, particularly young kittens and immunocompromised cats. This virus can be very contagious and easily passed from one cat to another cat. It is transmitted by direct cat-to-cat contact, through sneezing over short distances or from environmental contamination. Common clinical signs associated with this virus include respiratory signs (sneezing, eye discharge, nose discharge), oral signs (ulcers in the mouth) and signs of the joints (lameness, stiffness). Recent outbreaks of a new, fast-acting, severe strain of calicivirus (VS-FCV) have been occurring and are associated with a high mortality rate.
You may have seen this virus referred to as FPV or feline distemper (FVRCP). This parvovirus attacks rapidly dividing cells in the body (intestine, bone marrow, brain) and can potentially cause very severe disease including death. When the virus attacks the bone marrow, the body cannot produce white blood cells to fight infections. When all the white blood cells are low, this condition is termed panleukopenia (pan = all, leuko = white or white blood cell, enia = low). Hence then name feline panleukopenia. Clinical signs may include severe diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, fever, lethargy and anorexia. The immune system is often compromised and secondary infections may occur. This virus can be very contagious and is typically transmitted by the fecal-oral route but may be transmitted through any body secretions (i.e. urine, saliva, mucus, vomit). This virus is very resistant in the environment and may survive for over a year.
FeLV (Feline Leukemia) Vaccine
Our hospital uses the annual, non-adjuvanted Merial PUREVAX® FeLV vaccine to protect cats against the feline leukemia virus. Unlike traditional vaccines that are administered under the skin with a needle, this vaccine is administered with the Vet Jet transdermal system directly into the skin. Recently, the AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners) has recommended vaccinating all kittens against FeLV in their first year of life. After the initial kitten series (2 vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart), this vaccine is only administered to cats that spend any amount of time outdoors or are exposed to FeLV positive cats. A FeLV test is strongly recommended prior to vaccination.
Feline leukemia is one of the major causes of illness and death in cats. The feline leukemia virus is typically transmitted through saliva or nose secretions associated with mutual grooming, sharing food or water dishes, or biting. This virus has been known to remain latent in the bone marrow making diagnosis difficult. Most cats infected with FeLV will not survive to the age of 2-3. Clinical signs associated with a viral infection are not specific and may include immune-mediated diseases, tumors, bone marrow disorders (i.e. anemia or a low number of red blood cells, decreased production of white blood cells, decreased production of platelets), and secondary infections.
We use VANGUARD® vaccines. Protecting your dog from a disease is better than treating a disease once it occurs. That is why many veterinarians and dog owners rely on vaccines.They work so well that some dog diseases are rarely seen anymore. This is because most dogs have developed protection by receiving the right vaccine for the right disease at the right time.
Vanguard® vaccines help protect your dog against these common diseases:
Distemper: Distemper is widespread and most dogs will come in contact with the virus sometime during their lives. The distemper virus spreads easily from dog to dog, and is often fatal in poorly vaccinated dogs.The signs include diarrhea, fever, runny nose and eyes and coughing. Other signs are loss of appetite, nervous conditions such as convulsions, and death.
Parvovirus: Parvovirus can cause stomach and intestinal disease. Infected dogs may have diarrhea (often with blood in it), vomiting, and reduced activity. Other signs can be loss of appetite, severe depression and death (especially in puppies). Parvovirus infection is often fatal when left untreated. Dogs with parvovirus disease who are treated are usually in the hospital for a long time.These viruses spread from dog to dog very easily and are all over the environment.This means that your dog can get sick without ever coming in direct contact with a sick dog but by being somewhere that a sick dog had been.
Infectious canine hepatitis (ICH): This disease is caused by canine adenovirus. ICH is a worldwide disease of dogs that affects the liver, kidneys, and lungs. Signs include fever, bleeding, and death. Canine adenovirus is spread from dog to dog through contact and can be spread indirectly through the environment.
Parainfluenza: Parainfluenza is one of the common causes of upper respiratory tract disease in dogs. Signs include a deep cough that suddenly appears and may last for weeks.This cough will often occur when your dog is excited or active. In rare cases, your dog can come down with pneumonia. This virus can spread through the air and is easily passed from dog to dog, when dogs interact—at dog parks, boarding, grooming, and doggy day care.
Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that affects the kidneys and the liver. Signs include fever, loss of appetite, and pain throughout the body. Other signs are loss of activity, depression, and death. These bacteria are spread through the environment by both wild and domestic animals.These bacteria usually live in wet areas such as ponds, puddles and slow-moving streams. People can get leptospirosis too.