San Francisco Vets: Pet Vaccines for Your Dog or Cat
Pet vaccines for your dog or cat are an essential aspect of any preventative pet health medicine program.
Vaccines for pets in San Francisco have proved to be an invaluable tool in protecting our pets from fatal diseases, but that does not mean some thought shouldn’t be given to how they are administered. Ocean Avenue Veterinary Hospital tailors its vaccination protocol to guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the lifestyle of your pet, as well as the diseases he or she is most likely to be exposed to. During your kitten or puppy’s first year of life we also spread out the series of vaccines in order not to put too much strain on his or her developing immune system.
We, at Ocean Avenue Veterinary Hospital serving the San Francisco area, believe our pet vaccine protocol offers the best protection from disease as well as to reduce the possibility that your pet will have an adverse reaction to a vaccine.
San Francisco Pet Microchipping/Lost Pet ID Services
Dogs and cats often will run off for an hour or so to explore the world and then find their way home for food and warmth. However, what would you do if your pet failed to come home? How would someone find you if your pet loses his or her tag, it is unreadable, or you are traveling?
It is unfortunate, but according to statistics on lost pets compiled by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, less than two percent of cats and 15 to 20 percent of dogs that become lost are returned to their owner.
To help prevent this tragedy from happening to our clients, the Ocean Avenue Veterinary Hospital recommends that all pets should receive a lost pet microchip ID through our San Francisco pet microchipping service. About the size of a grain of rice, the dog/cat microchip is painlessly injected into the skin of your pet, generally between the shoulder blades. The microchip –administered by our San Francisco pet microchipping veterinary office– contains a unique identification number that is linked to a database with important information about your pet, which includes your contact information.
A microchip lost pet ID is permanent and all pets brought into an animal hospital or humane shelter are routinely scanned for a microchip and that information is used to quickly reunite them with their owner.
Ocean Avenue Veterinary Hospital uses the HomeAgain pet microchip system. HomeAgain provides a number of very useful services to pet owners such as their National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets, and more.
Our San Francisco Veterinary Hospital and Pet Nutrition
One of the ley factors that have extended the life span of companion animals as well as improved health and vitality throughout their lives is our growing knowledge of the role of proper pet nutrition. During your pet’s wellness exam at our San Francisco office, your veterinarian will evaluate your pet’s body condition and provide nutritional recommendations based on what they see.
However, for some pets with nutritional issues or chronic diseases such as diabetes, they may require a bit more intervention. This can include specialized foods, feeding strategies, and even prescription pet nutrition diets. Your Ocean Avenue veterinarian in San Francisco can also provide advice and information about pet health diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, and other conditions.
Ocean Avenue Veterinary Hospital, your go-to for pet nutritional health in the San Francisco Bay Area also stocks a number of prescription diets that are specialized to each patient’s stage of life, nutritional requirements or medical needs. Primarily, we carry Hill’s and Royal Canin, but we can also order a number of nutritional pet health products to better meet your pet’s health needs.
Veterinary Pain Management for Your San Francisco Pet
Whether your pet is recovering from surgery or experiences chronic pain, a San Francisco Bay Area vet pain management plan can help your best friend enjoy increased quality of life. We offer pet veterinary pain management plans for a variety of situations, including:
- General surgery and post-op healing
- Orthopedic and neurological pain
- Arthritis pain
- Ear infections
- Hospice/end of life care