Expert Pet Care in West Hollywood, CA
Veterinarians and responsible pet parents know that preventative care goes a long way to ensure the health and safety of our pets. While Dr. Paul Girgis and his staff at Hollywood Cat and Dog Hospital in West Hollywood, CA offer regularly scheduled appointments and urgent care six days a week, we advise pet parents that preventing diseases and catastrophes before any symptoms begin is the easiest route to a happy ending for canines and felines as well as their loving families.
When your pets wander around their yards, go for walks with you, or even dart out the door by accident, they can easily come in contact with bacteria, viruses, and other vectors which transmit disease. Rabies, parvovirus, leukemia, and distemper can reach your pet all too easily from wild animals and other sources. Some infections are even airborne. Fortunately, our animal clinic in West Hollywood will gladly recommend a convenient vaccination package and yearly schedule to keep your pet safe from deadly diseases with a simple series of shots.
If your pets spend time outside or get out of the house by accident, they are also at risk of wandering off, being led away from home by curiosity, and potentially getting lost. Our veterinarian can insert a microchip of coded information that will inform any shelter or rescue of your pet’s identity and your contact information so you can bring them safely home.
How Our Veterinarian Can Help: Vaccinations and Microchipping
A vaccination prepares the body to fight off infection by stimulating production of antibodies to specifically interact with certain diseases. Our veterinarian may deliver the shots in your pet’s leg, either subcutaneously or into the muscle. Any discomfort is mild and very brief. Many inoculations only require one shot, but some need a follow-up booster to safely complete the process within the immune system.
The insertion process of a microchip is similar to giving a shot, using a small blade almost like a syringe to inject it under the skin between your pet’s shoulders. This process is quick and comfortable yet will protect your pet for a lifetime. Lost cats with microchips are 20 times more likely to be returned to their homes than those without microchips.
West Hollywood’s premier animal clinic, Hollywood Cat and Dog Hospital, is happy to help with these simple methods of disaster prevention. Make an appointment with us today!