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Tick and Fleas: My Dog Only Lives Inside My Condo – Why Does He Has Fleas?

Tick and FleasTicks and fleas: It’s a battle out there.

Any stray animal may have them.

No matter how you clean your dog and house, the moment you step out, it’s a battle.

Any stray animal may have them and it’s not like you can inspect every pet you meet in the park, right?

The main problem about ticks and fleas is that they are everywhere!

Yes, they are everywhere, including inside your condo.

My Dog Lives Inside My Condo – Why Does He Has Fleas?

You may be on the 25th floor of a high-end condo, well-maintained and immaculately clean, yet fleas and ticks can still come and live with you.

In my previous article on Apartment Living Dogs: Do They Need Anti-Fleas and Ticks Treatment?, I shared several not so obvious reasons why your pet has fleas.

Here’s are some of the reasons:

  1. We are social beings and we like to interact with others. At home, we have  visitors, who can be carriers of fleas and ticks.

READ THIS:  Anyone coming into your home could be a carrier of fleas and ticks

… and this includes YOU!

You go to work, jog around the neighborhood, go to the gym, do your grocery shopping, go out of town, go hiking, etc.  Fleas can hide themselves in your pants leg, socks, shoes, shopping bags etc.

  1. The world outside your condo is a breeding ground of fleas and ticks.  Once outside, your pet is exposed to the opportunity for fleas and ticks to hop aboard.

Even a quick visit to your Veterinarian, an overnight stay for pet boarding, or trip to the groomer.

Your pet is never safe.  

This is another reason why you should only partner with Registered Vets who follow strict rules on cleanliness and preventive maintenance in his or her office

These are just 2 of the reasons that I mentioned in my article: Apartment Living Dogs: Do They Need Anti-Fleas and Ticks Treatment?

If you want to know how to eradicate fleas and ticks in your home, you have to know first how you get them, what are the possible sources, so you can beat them in their game!

Go check out my post:  Apartment Living Dogs: Do They Need Anti-Fleas and Ticks Treatment?

 

Enjoy peace of mind,

Dr. Sixto Carlos, DVM, MS
Pet Happiness Expert
Makati Dog and Cat Hospital
Serving Pet Parents near Mandaluyong, Makati, and BGC

“The St. Luke’s of Pet Hospitals” – from a Happy Client

P.S.  Fleas and ticks are hard to eradicate and can spread fast. If you are seeing ticks on your curtains and bed sheets, it’s time to seek help.

Call Ms. Mylez at 896-2860.  Set an appointment and together we’ll map out a plan that includes treatment and prevention.

Call 896-2860 NOW

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Cat Vaccination: What You Need To Know

cat vaccinationOne time, a friend of mine came up to me and said, ‘Doc, I’m a bit confused on what to choose, a cat or a dog?’

‘Well, you can take care of both.’

‘But I only want to focus on one for now.’

‘Then you have to decide on your own. Taking care of a pet is a personal choice. You do your research, learn from it and decide from there’

After a few months, I met the friend again and he told me that he got a cat.

‘Doc, I decided to get a cat.’

‘Good.’

‘I realized cats are low maintenance and do not need a bunch of vaccinations like dogs do.’

‘Ah, that’s where you are wrong.’

‘Huh? Do cats require vaccination?’

‘Of course!’

One of the misconceptions of raising a cat is that cats do not need vaccination.

It seems that just because cats seem to be able to care for themselves better than dogs, does not mean they do not need to visit the vet at all. (Nine lives, you know?)

But cats like dogs, have their own vaccination schedule to follow.

Before I discuss with you the cat vaccination schedule, let me tell you about cat vaccination.

Cat vaccination includes core and non-core vaccines.

As previously learned in dog vaccination, core vaccines are those that are recommended by veterinarians and every cat should be given.

For cats, the following are the core vaccines:

> Rabies
> Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV)
> Feline Herpesvirus (FHV)
> Feline Calicivirus (FCV)

Cat Vaccination Philippines: Rabies Virus

One of the most common and most important vaccine for your cat is the Rabies Vaccine. This is because the rabies virus can infect human beings and may cause death.

Cat Vaccination Philippines: Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV)

Feline Panleukopenia Virus causes Feline Distemper. When FPV attacks a cat, the white blood cells of the cat decreases. This means that the immune system of the cat is compromised and cannot defend itself from diseases. Feline Distemper can spread to other pets through direct contact.

Symptoms of Feline Distemper includes dehydration, bloody diarrhea, vomiting, fever and seizures. Infected cats, if untreated has a slim chance of surviving.

Cat Vaccination Philippines: Feline Herpesvirus (FHV)

Feline Herpesvirus or FHV causes Feline Rhinotracheitis. This is an upper respiratory infection of the cat’s nose and throat. Though cats of all ages are susceptible to this virus, kittens have a higher risk of getting infected.

As this affects the respiratory system of the cat, symptoms include uncontrollable sneezing and pneumonia. Other symptoms include discharges from the eyes and nose, fever, loss of appetite, conjunctivitis and malaise. This condition can be spread to other cats through direct contact.

Cat Vaccination Philippines: Feline Calicivirus (FCV)

Feline Calicivirus is also a common respiratory disease in cats. The Feline Calicivirus has the same symptoms of the Feline Herpesvirus. FCV, however, includes symptoms of inflammation of joints and ulcers on tongue, hard palate, tip of nose, lips or around claws.

Sometimes, both the FHV and FCV can infect a cat at the same time. This disease can be spread from one infected cat to another cat through direct contact. You should also know that the FCV is resistant to disinfectants and your unvaccinated cat can be at risk in any environment to contact the disease.

So these are the four core vaccines for your cat that you should be aware of. This vaccine is necessary to keep your cats protected from common feline viruses.

Cat Vaccination Philippines: Chlamydiosis

A non-core vaccine that is recommended for cats as well is for protection against the Chlamydia psittaci virus. Chlamydiosis is a bacterial disease that causes sneezing, coughing, conjunctivitis, runny nose, and watery eyes. This disease can be transferred from one cat to another through direct contact.

You can ask your veterinarian to learn more about cat vaccination on your next visit.

 

Enjoy peace of mind,

 

Dr. Sixto Carlos, DVM, MS
Pet Happiness Expert
Makati Dog and Cat Hospital
Serving Pet Parents near Mandaluyong, Makati, and BGC

“The St. Luke’s of Pet Hospitals” – from a Happy Client

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Apartment Living Dogs: Do They Need Anti-Fleas and Ticks Treatment?

Apartment Living Dogs: Do They Need Anti-Fleas and Ticks Treatment?

We understand how you feel.

You arrive from work and you see Truffles scratching and itching nonstop.

Oh no! Could this be the worst nightmare of all pet parents? But how can this be? Truffles rarely go outside, she is always inside your apartment!

Which leads you to the question …

Apartment living dogs: do they get fleas and ticks?

Which leads you to the NEXT question …

We have apartment living dogs, HOW can they get fleas and ticks?

You will be surprised at the possible sources:

  1. Human Visitors

… and this includes you!  You and your human visitors can be carriers of fleas and ticks. Anyone coming into your home could be a carrier of fleas. They can be brought in from the your visitors’ own home or pet without their knowledge.

Fleas can hide themselves in your visitors’ pants leg, socks, shoes, shopping bags etc.

Ticks can attach themselves to any part of the body, including the groin, under the arms, inside the ear, in the hair, inside the belly button, and behind the knee.

  1. Outside your apartment home

Anytime your pet goes out into the world — even if it is only:

  • A short walk around the street
  • A play date at the local dog park
  • A visit to the veterinarian
  • An overnight stay for pet boarding
  • A trip to the groomer
  • A ride in the car and other

… your pet is being exposed to the opportunity for fleas and ticks to hop aboard.

  1. You brought home furniture with fleas

If you are a fan of vintage furniture or pre-loved home furnishings, you may have unwittingly carried flea eggs into your home.

You think that you luckily scored a home item, a coat, or a bag at a very low price from your neighbor’s Garage Sale? Double-check that carpet or curtain that you bought from a Garage Sale a few weeks ago.  These may have hidden pests clinging on them!

TIP:  Vacuum that carpet or curtain or sofa repeatedly. Eggs can stay dormant in the environment for months until the right conditions are met for hatching, so keeping things cleaned up will be beneficial.

  1. Previous apartment tenant had pets with fleas!

When you moved in to your apartment, ticks are already there!  

These ticks already have their eggs in different parts of the your apartment. They typically lay their eggs near baseboards, windows and doors, furniture, edges of rugs, and curtains.

Now that we know that apartment-living dogs can get fleas and ticks, you now have the answer to the very first question:

Apartment Living Dogs: Do They Need Anti-Fleas and Ticks Treatment?

YES!

If you currently have apartment living dogs with fleas and ticks, send me a message in FB and I’ll share the latest anti fleas and ticks treatment that Vets are excited about!

It’s not yet on the market and you’ll be the first to know!

Send me this message in the FB of Makati Dog and Cat Hospital :  latest anti fleas and ticks treatment that Vets are excited about?

 

Enjoy peace of mind,

Dr. Sixto Carlos, DVM, MS
Pet Happiness Expert
Makati Dog and Cat Hospital
Serving Pet Parents near Mandaluyong, Makati, and BGC

“The St. Luke’s of Pet Hospitals” – from a Happy Client

Pet Vaccine Cost

Pet Vaccine Cost: How sure are you on the quality of your pet vaccines?

Pet Vaccine Cost: How sure are you on the quality of your pet vaccines?

When they come to my office, I can spot first time pet owners a mile away.  

They you have blingy pet accessories and bags, from cutest pet costumes, most comfy pet bed, best pet shampoo  … often forgetting the most important thing on their pet’s health:  Pet vaccination

When you remind them on this, they’ll ask you: “Doc, meron po bang mas murang bakuna?”

In online forums, I read this question:

Mga sir magkano po ba ang magpavaccine? (5n1,6n1,&8n1) (deworm)

Pwede po ba na ako nlng ang magvaccine?

Saan po ba nakakabili ng mga vaccine?

Kasi dito po sa amin in Las Pinas and singil sa akin ng vaccine is 600 pesos sa 5n1, tapos sa deworm 300 naman.

Beginner lang po kasi ako, that’s why I ask many questions

I don’t have anything against loving first time pet owners, my mandate is clear: I’m here to support RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS.

Now, if there’s only ONE message that you will get from article, I hope it is this:

Cost of prevention is lower than cost of treatment

An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure

Let me break this down for you …

Pet Vaccine Cost: Prevention vs. Cure

Prevention

Cost of anti rabies vaccination: P395

Note: in some barangays it’s FREE when they have anti rabies campaign

Treatment for Humans only [PGH rate]

a. If you have previous vaccinations:

anti rabies shot: P500

Booster: P250

Subtotal: P750 [these will be given to you 2 times]

Total: P1,500

b. If you do not have previous vaccinations:

Tests required by doctors: P3,500

3 anti rabies shots: P500 each for a total of P1,500

Total: P5,000

The same is true if your pet tested positive for heartworm.  Check out this article where I have some estimates on cost of heartworm prevention vs. cost for cure of heartworm

Now, are you now seriously considering prevention for your fur baby?

Pet Vaccine Cost: 2 Crucial Things You Need To Know On Quality Vaccines and Prevention

After weighing all the costs on prevention vs. cure, you are ready to call for an appointment to your trusted Vet.

But wait!  There’s 2 more crucial things that you should know!

Here are 2 more things that you should remember:

  1. Prevention works best if you partner with a licensed Vet.  This is true for 3 reasons:

Your licensed Vet has access to quality vaccines.  Manufacturers of rabies and 5in1 vaccines and others deal only with Licensed Vets

Your licensed Vet knows the correct dosage and right schedule to give the vaccines, which depends on the age of your puppy.

With your licensed Vet, you are assured of proper storage and handling of vaccines

  1.  Prevention will work for you if you use only quality vaccines.  I cannot emphasize this enough: Go for quality manufacturers of pet vaccines.

Read this post to check if your pets are receiving quality vaccines from these reputable companies  

Again, if there’s only ONE message that you will get from article, I hope it is this:

Cost of prevention is lower than cost of treatment

As pet parents, you should compare costs of vaccines.  

As you compare pet vaccine costs, make sure your favorite Vet is registered or licensed just to make sure your fur baby gets quality vaccines.

Forward this article to a fellow pet lover and they’ll thank you for this!

Enjoy peace of mind while caring for your dogs and cats,

 

Dr. Sixto Carlos, DVM, MS
Pet Happiness Expert
Makati Dog and Cat Hospital

Serving Pet Parents near Mandaluyong, Makati, and BGC

“The St. Luke’s of Pet Hospitals” – from a Happy Client

P.S.  Don’t have time to visit a Licensed Vet?

Why not let the Licensed Vet come to your pet?

Call 896-2860 / 896-6386 and schedule a Vet Home service for your fur baby!  She can have her 5-in-1 vaccine at the comfort of your home … and you’ll avoid the horrible traffic in EDSA!

Call896-2860 / 896-6386 and let the Licensed Vet come to you 🙂

 

References:  http://qarroyo.blogspot.com/2016/01/availability-of-cheap-anti-rabies-shots.html

https://pps.org.ph/animal-bites/

 

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Expired Pet Vaccination Philippines: How Long Do Puppy Vaccines Really Last?

Expired Pet Vaccination In The Philippines: How Long Do Puppy Vaccines Really Last?

Were you able to read Part 1 of my post on pet vaccines in the Philippines that are expired?

Here’s that eye-opening article on expired pet vaccines in the Philippines

From that first article, you probably know by now that #WalangForeverSaVaccines.

Yes, after your pet’s initial vaccination, you still need to be mindful on the schedule of his re-vaccination …

… simply because #WalangForeverSaVaccines.

expired pet vaccination philippines

Expired Pet Vaccination In The Philippines: How Long Do Puppy Vaccines Really Last?

Vaccines given to your pet dogs and cats have a period of effectivity.

Once that period lapses, you need to have them re-vaccinated to keep them protected.

On his or her first year, your puppy will be receiving:

a. 5-in-1 vaccine

– recommended to puppies 6 weeks old or when your puppy is 1 month and a half in age.

– after his 1st vaccine, he will get 3 more shots every 3 weeks

b. Rabies vaccine

– recommended to puppies 4 months old.  By this time, he has already completed his 5-in1-vaccine

c. Bordatella vaccine

– recommended for puppies 4 months old and a half.  This is after his rabies vaccine

– after 2 weeks of getting his 1st vaccine, he will get his 2nd shot

After completing the core vaccines above, licensed Vets recommend that your pet dog will receive his core vaccines yearly.

For a complete schedule of vaccines for your puppy and the re-vaccination schedule, you can check out this post on Pet Vaccination Schedule: When Is The Recommended Vaccinations Given?  

Yearly visits to your Vet will include re-vaccination and annual check up.  This will ensure that you will have a long and happy relationship with your pet dogs and cats.

Now, you ask:  

“Doc Sixto, what are the chances that my pet dog will not be infected with diseases such as Distemper, Parvo, Hepatitis, and ParaInfluenza after completing his 5-in-1 vaccine shots?”

My Short Answer:

A lot of factors must be taken into consideration.  To keep it short and simple, you should consider 2 major factors:

  • Partner only with a Registered Vet for he would advise you on the best protective care via vaccines
  • Use quality vaccines.  Registered Vets have access to quality vaccines and they can recommend the best brands  that they are using for their practice.

Know what?  I promise to write a long answer to your question!  

Watch out for my next post.  I’ll share severals ways that we Vets consider when choosing the best brands of vaccines in the market to ensure that your pets are protected continuously!

Meantime, if you have questions about vaccination for your pet, send me a message in Makati Dog and Cat Hospital Facebook Page.

 

Enjoy peace of mind,

Dr. Sixto Carlos, DVM
Pet Happiness Expert
Makati Dog and Cat Hospital

Serving Pet Parents near Mandaluyong, Makati, and BGC

 

“The St. Luke’s of Pet Hospitals” – from a Happy Client

 

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 Expired Pet Vaccines Philippines: What You Need To Know – Part 1

Expired Pet Vaccines Philippines: What do you know about them?

Let’s talk about hashtags and expired pet vaccines in the Philippines!

If there’s one hashtag that you need to remember with regard to your pet, it’s this:

#WalangForeverSaVaccines

Yes, pet vaccines expire in the Philippines and worldwide.  

I had to emphasize that kasi I have a janitor who once told me:  “Doc Sixto, sabi ng Lolo ko mas matagal daw ma-expire ang vitamins na galing sa America!”

Just like any medicines or vitamins, they do expire. Pet vaccines expire, regardless, if you bought them in the Philippines or abroad!

expired pet vaccines philippines

Expired Pet Vaccines Philippines Fact #1

Pet Vaccines have a shelf life.  You will find this at the back of the vial, where the expiry date is indicated.

Most reliable companies who manufacture pet vaccines indicate the shelf life of their products.

These reliable companies distribute their pet vaccines through licensed vaccines ONLY.  So if you got your pet vaccines through other sources, and NOT from licensed Vets, you have been warned.

Licensed Vets are governed by laws not to give expired vaccines.  This way, you and your pets are protected.

Expired Pet Vaccines Philippines Fact #2

“Doc Sixto, pwede pa ba ang vaccines kahit 2 months ng expired, basta di pa nabuksan?”

Licensed Vets strictly follow the rules so you’ll enjoy peace of mind while caring for your pet dogs and cats.

Your trusted Vet will never give expired vaccine shots for the following reasons:

  • It will endanger the life of your pet
  • It will endanger his Vet practice forever!
  • He will lose you as his client forever once you know or you suspect that he is doing something unusual!

For a Vet, it’s a huge risk for us to not follow the rules.  After all, our continuing practice relies heavily on the trust of pet owners like you.

Keep in mind:  #WalangForeverSaVaccines

Make sure you partner only with a Licensed Vet when caring for your pet dogs and cats!

 

Enjoy peace of mind,

Dr. Sixto Carlos, DVM
Pet Happiness Expert
Makati Dog and Cat Hospital

Serving Pet Parents near Mandaluyong, Makati, and BGC

“The St. Luke’s of Pet Hospitals” – from a Happy Client

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Meet Potch and Sofia

Dogs of the same fur, best friends furrreverrr!

Meet Potch and Sofia
Owned by Meding Am Vega

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Meet Cercei

Me after a night out with friends

Meet Cercei
Owned by Lester Sumagaysay Manzanares Ptrp

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Meet Junpyo

Me trying to understand my human…

Meet Junpyo
Owned by Derminia Santiago

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