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Cat with Towel — Veterinary Care in Murfreesboro, TN
Puppy & Kitten Care

Welcoming a new pet is never easy; however, you want to do what's best for your new family member. One of the first things you should do for your new friend is make an appointment to have them examined. Deworming usually starts at 2-3 weeks of age and vaccines start at 6-8 weeks. When you bring your pet in to us, bring any paperwork with you and we'll be happy to help you figure out what vaccines or tests they may need.

On the First Visit (6-8 Weeks)

Your new pet will get a puppy/kitten kit with free product samples and a bag of treats. The assistant will then weigh your new pet and answer any questions you may have about your new family member. They will then get a stool sample to test for intestinal parasites. For kittens, they will draw blood for a leukemia/AIDS test.

Your new pet will then meet our veterinarian. The doctor will do an exam from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail to make sure there are no serious problems. The doctor will then give the first set of vaccines, provided your pet is healthy. They will also go over the test results.

Puppy Vaccine Schedule

A combination vaccine known as DHPPC (canine distemper, adenovirus type 2, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and coronavirus) is given every three weeks for a total of four (6, 9, 12, 15 weeks of age) sets.

Bordetella vaccine is given with the second and third DHPPC. This vaccine is recommended for all puppies/dogs that are going to be around any other dogs. We recommend that you have this vaccine every six months. Lyme vaccine is given with the third and fourth DHPPC. Lyme is recommended for any puppy/dog that is going to be in an area with a high population of ticks.

Rabies is given with the last set of DHPPC. This vaccine is required by state law and has to be updated every year. On the second or third visit, your puppy will be started on a flea/tick preventative. On the third or fourth visit, your puppy will be started on heartworm preventative. On a yearly basis, we recommend that you have your dog vaccinated against DHPPC/rabies, Bordetella and Lyme disease. You should also have a fecal (intestinal parasite screen), heartworm test and wellness blood work done at this time.

Feline Vaccine Schedule

On your first visit with your new kitten, we recommend that you have them tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). These diseases are deadly and as of right now there are no treatments. They are also easily transmitted to other cats.

A combination vaccine known as FVRCCP (feline rhinotracheitis, calici, chlamydia psittaci, panleukopenia vaccine) with FeLV (feline leukemia) is given every three weeks for a total of four (6, 9, 12, 15 weeks of age) sets.

Feline Bordetella is recommended for any kitten/cat that is outdoors or going to board. This vaccine is given with the second or third FVRCCP. Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) vaccine is recommended for any kitten/cat that is outdoors. This vaccine is given with the second and third FVRCCP.
Rabies is given with the last FVRCCP. This vaccine is required by state law and has to be updated every year. On a yearly basis, we recommend that you have FVRCCP/FeLV, FIV, feline Bordetella, rabies and a fecal (intestinal parasite screen) done.

Spaying & Neutering

We recommend that you spay/neuter your pet between 4-6 months of age. It is important that your pet be healthy before doing this elective surgery. We suggest that you have presurgical bloodwork done even on a young puppy/kitten. Female cats/dogs should be spayed before their first heat cycle; this cuts down the chance of mammary cancer later in life. Male cats/dogs should be neutered before they start having behavioral problems such as marking, aggression and roaming. When you make this appointment, you will be given specific instructions for the night before surgery and the morning of surgery.

Barfield Animal Hospital Facts

Veterinary Health Care Costs

At Barfield Animal Hospital, we strive to provide our clients with high-quality veterinary medicine with superior service. To provide this, continuing education, staff training, equipment and equipment maintenance is necessary. The cost of our services is based on our high standard of care. It tends to be an assumption of the general public that when your pet is placed under anesthesia, an IV catheter is placed, he is being monitored with appropriate equipment and trained staff, and the pain is being addressed, etc. This is our standard of care as well. Unfortunately, to make services more affordable, some may try to cut corners. This is great for your pocketbook if nothing should go wrong. But when something does go wrong, it can be life-threatening. For this reason, it is important to ask your veterinarian about their standard of care for preoperative, operative and postoperative care. The following is a picture tour of our surgical procedures.

Okay, So What Is Animal Chiropractic Therapy All About?

Animal chiropractic is the understanding of anatomy, biomechanics and neurology. A joint that is moving properly is a healthy joint. This joint, by motioning correctly, is providing nutrition to the cells that protect the integrity of that joint, reducing pain through neurologic pathways, increasing blood supply to the joint and the surrounding tissues and providing receptor input to the central nervous system. When the joint is not moving, or motioning properly, these mechanisms are adversely affected. An ''adjustment' is a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust, (in other words, a fast, gentle push) in the correct location and direction for a hypomobile joint. This adjustment will break up adhesions in that joint and will activate neurologic receptors (Golgi tendon organs) to relax the surrounding muscles, allowing the joint to properly move and activate additional neurologic pathways into the central nervous system. This therapy can be used as alternative or adjunctive treatment to a variety of problems, including lameness, postoperative physical therapy, athletic performance and some neurologic disorders. When locating a doctor (chiropractor or veterinarian) for animal chiropractic therapy, be sure to inquire where they were trained, whether or not the program is accredited or certified (and if so, by whom), how many hours of training did it entail, and did they successfully complete the program.