At Rancho Village Veterinary Hospital, we focus on preventive care to keep common diseases and disorders from developing in the first place.
Combined with regular wellness exams, pet vaccinations, and parasite prevention form the foundation of your animal's routine healthcare.
We collaborate with pet owners to tailor the best preventive care plan for their dog or cat's needs.
The first year of a dog or cat's life is critical for establishing a solid base of veterinary care. Our La Mesa vets encourage you to schedule reproductive surgery around your new pet's vaccinations; getting fixed not only prevents unwanted litters, it can also prevent unwanted howling, scooting, roaming, and aggression. Having your pet spayed or neutered has also been shown to reduce your pet's risk of developing cancer later in life. We've included a sample schedule for needed vaccines and reproductive surgery below.
In their first year of life, kittens need the following shots to protect them from serious diseases.
While the following are not kitten vaccinations, spaying, neutering and microchipping help protect your cat from a number of health issues, and therefore fall under the preventive health care umbrella.
In their first year, puppies need these shots to protect them from dangerous diseases.
Although the following are not puppy vaccinations, spaying, neutering, and microchipping help protect your dog from a number of health issues, and therefore fall under the preventive health care umbrella.
Parasites pose a serious health threat to people and animals in La Mesa and beyond into the rest of San Diego county. Left untreated, parasites can threaten the life of your cat or dog, and in some cases can even be transmitted to other people living in your household. Our parasite prevention products can help protect your dog or cat from the following common parasites:
Fleas are external parasites that feed on the blood of birds and mammals. Left untreated, fleas can quickly spread throughout your household.
These external parasites consume the blood of mammals and are responsible for the spread of a number of serious conditions in people and pets.
Tiny, highly contagious ear mites reside in the ear canals of dogs, cats and other mammals. These parasites reproduce continuously throughout their lifespan.
This thread-like parasitic roundworm is spread through mosquito bites and makes its home in the heart, lungs and blood vessels of infected animals.
These parasites live in the digestive tract of cats and dogs, where they feed on the pet's blood. Hookworms can lead to anemia and other serious conditions.
This parasitic worm lives in the intestine and feeds on partially digested intestinal contents. This parasite can rob your pet of vital nutrients necessary to stay healthy.
Tapeworms are spread through the ingestion of infected fleas during grooming. These hook-like parasitic worms live and grow in your pet's intestines.
Whipworms are spread through the ingestion of soil that has been in contact with an infected dog's feces. Whipworms pose a serious health risk to dogs.
Rancho Village Veterinary Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of La Mesa companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.