Salem's Corner Winter 2010 - 2011
Hi from East Ridge Animal Hospital
This is Salem, the smarter half of doctor Balonek (old Jer). The new year is here and it is cold. Be very careful how long you leave your dog out and remember, we need lots of water, even in winter.
Some changes are going on at the hospital. Sadly, Dr. Brenda Santana is leaving us. Her husband got a very nice job in New Mexico and she has left for the southwest. We wish both of them and their new addition good luck.
Coming to East Ridge are Dr. Linda Schneider and Sandy Adamcak. Dr. Schneider has been a vet for more than 35 years and used to own Macedon Animal Hospital. She is working Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She also does acupuncture and Chinese herbal. Dr. Adamcak is an exotic specialist and is going to try doing Wednesday mornings. She is going to work as an independent contractor, so her charges are different. She is one of the best specialists in the state. She will start in March. We now have 3 full-time doctors: Dr. Lefler, Dr. Markel, and Dr. Sementa. Old Jer still works as much as he can. Then we have 3 part-time vets: Dr. Wilkes, Dr. Schneider, and Dr. Adamcak.
We are still seeing cases of parvo virus. This is an intestinal virus that is more common in warm weather. Please make sure your dog is vaccinated, especially puppies. This is part of the distemper vaccine.
There is always confusion about what "shots" we dogs need. Basically every puppy gets a DHLPP vaccine every 3-4 weeks until 4 months of age. This is a vaccine that protects against distemper, hepatitis, lepto, and parvo. In addition, if your dog is going to be exposed to deer, it is recommended to vaccinate against lyme disease. They do recommend kennel cough vaccines for dogs that board or are going to obedience school. Rabies is done at 3-4 months.
Next month we will discuss cat vaccines. Remember to give us an extra hug, it means a lot. Also, if you're like me, one more biscuit please.
Talk to you next month - Salem
P.S. - We are getting close to heartworm, flea, and tick season. You can have your meds shipped by mail using our website soon.