Preventative Medicine

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Taking the necessary measures to prevent sickness is one of the best health investments you can make. The same principle holds for your pets. The veterinary experts at Erickson Veterinary Hospital in Chico have the ability to administer this kind of preventative medicine, including a pet checkup, pet exams, immunization, vaccinations, micro-chipping, X-rays and more.



Although this is not something that involves common ailments in dogs or cats, such as deworming or other heartworm and parasite prevention methods, a microchip is still a worthy investment to increase the likelihood that you’ll recover your pet if it gets lost. The chip implanted in the animal’s skin is about the size of a grain of rice and contains vital contact information. This is especially useful for a puppy or kitten that has not yet been trained and is therefore more prone to getting loose.

Of the many procedures that are common in routine pet care, few are more important than pet vaccinations when it comes to preventing such illnesses as parvo, kennel cough, leptospirosis, rabies, distemper and the feline leukemia virus. Because each pet is unique due to factors, including breed, age and lifestyle, the types and combinations of shots that one of our vets at Erickson Veterinary Hospital chooses will also be unique. Additionally, there are some vaccines that should be administered at specific points in the animal’s life, which your vet will also determine.

The unfortunate reality of owning pets, particularly dogs, is that the many things for which they use their mouths can result in worms and other harmful parasites that can even affect humans. Fortunately, we can administer certain shots or oral medications that will take care of the problem.