I want a quality and modern product for my pet!

Modern and high-quality dietary supplements, is it really easy for the pet owner to quickly find such a product? When looking for the best dietary supplements for their pet, the owners most often follow the recommendations, read reviews or simply look at where supplements are made, decide on the quality from the package.

The Old Town Veterinary Clinic, having tried and recommended only the best products for your pets, has a number of tips, on the basis of which the owner can judge the quality of dietary supplements:

  • The food supplement is manufactured according to standards like the drug, using high-quality materials intended for the pharmaceutical industry, produced by pharmacists, biotechnologists (ISO standards, certificates, etc.) are indicated on the product packaging);
  • The dietary supplement is balanced in such a way that it is well absorbed by the body, with the required and balanced amount of active substances;
  • The dietary supplement is used and recommended by veterinarians as a significant complement to the entire treatment and health prevention of the animal.
  • Modern dietary supplements strive for environmental friendliness, ethical standards of behavior towards animals.

Reico Vital dietary supplements have been developed and perfected by pharmacists, biotechnologists and physiotherapists. All Reico products are designed to maintain the necessary balance of vitamins and minerals in the animal's body, supplement the diet with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and maintain a healthy microflora of the body.

Reico Vital Naturkraft the line of dietary supplements for pets is made from herbs grown in the alpine mountains, the synergistic effect of which gives extremely good health results. More information will be provided at the Old Town Veterinary Clinic, K. Kalinausko str. 9, Vilnius.

The annual pet vaccination – the most relevant questions

Modern science has made it possible to prolong the life of our four-legged family members, so one of the most important ways to prevent disease is through vaccination. Vaccination has long been considered one of the easiest ways to boost an animal's immunity and help it avoid a wide range of dangerous diseases. Not only different vaccines are offered to prevent different diseases, but also different combinations of vaccines.

What is a vaccine?

The vaccine prepares the body's immune system to fight disease-causing organisms. The vaccine contains antigens that appear to the body's immune system as disease-causing organisms. Once the vaccine enters the body, it is easily stimulated, so that if the pet were actually infected, the body would already be ready to fight the pathogen. Its immune system quickly recognises the pathogen and neutralises it completely or reduces the complications of the disease, leaving the animal with a milder form of the disease.

The most important thing is to discuss with your veterinarian which vaccine or combination is the most relevant and appropriate for your pet, as well as what vaccination schedule should be followed in each case.

What are the most important questions for first-time vaccinators?

When is a small puppy/kitten vaccinated?

There are two types of vaccination schedules for small puppies: the first vaccination is given at one-and-a-half months, followed by vaccinations at two months and three months. A second vaccination schedule is available at two and three months of age. The schedule depends on the manufacturer of the vaccine, and should generally be chosen according to the health of the animal, which is best advised by your veterinarian.

Kitten vaccinations are usually given at two and three months of age.

The vaccinations are the same, but the three-month-old vaccine includes a rabies vaccine.

How do I vaccinate an animal taken from a shelter?

The first thing to do is to give deworming medication and then vaccinate ten to fourteen days later. If the animal has worms, the dosage of the medication should be repeated and the vaccination delayed, depending on the parasites the animal has; if it has ascarids, the vaccination can be delayed for up to two months, and it is always best to consult a veterinarian in each case.

When to delay/avoid vaccinations?

When the animal is sick: diarrhoea, fever, cough, is being treated for a specific disease and given antibiotics, and when it has parasites.

Are vaccines safe?

Vaccines are really safe, guaranteed by the manufacturer. However, the vaccination can be followed by soreness at the site of the vaccination for up to two days, swelling and a rise in body temperature. The animal may also be sluggish for up to three days and not eat. Cats may have nasal discharge, sneeze and cough. There is a small chance, but an anaphylactic reaction may occur - shock. It is then necessary to contact a vet as soon as possible, however, these cases are extremely rare.

Is it really necessary to vaccinate every year?

Yes, especially if you have small children and the animal lives in an environment where it has contact with wild animals or other dogs.

Based on scientific literature and consultation with veterinary surgeons

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Current season: the tick and flea prevention

The soft and warm fur of the animal creates the perfect breeding ground for parasites. Ticks and fleas feed on blood and can cause serious health problems such as allergic reactions and skin diseases, and ticks also spread babesiosis, a very serious disease caused by protozoa. Ticks and fleas usually attack pets in the warmer months of the year, but you can find them on your pet's fur at any time of the year.

The main signs that your pet may have parasites are:

  • Dark spots on the coat;
  • Flea eggs;
  • The animal is constantly scratching and licking itself;
  • Reddened, chafed skin and skin patches;
  • Hair loss, hair loss.

Owners can easily check for parasites in the coat by looking at the neck area, the tail, the abdomen, and any spots on the coat. The ears, neck and areas around the eyes should be examined carefully.

Ticks and fleas are more dangerous for small puppies or kittens, as their low body weight can lead to anaemia due to the loss of blood that the parasites feed on. The main signs of anaemia are swollen gums and lack of energy.

Fleas often cause allergic reactions by injecting poisonous substances that often cause itching, which weakens the animal's coat and makes the skin extremely itchy, so the animal is constantly scratching itself and losing its fur. When digging, the animal can puncture the skin and introduce infection, leading to even more serious health problems.

Animals are most often infected with fleas and ticks after a walk on the grass or even brief contact with other infected animals. The female flea lays about 40-50 eggs a day, so the parasites are quickly noticed.

If fleas are found on a pet's fur, carpets and upholstered furniture must also be thoroughly cleaned, as the parasites can survive in the environment in between.

Tick prevention and hygiene

Ticks are best removed with rubber gloves and a firm grip with tweezers. If you see that you have left a tick head behind, it is best to contact your veterinarian to remove it. The most common mites that infest an animal are the deer ticks, which attack not only pets but also many mammals and humans.

The main signs that an animal has been bitten by a tick that is causing health problems:

  • Loss of Appetite;
  • Apathy, lack of energy, the pet looks sad;
  • Pain in the joints;
  • Swollen lymph nodes.

Diseases that can be caused by mites are: anemia, infection of the skin, the pet can also suffer paralysis.

Modern measures to protect your pet from ticks and fleas include various preventive shampoos, collars, drops and tablets. These products are best chosen in consultation with your veterinarian, who will advise you on the correct dosage of the product and explain the instructions for use to ensure effective prevention.

Based on scientific literature and consultation with veterinary surgeons

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