Abbreviations on Your Reminder Notifications
By: Dr. Megan Emma
Ever wonder what those abbreviations mean on your pet’s reminder card or email? This month’s blog entry will address that issue and help you determine exactly what your furry friend needs to stay healthy.
- DA2PP – Distemper, Adenovirus-2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus vaccine
- RV – Rabies vaccine
- OV – Office visit
- FVRCP - Feline viral rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia vaccine
- Heartw/lyme/ehr/ana snap - Heartworm, Lyme, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis test
- NSAID panel - non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (bloodwork for animals on these medications – Rimadyl/carprofen, Metacam, and steroids such as prednisone)
- T4 – thyroid blood level
- FeLV/FIV snap – Feline Leukemia Virus/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus test
- Fecal – Drop off a stool sample or we can obtain one at your pet’s annual visit to check for intestinal parasites.
In dogs, the “core” or required vaccines are Da2PP and Rabies. Other vaccines such as Bordetella (kennel cough) and Lyme are given based on lifestyle, likelihood of exposure, and other factors. Talk with your veterinarian to determine which vaccines are recommended for your dog.
In cats, the “core” or required vaccines are FVRCP and Rabies. The Leukemia vaccine is often given to outdoor cats that are exposed to feral cats but is not generally needed for indoor-only felines.
The heartworm/Lyme test is performed yearly. Even if your dog is on heartworm prevention year-round, we recommend testing annually because using the preventative without knowing the heartworm status can be detrimental to your pet’s health. Plus, the test also detects Lyme disease, which is very common in our area.
Your pet should be examined at least once yearly so that we can evaluate vision, ears, teeth, heart, lungs, abdomen, joints, and skin. As your animal gets older, we recommend twice yearly check ups so that we can detect and address any potential problems early.
Be sure to check your pets’ reminders and call our office at 609-888-3400 to schedule an appointment so we can keep your furry friends healthy. If you have any questions about what is needed, don’t hesitate to ask us!