PREVENTATIVE CARE

Newman Vets consists of six full service animal hospitals in Central Florida. They are each outfitted to perform all types of veterinary services, procedures, surgeries, diagnostics, vaccines and much more. Each animal hospital  sells flea, tick and heart-worm products. We offer a wide range of services and only our most popular are listed here. If you click on one of the tabs below you will find an explanation of each service.

Feel free to read more about our services to find out what is best for your pet or your can call any of our six locations in Deland, Deltona, Edgewater, Sanford, Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach for more info about our Veterinary Services or to set up an appointment with one of our Veterinarians. Our highly trained and friendly staff will be able to answer all your questions and recommend the best service for you and your pet.

Wellness Exams for Dogs and Cats

What are pet wellness exams?

Wellness exams are an essential component of preventative veterinary medicine. Many animal diseases are manageable when diagnosed early. At Newman Vets our wellness exams consist of a thorough evaluation of all of your pet’s body systems. Pet’s age up to seven times faster than humans, and their overall health can change in a relatively short period of time. Skipping your pet’s annual wellness exam is equivalent to a human not going to the doctor or dentist for about seven years.

Why should I schedule regular wellness exams for my pet?

Common conditions uncovered by a pet wellness exam include: dental disease, weight issues, ear infections, skin conditions, eye conditions such as cataracts, heart murmurs, skin tumors, arthritis, hip dysplasia, flea infestations, ticks, tapeworms, heartworm disease, internal parasites and much more. Many of these conditions can be serious or fatal if left untreated. Internal parasites are also zoonotic, which means they can be contagious to humans.

After the exam

After the wellness exam, the veterinarian may recommend some additional tests. This is determined by anything found in the exam, lifestyle, age and breed of your pet. Possible recommended tests include: Feline Leukemia (cats), chemistry panel, blood count, thyroid screen, urinalysis, heartworm test, blood pressure, cytology, x-rays, tear test, fecal exam and glaucoma check. After all tests are concluded, the veterinarian will discuss the results. Often times simple changes to the pet’s diet, lifestyle and medications are all that’s needed. Vaccinations or additional tests may be recommended.

Pets 5 and older should have a wellness exam every 6 months




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Your pet’s wellness exam is also a great opportunity to discuss any recent changes in your pet’s behavior. Pets cannot speak our language, so they will sometimes act out when they are suffering from illness. A veterinary wellness exam will aid in discovering illness or disease in your pet.

How often should my pet be examined?

It’s generally recommended that all pets have a wellness exam annually. After age five, they should see the vet at least twice a year. Pets with history of illness will require wellness exams more regularly. Check out the pet age calculator above to see your pet’s age in human years. Newman Vets doctors are highly skilled and experienced performing routine wellness exams. You can bring your pet to us with confidence at any of our six animal hospital locations: DeLand, Deltona, Sanford, Edgewater, Daytona Beach, or Ormond Beach. Ask your local Newman Veterinary Center  for more information.

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Vaccinations

Vaccinations are one of the most important parts of owning a pet. Our team of veterinarians developed an optimum vaccination schedule for both dogs and cats. Click the pictures below to learn more about Newman Vets dog vaccinations and cat vaccinations. We’ve also created charts featuring our recommended puppy and kitten vaccination schedules. Get your pets vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian at any of our six animal hospitals.

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dog vaccinations

Why Vaccinate Your Dogs?

At Newman Vets, our top priority is to keep your pets healthy. Vaccinations help build your puppy’s immunities, thus protecting them from serious diseases. Here at Newman Vets we take pride in giving your dog the best quality vaccinations. We even remind you when your pet is due for vaccines via email and post card.

Puppies build their immunities by drinking their mother’s milk (colostrums), which is filled with nutrients and antibodies. Once weaned off their mother’s milk, their immunities start declining.  Vaccinations are critical to help protect young dogs from diseases.

Once your puppy reaches adulthood, he or she will need annual booster vaccines to keep their anti-bodies and immunities up to par. Your dog’s annual wellness exam is a great opportunity to receive canine booster vaccines.





Best Quality Vaccines

At Newman Vets we strive to give you the best, and that’s why we only use the highest grade vaccines available, made by Merial. Merial vaccines are of the best quality and are clinically proven to have the lowest risk of adverse vaccine reactions.





What Do Canine Vaccines
Protect Against?

You may be wondering what all of these vaccinations are actually for. Each canine vaccine is described in detail below.

COMMON CANINE VACCINATIONS

DA2PP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Para influenza, Parvo)
The DA2PP vaccine protects your dog against four serious diseases, including: Canine Distemper, Hepatitis (Adenovirus type 2), Para influenza and Parvovirus. This is the most important core vaccine for your puppy. DA2PP should be given at 8 weeks of age. Your puppy should receive booster shots every 3 weeks thereafter until 4 months of age. Adult dogs need to have their DA2PP boosted annually.
Leptospirosis
Leptospirosis is a spiral bacteria organism that is highly contagious to a wide range of animals and humans. Leptospirosis is perpetuated in rats and is always present in the environment. We typically see more cases in the summer and fall. The disease thrives in rainy tropical climates, like Florida. Leptospira produce potent toxins that attack the liver and kidneys of the infected pet or person. At Newman Vets we recommend vaccinating your dogs with a multi-strain lepto vaccine. The vaccine is given at 11 and 16 weeks of age, and annually thereafter.
Bordetella
Bordetella Bronchiseptica is an airborne bacterium that causes the respiratory infection known as kennel cough. Kennel cough is similar to the influenza in human, and can also lead to pneumonia. The Bordetella vaccine is required for dogs that are going to be boarding, grooming or going to dog parks. We recommend the Bordetella vaccine for any dog that may come in contact with unfamiliar dogs. Bordetella can be administrated as an intranasal, injection or orally. Your puppy can be vaccinated against Bordetella at 6 to 8 weeks of age and should be boosted every 3 weeks until 4 months old. Bordetella vaccinations should be boosted annually in adult dogs.
Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is spread by infected ticks. Lyme disease vaccines are critical for dogs living in high risk areas. If you live near woods or have seen wildlife near your home, you probably live in a high risk area. The vaccine is administered in two doses, typically at 11 and 16 weeks of age, and boosted annually thereafter.
Rabies
Rabies is a deadly viral infection that attacks the central nervous system of mammals. What makes rabies so frightening is that it is equally contagious to humans! Rabies is spread when an infected animal bites any mammal. Raccoons and other feral animals often carry rabies. The rabies vaccination provides your dog with protection in case they come in contact with a rabid animal. There is no cure for rabies, so prevention is critical. Rabies vaccinations are required by law. Florida law states that “All dogs and cats 4 months of age or older must be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian.” A follow up rabies vaccination is required one year after the dog’s first vaccine, and every three years after that. In order to qualify for a 3 year rabies vaccine, it must be given to your dog within 30 days of the scheduled annual revaccination date.

CANINE VACCINATION SCHEDULE

AGE CORE VACCINES RECOMMENDED VACCINES
8 Weeks DA2PP & Deworming Bordetella
11 Weeks DA2PP booster & Deworming Leptospirosis, Lyme disease, Bordetella
14 Weeks DA2PP booster
16 Weeks Rabies (required by law) Leptospirosis, Lyme disease, Deworming
Annual Boosters* *Rabies (required by law) & DA2PP Leptospirosis, Lyme disease, Deworming

*One year after your dog’s initial rabies vaccine, they are eligible for a 3 year rabies vaccine. 3 year rabies must be given within 30 days of annual re-vaccination date.

All our locations provide vaccinations at an excellent value, especially considering we only use the highest grade vaccines available.
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cat vaccinations

Why Vaccinate Your Cats?

At Newman Vets, our top priority is to keep your pets healthy. Vaccinations help build your kitten’s immunities, thus protecting them from serious diseases. We take pride in giving your cat the highest quality vaccinations. We also will remind you when your cat is due for vaccinations via email and post card.

Kittens build their immunities by drinking their mother’s milk (colostrums), which is filled with nutrients and antibodies. Once weaned off their mother’s milk, the kitten’s immunities start to decline. Vaccinations are necessary to help protect young cats from serious diseases.

Once your kitten becomes an adult cat, they will need annual booster vaccines to keep their anti-bodies and immunities up to par. Annual wellness exams are a great opportunity to receive feline booster vaccinations.





Best Quality Vaccines

At Newman Vets we strive to give you the best, and that’s why we only use the best quality vaccinations available, made by Merial. Merial vaccines are recognized as best quality, and are clinically proven to have the lowest risk of adverse vaccine reactions. The high quality vaccines we use are not the cheapest for us, but we do not pass that cost on to you, it’s just another way we provide you with superior value.





What Do Feline Vaccines
Protect Against?

You may be wondering what all of these vaccinations are actually for. Below is a list describing the diseases that each vaccine will protect against.

COMMON felinE VACCINATIONS

FEL 4-Way FVRCP (Feline Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, Chlamydophila and Calicivirus)
The FEL 4-way is an important combination vaccine that protects your cat against four serious diseases; Feline Distemper, Rhinotracheitis Chlamydophila and Calicivirus. These four diseases are all extremely contagious and serious. At Newman Vets we give kittens their first FVRCP vaccine at 8 weeks of age, and re-vaccinate every 3 weeks until at least 14 weeks of age. The FEL 4-way is vital for cats and should be boosted annually.
Feline Leukemia (FELV)
Feline Leukemia is a fatal virus with no known cure. Feline Leukemia is much different than Leukemia in humans. Feline Leukemia is a contagious virus. If a pregnant cat is infected with Feline Leukemia, her kittens will likely be born FELV positive. It is important to test kittens for FELV prior to vaccinating. After testing negative, the vaccine will be given three times as a kitten and annually thereafter. Feline Leukemia is easily transmitted from cat to cat. Always test new cats and kittens for FELV before bringing them it into a multi-cat household. Feline Leukemia ultimately breaks down the cat’s immune system, making them susceptible to diseases that they would normally be able to resist. At Newman Vets we recommend giving kittens their first FELV vaccine at 8 weeks of age. FELV booster vaccines are administered at 11 weeks of age, 16 weeks of age and annually thereafter.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
FIV, also known as feline AIDS, is a fatal disease with no known cure or prevention. All we can do is test to see if cats are FIV positive or negative. FIV is highlykittencontagious. We recommend keeping your cats away from unknown cats that could be FIV positive.
Rabies
Rabies is a deadly viral infection that attacks the central nervous system of mammals. Rabies is equally contagious to humans. Rabies is spread when an infected animal bites any other mammal. Raccoons and other feral animals often carry the disease. The rabies vaccination provides your cat with protection in case they come in contact with a rabid animal. There is no cure for rabies, so prevention is critical.Rabies vaccinations are required by law. Florida law states that “All dogs and cats 4 months of age or older must be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian.” A follow up rabies vaccine is required one year after the cat’s first vaccine and every three years after that.

feline VACCINATION SCHEDULE

AGE CORE VACCINES RECOMMENDED VACCINES
8 Weeks FEL 4-Way & Deworming FELV (Leukemia)
11 Weeks FEL 4-Way booster & Deworming FELV booster
14 Weeks FEL-4 Way booster
16 Weeks Rabies (required by law) FELV booster
Annual Boosters* *Rabies (required by law) & FEL 4-WAY FELV booster

*One year after your cat’s initial rabies vaccine, cats are eligible for a 3 year rabies vaccine. 3 year rabies must be given within 30 days of annual re-vaccination date

All our locations provide vaccinations at an excellent value, especially considering we only use the highest grade vaccines available.

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Intestinal Parasites

Did you know that most puppies and kittens have intestinal parasites? Intestinal parasites, including worms can be harmful to your pets. A regular de-worming schedule is vital for puppies and kittens to protect them from intestinal parasites. Puppies and kittens should be checked for intestinal parasites as early as 3 weeks of age. At which point they should start their regular de-worming schedule. Adult dogs and cats should be tested semi-annually and de-wormed as necessary.

Almost all puppies and kittens need deworming treatment

Testing for Internal Parasites in Pets

Veterinarians at Newman Vets will test your pets for worms and other internal parasites by taking a small stool sample from your pet. Common parasites found in dogs, cats, puppies and kittens include: Hookworms, Roundworms, Tapeworms, Whipworms, Giardia and Coccidia.  Luckily all of these intestinal parasites can be safely treated with a veterinarian recommended de-worming protocol.

Helpful Hints to Protect Your Pet from Worms

Bi-annual fecal examinations
Use de-worming medication when needed
Flea control products aid in prevention of Tapeworms
Clean up your pet’s stool regularly
Keep your pet away from other pet’s feces
Stay away from stagnant, standing or brackish water
Avoid uncooked meat or anything that could contain fleas

Symptoms of Internal Parasites

Some symptoms of intestinal parasites are vomiting, coughing, anal irritation, loss of appetite, diarrhea, weight loss and worms in their feces. Pets with worms may not show any symptoms. Fecal exams are a standard part of your pet’s wellness exam. To get your pet tested for worms, schedule an appointment at any Newman Vets Animal Hospital.

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Microchips for Cats and Dogs

Newman Veterinary Centers can help you find your lost pet on google! Our Microchips are unique in that if your pet does go missing its microchip number can easily be googled. The person that found your pet can then easily contact you via email or text and send you the GPS location of your pet.

Microchips from Newman Veterinary Centers are affordable. There is a one time lifetime registration fee ,with savethislife.com, of $20 but, no fees to update information or transfer pet owners.

The Lifetime registration includes:

  • $1000 in lost pet emergency health insurance
  • Free lost pet alerts and posters sent out within a 25 mile radius
  • Pet owner receives online log in to update contact information and pet’s photo
  • Microchip ID numbers that are searchable in Google

In 2008 the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine decided that only licensed veterinarians are able to implant microchips in pets. Animal microchips are typically implanted just beneath the surface of the skin, between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to receiving a vaccination through a needle. The microchip remains just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal’s lifetime, becoming a permanent form of identification. Microchips have no known side-effects.

According to the American Kennel Club, pet theft is on the rise. Collars and tags can easily and accidentally be removed, so make sure your pet has permanent ID with a microchip. Stolen pets are much more likely to be recovered if they are microchipped.

When a veterinarian, shelter or humane society finds a lost or missing pet, they use a scanner to read your pet’s microchip. Each Newman Veterinary Center is equipped with a universal microchip scanner. If you find a lost dog or cat we will scan them for free at any of our six locations: DeLand, Deltona, Sanford, Edgewater, Daytona Beach, or Ormond Beach. Ask your local Newman Vet for more information.

what are heartworms?

Heartworms are extremely dangerous parasitic worms that can easily infect dogs and cats. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes. When an infected mosquito bites an animal, it transmits tiny heartworm larvae into their bloodstream. The larvae enter the new host and make their way under the skin. The larvae quickly grow into adult heartworms and invade the heart and lungs of the host. Heartworm disease is deadly if it is left untreated.

Florida has an ideal climate for mosquitoes and our pets are constantly at risk.  According to the CAPC, 1 in 85 American dogs tested positive for heartworm disease. 1 in 72 dogs tested positive in Florida, 1 in 68 tested positive in Seminole County and a staggering 1 in 63 dogs tested heartworm positive in Volusia County.

All pets are at risk of contracting heartworm disease. Due to the rampant mosquito population, heartworm prevention is particularly important in Florida and other southern states. Heartworm prevention should typically start around 6 to 8 weeks of age and be given to the pet monthly for the rest of their lives. Heartworm preventative medicine is safe, easy and inexpensive, especially when compared to treatment.

Our Two Most Recommended Heartworm Preventatives

  • Heartgard Plus (also controls hookworms and roundworms)
  • Trifexis (also controls fleas, hookworms, roundworms and whipworms)
Heartworms are transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

preventing heartworms

We offer a variety of preventatives for you to choose from, so you can find one that best suits you and your pet. All of our preventatives are extremely effective and will provide you with peace of mind. Merial’s Heartgard Plus is 100% guaranteed when purchased through your veterinarian. If your pet develops heartworms while taking Heartgard Plus, Merial will pay for the entire heartworm treatment.

Outdoor cats and dogs are not the only ones at risk of heartworm disease. Reportedly 30% of cats diagnosed with heartworm disease are considered indoor only cats by their pet parents. There is currently no approved treatment for heartworm disease in cats, so prevention is critical. During your pet’s next wellness exam, ask us to run a quick blood test to ensure that your pet is heartworm negative. Then we will provide you with the prescription medication of your choice. FDA regulations require a new heartworm test once per year.

Even indoor cats are at risk of contracting heartworms, and sadly there is no cure for heartworm positive cats

Heartworm Disease Symptoms

  • Dysfunction of the lungs, heart, liver and kidneys
  • Coughing
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Dyspnea (difficulty breathing)
  • Abnormal lung sounds
  • Syncope (temporary loss of consciousness due to lack of blood flow to the brain)
  • Abnormal heart sounds
  • Eventually death

treating heartworms

It is possible to cure a dog with heartworms, but there are not any known cures for heartworm positive cats. Treatment for dogs requires multiple injections of Immiticide into the back muscles. Immiticide is FDA approved and considered safe, but it is very expensive. Due to the nature of the treatment process, it can take months for an infected dog to recover. Treatment for heartworm disease requires hospitalization and long periods of inactivity. While there are many success stories, the procedure can cause a lot of stress on your dog.

why you should choose us

All of our locations routinely run heartworm tests and sell heartworm preventatives, such as Heartgard Plus and Trifexis. It’s never been easier to buy flea, tick and heartworm prevention products. Due to multi-million dollar advertising campaigns by online pet pharmacies, many people believe that the best prices on pet medicine are found online. This is simply not true. In fact, we’ll always price match 1-800-Pet Meds, guaranteed.

Also, Merial offers some amazing guarantees on their products, but they are only valid when the product is purchased through your veterinarian. Talk to a veterinarian today at any of our six animal hospitals or book an appointment online.

Flea & Tick

Fleas and Ticks Spread Diseases

Fleas and ticks are bloodsucking parasites adept at inviting themselves into your home. Dogs and cats are the ideal hosts for these parasites. A female flea can lay up to 2,000 eggs in her lifetime. Many people overlook the serious health problems that fleas and ticks can transmit to pets and humans.

Fleas and ticks can cause several serious health problems. Ticks can transmit Lyme Disease, a serious condition that can infect people too. Fleas can cause Flea Allergy Dermatitis, a type of allergy that causes excessive itching, scabs, sores and hair loss. Fleas can also carry Tape Worms, which can infect dogs, cats and humans after ingesting just one flea.

Constant itching is a warning sign of fleas.

How Can You Get Rid of Fleas and Ticks?

Protecting your pets from fleas and ticks has several proven strategies. Newman Vets offers a variety of the best flea and tick products. Our number one recommended products are Frontline Tritak and Frontline Plus, mostly because of their amazing guarantees. Merial offers a satisfaction guarantee when their products are purchased through a veterinarian. To summarize the guarantee, if Frontline Plus or Tritak does not clear up your flea infestation, Merial will send Terminix to your house to eliminate the problem for free! Some restrictions apply, for details; check out Merial’s official policy.

It is normal to keep seeing fleas for a few weeks after treatment, especially if your house or pet is badly infested. Flea prevention products typically do not kill fleas or ticks instantly on your pet or in your household. The fleas need to bite the treated pet before they die.

Helpful Hints to Get Rid of Fleas and Ticks

  • Administer a reputable flea and tick preventative to all of the pets in your household every 30 days
  • Quarantine infested pets – keep them away from non-infested pets until the problem is solved
  • Wash your pet’s bedding and favorite rugs regularly in hot, soapy water
  • Mow your lawn frequently
  • Vacuum regularly, especially anywhere dust collects, then dispose of the vacuum bag immediately
  • Treat your yard with flea and tick pest control
  • If possible, keep your pets out of long grass and bushes

Do Indoor Pets Need Flea and Tick Prevention?

Just because your indoor pet rarely leaves the confines of your home, does not mean they are safe from fleas or ticks. Indoor pets are great hosts for fleas and ticks, and it only takes one flea to trigger a full blown infestation. Fleas and ticks can be passed on to your pet from your shoes, clothes, other pets, open doors, windows and small crevices.

We Know Fleas and Ticks

The veterinarians and technicians at Newman Vets will customize a flea and tick prevention plan for your lifestyle. All six Newman Vets animal hospitals sell a reputable selection of flea and tick control products, at great prices. We will even match any price that you find on 1-800-Pet Meds, guaranteed!

When Frontline Tritak and Frontline Plus are purchased through Newman Vets, they come with Merial’s renowned satisfaction guarantee. You can buy flea and tick prevention at any of our six animal hospitals in Volusia and Seminole Counties. Call us today or book an appointment online to get started.

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Prescription Pet Food

Prescription Diets

Dogs and cats have a broad range of dietary needs. Prescription dog and cat food can aid in controlling allergies, weight loss, skin problems and much more. Our veterinarians will help you find the perfect diet plan for your pet.

Signs of a balanced and nutritional diet include bright eyes, shiny coat, energetic attitude and proper body composition. Some signs of food allergies include itching, hair loss and other skin problems. Did you know that dogs and cats are frequently allergic to common foods including: dairy products, soy, chicken, lamb, fish, eggs, corn, wheat, and even beef?

Prescription pet foods can help with:

   Food Allergies
   Puppy & Kitten Health
   Weight Management
   Digestive Health
   Feline Thyroid Health
   Skin & Coat Health
   Aging Health
   Joint Health
   Oral Health
   General Health & Much More

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Diets Based on Age

Puppies and kittens require high amounts of protein to help develop their bones, muscles and teeth. During your pet’s first wellness exam we may recommend a special diet to assist your pet with healthy growth. Older pets also have special nutritional needs. As your pet ages, the amount of nutrients in their diet needs to be increased. Older pets require additional joint supplements and antioxidants.

Where to Find Prescription Pet Food

We carry a large selection of reputable pet food brands at excellent prices. You can buy veterinary pet food brands including: Hills Science DietRoyal Canin and Purina Prescription Diets. Pet food is available for purchase online and at all Newman Vets Animal Hospitals.

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Wellness Exams for Dogs and Cats

What are pet wellness exams?

Wellness exams are an essential component of preventative veterinary medicine. Many animal diseases are manageable when diagnosed early. At Newman Vets our wellness exams consist of a thorough evaluation of all of your pet’s body systems. Pet’s age up to seven times faster than humans, and their overall health can change in a relatively short period of time. Skipping your pet’s annual wellness exam is equivalent to a human not going to the doctor or dentist for about seven years.

Why should I schedule regular wellness exams for my pet?

Common conditions uncovered by a pet wellness exam include: dental disease, weight issues, ear infections, skin conditions, eye conditions such as cataracts, heart murmurs, skin tumors, arthritis, hip dysplasia, flea infestations, ticks, tapeworms, heartworm disease, internal parasites and much more. Many of these conditions can be serious or fatal if left untreated. Internal parasites are also zoonotic, which means they can be contagious to humans.

After the exam

After the wellness exam, the veterinarian may recommend some additional tests. This is determined by anything found in the exam, lifestyle, age and breed of your pet. Possible recommended tests include: Feline Leukemia (cats), chemistry panel, blood count, thyroid screen, urinalysis, heartworm test, blood pressure, cytology, x-rays, tear test, fecal exam and glaucoma check. After all tests are concluded, the veterinarian will discuss the results. Often times simple changes to the pet’s diet, lifestyle and medications are all that’s needed. Vaccinations or additional tests may be recommended.

Pets 5 and older should have a wellness exam every 6 months




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Your pet’s wellness exam is also a great opportunity to discuss any recent changes in your pet’s behavior. Pets cannot speak our language, so they will sometimes act out when they are suffering from illness. A veterinary wellness exam will aid in discovering illness or disease in your pet.

How often should my pet be examined?

It’s generally recommended that all pets have a wellness exam annually. After age five, they should see the vet at least twice a year. Pets with history of illness will require wellness exams more regularly. Check out the pet age calculator below to see your pet’s age in human years. Newman Vets doctors are highly skilled and experienced performing routine wellness exams. You can bring your pet to us with confidence at any of our six animal hospital locations: DeLand, Deltona, Sanford, Edgewater, Daytona Beach, or Ormond Beach. Ask your local Newman Veterinary Center  for more information.

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Vaccinations

Vaccinations are one of the most important parts of owning a pet. Our team of veterinarians developed an optimum vaccination schedule for both dogs and cats. Click the pictures below to learn more about Newman Vets dog vaccinations and cat vaccinations. We’ve also created charts featuring our recommended puppy and kitten vaccination schedules. Get your pets vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian at any of our six animal hospitals.

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dog vaccinations

Why Vaccinate Your Dogs?

At Newman Vets, our top priority is to keep your pets healthy. Vaccinations help build your puppy’s immunities, thus protecting them from serious diseases. Here at Newman Vets we take pride in giving your dog the best quality vaccinations. We even remind you when your pet is due for vaccines via email and post card.

Puppies build their immunities by drinking their mother’s milk (colostrums), which is filled with nutrients and antibodies. Once weaned off their mother’s milk, their immunities start declining.  Vaccinations are critical to help protect young dogs from diseases.

Once your puppy reaches adulthood, he or she will need annual booster vaccines to keep their anti-bodies and immunities up to par. Your dog’s annual wellness exam is a great opportunity to receive canine booster vaccines.





Best Quality Vaccines

At Newman Vets we strive to give you the best, and that’s why we only use the highest grade vaccines available, made by Merial. Merial vaccines are of the best quality and are clinically proven to have the lowest risk of adverse vaccine reactions.





What Do Canine Vaccines
Protect Against?

You may be wondering what all of these vaccinations are actually for. Each canine vaccine is described in detail below.

COMMON CANINE VACCINATIONS

DA2PP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Para influenza, Parvo)
The DA2PP vaccine protects your dog against four serious diseases, including: Canine Distemper, Hepatitis (Adenovirus type 2), Para influenza and Parvovirus. This is the most important core vaccine for your puppy. DA2PP should be given at 8 weeks of age. Your puppy should receive booster shots every 3 weeks thereafter until 4 months of age. Adult dogs need to have their DA2PP boosted annually.
Leptospirosis
Leptospirosis is a spiral bacteria organism that is highly contagious to a wide range of animals and humans. Leptospirosis is perpetuated in rats and is always present in the environment. We typically see more cases in the summer and fall. The disease thrives in rainy tropical climates, like Florida. Leptospira produce potent toxins that attack the liver and kidneys of the infected pet or person. At Newman Vets we recommend vaccinating your dogs with a multi-strain lepto vaccine. The vaccine is given at 11 and 16 weeks of age, and annually thereafter.
Bordetella
Bordetella Bronchiseptica is an airborne bacterium that causes the respiratory infection known as kennel cough. Kennel cough is similar to the influenza in human, and can also lead to pneumonia. The Bordetella vaccine is required for dogs that are going to be boarding, grooming or going to dog parks. We recommend the Bordetella vaccine for any dog that may come in contact with unfamiliar dogs. Bordetella can be administrated as an intranasal, injection or orally. Your puppy can be vaccinated against Bordetella at 6 to 8 weeks of age and should be boosted every 3 weeks until 4 months old. Bordetella vaccinations should be boosted annually in adult dogs.
Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is spread by infected ticks. Lyme disease vaccines are critical for dogs living in high risk areas. If you live near woods or have seen wildlife near your home, you probably live in a high risk area. The vaccine is administered in two doses, typically at 11 and 16 weeks of age, and boosted annually thereafter.
Rabies
Rabies is a deadly viral infection that attacks the central nervous system of mammals. What makes rabies so frightening is that it is equally contagious to humans! Rabies is spread when an infected animal bites any mammal. Raccoons and other feral animals often carry rabies. The rabies vaccination provides your dog with protection in case they come in contact with a rabid animal. There is no cure for rabies, so prevention is critical. Rabies vaccinations are required by law. Florida law states that “All dogs and cats 4 months of age or older must be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian.” A follow up rabies vaccination is required one year after the dog’s first vaccine, and every three years after that. In order to qualify for a 3 year rabies vaccine, it must be given to your dog within 30 days of the scheduled annual revaccination date.

CANINE VACCINATION SCHEDULE

AGE CORE VACCINES RECOMMENDED VACCINES
8 Weeks DA2PP & Deworming Bordetella
11 Weeks DA2PP booster & Deworming Leptospirosis, Lyme disease, Bordetella
14 Weeks DA2PP booster
16 Weeks Rabies (required by law) Leptospirosis, Lyme disease, Deworming
Annual Boosters* *Rabies (required by law) & DA2PP Leptospirosis, Lyme disease, Deworming

*One year after your dog’s initial rabies vaccine, they are eligible for a 3 year rabies vaccine. 3 year rabies must be given within 30 days of annual re-vaccination date.

All our locations provide vaccinations at an excellent value, especially considering we only use the highest grade vaccines available.
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cat vaccinations

Why Vaccinate Your Cats?

At Newman Vets, our top priority is to keep your pets healthy. Vaccinations help build your kitten’s immunities, thus protecting them from serious diseases. We take pride in giving your cat the highest quality vaccinations. We also will remind you when your cat is due for vaccinations via email and post card.

Kittens build their immunities by drinking their mother’s milk (colostrums), which is filled with nutrients and antibodies. Once weaned off their mother’s milk, the kitten’s immunities start to decline. Vaccinations are necessary to help protect young cats from serious diseases.

Once your kitten becomes an adult cat, they will need annual booster vaccines to keep their anti-bodies and immunities up to par. Annual wellness exams are a great opportunity to receive feline booster vaccinations.





Best Quality Vaccines

At Newman Vets we strive to give you the best, and that’s why we only use the best quality vaccinations available, made by Merial. Merial vaccines are recognized as best quality, and are clinically proven to have the lowest risk of adverse vaccine reactions. The high quality vaccines we use are not the cheapest for us, but we do not pass that cost on to you, it’s just another way we provide you with superior value.





What Do Feline Vaccines
Protect Against?

You may be wondering what all of these vaccinations are actually for. Below is a list describing the diseases that each vaccine will protect against.

COMMON felinE VACCINATIONS

FEL 4-Way FVRCP (Feline Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, Chlamydophila and Calicivirus)
The FEL 4-way is an important combination vaccine that protects your cat against four serious diseases; Feline Distemper, Rhinotracheitis Chlamydophila and Calicivirus. These four diseases are all extremely contagious and serious. At Newman Vets we give kittens their first FVRCP vaccine at 8 weeks of age, and re-vaccinate every 3 weeks until at least 14 weeks of age. The FEL 4-way is vital for cats and should be boosted annually.
Feline Leukemia (FELV)
Feline Leukemia is a fatal virus with no known cure. Feline Leukemia is much different than Leukemia in humans. Feline Leukemia is a contagious virus. If a pregnant cat is infected with Feline Leukemia, her kittens will likely be born FELV positive. It is important to test kittens for FELV prior to vaccinating. After testing negative, the vaccine will be given three times as a kitten and annually thereafter. Feline Leukemia is easily transmitted from cat to cat. Always test new cats and kittens for FELV before bringing them it into a multi-cat household. Feline Leukemia ultimately breaks down the cat’s immune system, making them susceptible to diseases that they would normally be able to resist. At Newman Vets we recommend giving kittens their first FELV vaccine at 8 weeks of age. FELV booster vaccines are administered at 11 weeks of age, 16 weeks of age and annually thereafter.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
FIV, also known as feline AIDS, is a fatal disease with no known cure or prevention. All we can do is test to see if cats are FIV positive or negative. FIV is highlykittencontagious. We recommend keeping your cats away from unknown cats that could be FIV positive.
Rabies
Rabies is a deadly viral infection that attacks the central nervous system of mammals. Rabies is equally contagious to humans. Rabies is spread when an infected animal bites any other mammal. Raccoons and other feral animals often carry the disease. The rabies vaccination provides your cat with protection in case they come in contact with a rabid animal. There is no cure for rabies, so prevention is critical.Rabies vaccinations are required by law. Florida law states that “All dogs and cats 4 months of age or older must be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian.” A follow up rabies vaccine is required one year after the cat’s first vaccine and every three years after that.

feline VACCINATION SCHEDULE

AGE CORE VACCINES RECOMMENDED VACCINES
8 Weeks FEL 4-Way & Deworming FELV (Leukemia)
11 Weeks FEL 4-Way booster & Deworming FELV booster
14 Weeks FEL-4 Way booster
16 Weeks Rabies (required by law) FELV booster
Annual Boosters* *Rabies (required by law) & FEL 4-WAY FELV booster

*One year after your cat’s initial rabies vaccine, cats are eligible for a 3 year rabies vaccine. 3 year rabies must be given within 30 days of annual re-vaccination date

All our locations provide vaccinations at an excellent value, especially considering we only use the highest grade vaccines available.

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Intestinal Parasites

Did you know that most puppies and kittens have intestinal parasites? Intestinal parasites, including worms, are disgusting and can be harmful to your pets. A regular de-worming schedule is vital for puppies and kittens to protect them from intestinal parasites. Puppies and kittens should be checked for intestinal parasites as early as 3 weeks of age. At which point they should start their regular de-worming schedule. Adult dogs and cats should be tested semi-annually and de-wormed as necessary.

Almost all puppies and kittens need deworming treatment

Testing for Internal Parasites in Pets

Veterinarians at Newman Vets will test your pets for worms and other internal parasites by taking a small stool sample from your pet. Common parasites found in dogs, cats, puppies and kittens include: Hookworms, Roundworms, Tapeworms, Whipworms, Giardia and Coccidia.  Luckily all of these intestinal parasites can be safely treated with a veterinarian recommended de-worming protocol.

Helpful Hints to Protect Your Pet from Worms

Bi-annual fecal examinations
Use de-worming medication when needed
Flea control products aid in prevention of Tapeworms
Clean up your pet’s stool regularly
Keep your pet away from other pet’s feces
Stay away from stagnant, standing or brackish water
Avoid uncooked meat or anything that could contain fleas

Symptoms of Internal Parasites

Some symptoms of intestinal parasites are vomiting, coughing, anal irritation, loss of appetite, diarrhea, weight loss and worms in their feces. Pets with worms may not show any symptoms. Fecal exams are a standard part of your pet’s wellness exam. To get your pet tested for worms, schedule an appointment at any Newman Vets Animal Hospital.

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Microchips for Cats & Dogs

Newman Veterinary Centers can help you find your lost pet on google! Our Microchips are unique in that if your pet does go missing its microchip number can easily be googled. The person that found your pet can then easily contact you via email or text and send you the GPS location of your pet.

Microchips from Newman Veterinary Centers are affordable. There is a one time lifetime registration fee ,with savethislife.com, of $20 but, no fees to update information or transfer pet owners.

The Lifetime registration includes:

  • $1000 in lost pet emergency health insurance
  • Free lost pet alerts and  posters sent out within a 25 mile radius
  • Pet owner receives online log in to update contact information and pet’s photo
  • Microchip ID numbers that are searchable in Google

In 2008 the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine decided that only licensed veterinarians are able to implant microchips in pets. Animal microchips are typically implanted just beneath the surface of the skin, between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to receiving a vaccination through a needle. The microchip remains just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal’s lifetime, becoming a permanent form of identification. Microchips have no known side-effects.

According to the American Kennel Club, pet theft is on the rise. Collars and tags can easily and accidentally be removed, so make sure your pet has permanent ID with a microchip. Stolen pets are much more likely to be recovered if they are microchipped.

When a veterinarian, shelter or humane society finds a lost or missing pet, they use a scanner to read your pet’s microchip. Each Newman Veterinary Center is equipped with a universal microchip scanner. If you find a lost dog or cat we will scan them for free at any of our six locations: DeLand, Deltona, Sanford, Edgewater, Daytona Beach, or Ormond Beach. Ask your local Newman Vet for more information.

what are heartworms?

Heartworms are extremely dangerous parasitic worms that can easily infect dogs and cats. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes. When an infected mosquito bites an animal, it transmits tiny heartworm larvae into their bloodstream. The larvae enter the new host and make their way under the skin. The larvae quickly grow into adult heartworms and invade the heart and lungs of the host. Heartworm disease is deadly if it is left untreated.

Florida has an ideal climate for mosquitoes and our pets are constantly at risk.  According to the CAPC, 1 in 85 American dogs tested positive for heartworm disease. 1 in 72 dogs tested positive in Florida, 1 in 68 tested positive in Seminole County and a staggering 1 in 63 dogs tested heartworm positive in Volusia County.

All pets are at risk of contracting heartworm disease. Due to the rampant mosquito population, heartworm prevention is particularly important in Florida and other southern states. Heartworm prevention should typically start around 6 to 8 weeks of age and be given to the pet monthly for the rest of their lives. Heartworm preventative medicine is safe, easy and inexpensive, especially when compared to treatment.

Heartworms are transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

preventing heartworms

We offer a variety of preventatives for you to choose from, so you can find one that best suits you and your pet. All of our preventatives are extremely effective and will provide you with peace of mind. Merial’s Heartgard Plus is 100% guaranteed when purchased through your veterinarian. If your pet develops heartworms while taking Heartgard Plus, Merial will pay for the entire heartworm treatment.

Outdoor cats and dogs are not the only ones at risk of heartworm disease. Reportedly 30% of cats diagnosed with heartworm disease are considered indoor only cats by their pet parents. There is currently no approved treatment for heartworm disease in cats, so prevention is critical. During your pet’s next wellness exam, ask us to run a quick blood test to ensure that your pet is heartworm negative. Then we will provide you with the prescription medication of your choice. FDA regulations require a new heartworm test once per year.

Even indoor cats are at risk of contracting heartworms, and sadly there is no cure for heartworm positive cats

Most Recommended Heartworm Preventatives

  • Heartgard Plus (also controls hookworms and roundworms)
  • Trifexis (also controls fleas, hookworms, roundworms and whipworms)

Heartworm Disease Symptoms

  • Dysfunction of the lungs, heart, liver and kidneys
  • Coughing
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Dyspnea (difficulty breathing)
  • Abnormal lung sounds
  • Syncope (temporary loss of consciousness due to lack of blood flow to the brain)
  • Abnormal heart sounds
  • Eventually death

treating heartworms

It is possible to cure a dog with heartworms, but there are not any known cures for heartworm positive cats. Treatment for dogs requires multiple injections of Immiticide into the back muscles. Immiticide is FDA approved and considered safe, but it is very expensive. Due to the nature of the treatment process, it can take months for an infected dog to recover. Treatment for heartworm disease requires hospitalization and long periods of inactivity. While there are many success stories, the procedure can cause a lot of stress on your dog.

why you should choose us

All of our locations routinely run heartworm tests and sell heartworm preventatives, such as Heartgard Plus and Trifexis. It’s never been easier to buy flea, tick and heartworm prevention products. Due to multi-million dollar advertising campaigns by online pet pharmacies, many people believe that the best prices on pet medicine are found online. This is simply not true. In fact, we’ll always price match 1-800-Pet Meds, guaranteed.

Also, Merial offers some amazing guarantees on their products, but they are only valid when the product is purchased through your veterinarian. Talk to a veterinarian today at any of our six animal hospitals or book an appointment online.

Flea & Tick Prevention

Fleas and Ticks Spread Diseases

Fleas and ticks are bloodsucking parasites adept at inviting themselves into your home. Dogs and cats are the ideal hosts for these parasites. A female flea can lay up to 2,000 eggs in her lifetime. Many people overlook the serious health problems that fleas and ticks can transmit to pets and humans.

Fleas and ticks can cause several serious health problems. Ticks can transmit Lyme Disease, a serious condition that can infect people too. Fleas can cause Flea Allergy Dermatitis, a type of allergy that causes excessive itching, scabs, sores and hair loss. Fleas can also carry Tape Worms, which can infect dogs, cats and humans after ingesting just one flea.

Constant itching is a warning sign of fleas.

How Can You Get Rid of Fleas and Ticks?

Protecting your pets from fleas and ticks has several proven strategies. Newman Vets offers a variety of the best flea and tick products. Our number one recommended products are Frontline Tritak and Frontline Plus, mostly because of their amazing guarantees. Merial offers a satisfaction guarantee when their products are purchased through a veterinarian. To summarize the guarantee, if Frontline Plus or Tritak does not clear up your flea infestation, Merial will send Terminix to your house to eliminate the problem for free! Some restrictions apply, for details; check out Merial’s official policy.

It is normal to keep seeing fleas for a few weeks after treatment, especially if your house or pet is badly infested. Flea prevention products typically do not kill fleas or ticks instantly on your pet or in your household. The fleas need to bite the treated pet before they die.

Helpful Hints to Get Rid of Fleas and Ticks

  • Administer a reputable flea and tick preventative to all of the pets in your household every 30 days
  • Quarantine infested pets – keep them away from non-infested pets until the problem is solved
  • Wash your pet’s bedding and favorite rugs regularly in hot, soapy water
  • Mow your lawn frequently
  • Vacuum regularly, especially anywhere dust collects, then dispose of the vacuum bag immediately
  • Treat your yard with flea and tick pest control
  • If possible, keep your pets out of long grass and bushes

Do Indoor Pets Need Flea and Tick Prevention?

Just because your indoor pet rarely leaves the confines of your home, does not mean they are safe from fleas or ticks. Indoor pets are great hosts for fleas and ticks, and it only takes one flea to trigger a full blown infestation. Fleas and ticks can be passed on to your pet from your shoes, clothes, other pets, open doors, windows and small crevices.

We Know Fleas and Ticks

The veterinarians and technicians at Newman Vets will customize a flea and tick prevention plan for your lifestyle. All six Newman Vets animal hospitals sell a reputable selection of flea and tick control products, at great prices. We will even match any price that you find on 1-800-Pet Meds, guaranteed!

When Frontline Tritak and Frontline Plus are purchased through Newman Vets, they come with Merial’s renowned satisfaction guarantee. You can buy flea and tick prevention at any of our six animal hospitals in Volusia and Seminole Counties. Give us a call today or book your appointment online.

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Prescription Pet Food

Prescription Diets

Dogs and cats have a broad range of dietary needs. Prescription dog and cat food can aid in controlling allergies, weight loss, skin problems and much more. Our veterinarians will help you find the perfect diet plan for your pet.

Signs of a balanced and nutritional diet include bright eyes, shiny coat, energetic attitude and proper body composition. Some signs of food allergies include itching, hair loss and other skin problems. Did you know that dogs and cats are frequently allergic to common foods including: dairy products, soy, chicken, lamb, fish, eggs, corn, wheat, and even beef?

Prescription pet foods can help with:

   Food Allergies
   Puppy & Kitten Health
   Weight Management
   Digestive Health
   Feline Thyroid Health
   Skin & Coat Health
   Aging Health
   Joint Health
   Oral Health
   General Health & Much More

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Diets Based on Age

Puppies and kittens require high amounts of protein to help develop their bones, muscles and teeth. During your pet’s first wellness exam we may recommend a special diet to assist your pet with healthy growth. Older pets also have special nutritional needs. As your pet ages, the amount of nutrients in their diet needs to be increased. Older pets require additional joint supplements and antioxidants.

Where to Find Prescription Pet Food

We carry a large selection of reputable pet food brands at excellent prices. You can buy veterinary pet food brands including: Hills Science DietRoyal Canin and Purina Prescription Diets. Pet food is available for purchase online and at all  six Newman Vets Animal Hospitals.

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