How to Get the Most Out of Your Pet’s Medicated Shampoo Treatment

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Meet my patient, Amy Lou. Amy is a senior dog (at the time this picture was taken she is 17 years old), who benefits greatly from medicated bath treatments for her skin.

In treating your pet’s skin condition/s consistent treatment using medicated shampoos for best results. Medicated shampoos are commonly used as topical treatments to tackle specific skin conditions. To get the most of out of these shampoos (and save money in the long run) Dr. Cecilia suggests you do the following:

  • Wash your pet off with a regular hypoallergenic cleansing shampoo (be sure to rinse it all off)! Medicated shampoos typically do not lather up, and are not formulated to cleanse the skin, but rather to treat an underlying skin condition.
  • After being diluted in water, the medicated shampoo should be evenly applied to the hair coat (avoiding the eyes). Diluting the shampoo will help rinse it off the coat and minimize residue which may further irritate your pet’s skin.
  • Dilute the shampoo by using 1 part shampoo to 3 or 4 parts water.
  • If possible keep the medicated diluted shampoo on the skin for 10 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly. This is necessary because prolonged contact with the skin allows the ingredients in the medicated shampoo to penetrate and have full effect.
  • Follow instructions for use of medicated shampoo as directed.

Dr. Cecilia will be glad to advise and instruct you on how to use medical shampoos as part of her treatment plan to combat your pet’s allergy. To schedule an appointment please contact Vet Home Express at 954-243-0269.

5 Easy Ways to Prevent & Control Feline Leukemia Virus

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Testing for feline leukemia virus is highly recommended for all kittens and adult cats before entering a house with uninfected cats.

To control and prevent this blood virus (which can be fatal) testing should be done under the following circumstances:

  1. All cats prior to their first feline leukemia virus vaccination
  2. All kittens at their first veterinary visit
  3. All cats in an existing household prior to introducing a new uninfected cat
  4. All cats prior to entering a household with existing uninfected cats

Vet Home Express recommends vaccinations only for uninfected cats at risk. To schedule an appointment in the comfort of your own home please contact Dr. Cecilia at 954-243-0269.

Why Is Flea Prevention So Important for Your Pet/s?

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There are more than 2,200 flea species recognized worldwide. Fleas can wreak havoc on your beloved pet/s. They are an itchy nuisance and can transmit diseases and cause skin allergies and anemia. Fleas cause severe irritations in both animals and humans. They also transmit a wide variety of diseases, including tapeworm infections (read about tapeworms here) and typhus like rickettsiae (read more here). Flea prevention is paramount for your pet’s health. It’s relatively inexpensive.

At Vet Home Express, August is our flea prevention month. To have Dr. Cecilia treat your pet for flea allergies or to order flea prevention treatments please call 954-243-0269.

Deworming – A Must for Your Pet’s Well Being and Health!

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Many parasites can infect your pet’s digestive system. The two most common ones are:


Pets can become infected by ingesting the larvae in the environment (usually passed in the feces of an infected animal or in the milk from a nursing mom), by eating infected rodents, or by larval penetration of the skin. Infection is more common in kittens and puppies. The worms typically live in the small intestines.

Most pets don’t show signs. However, anemia does occasionally occur and is the result of bloodsucking by the worms in the small intestines. Feces may become loose.

Other tell tale signs:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Occasional weakness causes by long term exposure


Adult tapeworms are segmented worms found in the intestines. Tapeworms are usually acquired from ingesting fleas – for instance when an animal bites his itchy skin and bites a flea. Fecals are needed for diagnosis (please contact Dr. Cecilia to schedule a fecal exam in the comfort of your own home).

Tell tale signs include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Failure to digest and absorb food normally
  • Mild diarrhea
  • Pot-bellied appearance

Deworming treatment plans can help to control hookworm and tapeworm infections. Control of tapeworms requires both treatment and prevention. Flea control is critical for tapeworm control, even for indoor cats! It will be my pleasure to provide you with an effective preventative long-term treatment plan. To schedule an appointment please contact me at 954-243-0269.


Vaccines and Your Cat

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Just as in dogs and people, vaccinations are a key component in cat preventative medicine.

So what do vaccinations do exactly?

They are given to stimulate the immune system against infections before exposure to diseases. Vaccinations are administered to stimulate the immune system against infection before exposure to disease.

Let’s go over these vaccines:

  • Panleukopenia (feline distemper): 1st vaccination is given at 8 to 10 weeks of age, followed by additional vaccinations at 12 to 14 weeks and 1 year; then periodic booster shots are recommended. This shot helps to fight a viral infection that can affect several body systems, especially the blood cells produced in the bone marrow.
  • Feline herpesvirus type 1: Usually given as combination vaccine, at the same schedule as panleukopenia. It is used to fight respiratory infections.
  • Rabies: Initial vaccination is given as early as 3 to 4 months of age; boosters at 1 year and every 1 to 3 years after that. It is used to fight a viral disease that is both fatal and transmittable to people.
  • Feline calicivirus: Usually given as a combination vaccine, it is administered at the same schedule as the panleukopenia vaccine. It is used to fight a viral respiratory infection.

Dr. Cecilia offers vaccine treatments for your beloved pets (in the NE Miami-Dade and SE Broward areas) in the comfort of your own home, and will be happy to advise you on which vaccines are necessary for your pet. To schedule an appointment please Contact Dr. Cecilia Magalhaes by filling out this intake form or calling 954-243-0269.