Why is it important to vaccinate your pet?
Without proper pet vaccinations, your dog, puppy or cat is at risk of contracting one of several possibly fatal infectious diseases, most of which can be prevented with routine vaccinations. Vaccines are usually effective in more than 95% of pets vaccinated. Additionally, routinely vaccinating your dog or cat is often cheaper than paying for treating your sick pet later, and it reduces virus transmission in the pet population.
Dog and Puppy Vaccines
Cat and Kitten Vaccines
Rabies: Rabies is a fatal virus that affects the central nervous system of almost all mammals, including humans. The virus is most common in dogs, puppies, bats, cats, and raccoon's. It is spread by contact with saliva on an open wound of the skin. The virus causes behavior changes, seizures, and death. Law requires rabies vaccination. Vaccinations should be given at 16 weeks of age and bolstered after 1 year for your puppy. After that the vaccine can be bolstered every 3 years.
DA2PPV: This vaccine protects against Distemper, Adenovirus type 2, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus.
Distemper is a viral disease that effects the entire body of the dog and is highly contagious. It can cause fever, vomiting, diarrhea, as well as neurological symptoms.
Adenovirus type 2 is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection. It causes fever, runny nose, and a harsh cough that often causes retching or gagging.
Parainfluenza is a respiratory disease that causes fever and coughing. The disease itself is often mild but the dog or puppy can develop a secondary bacterial infection.
Parvovirus is an intestinal disease that causes abdominal pain, severe bloody diarrhea, depression, lethargy, and loss of appetite. It ranges from mild to severe and can be fatal. It is highly contagious and is transferred through contact with contaminated feces.
DA2PPV is given between 8-12 weeks for your puppy, and boostered between 12-16 weeks and again between 16-20 weeks. After that yearly boosters of DA2PPV are required.
Bordetella: Bordetella Bronchiseptica is a bacterial agent that causes the respiratory disease commonly known as kennel cough. Kennel cough is characterized by a harsh, chronic cough, as well as possible nasal discharge and sneezing. It is usually considered to be a self-limiting disease, unless pneumonia develops from secondary bacterial complications. The dry, non-productive cough may last for weeks to months after the resolution of the clinical disease due to the damage done to the trachea. Most boarding facilities require this vaccine and dogs that live in shelters, pounds, or kennels should receive protection through the vaccination. The vaccine is given intranasal every 6 months for your dog or puppy.
Lepto: Leptospirosis is an infectious bacterial disease transmitted by contact with the urine of an infected dog, rat, or other wildlife. Infection occurs through oral mucous membranes, the cornea of the eye, and the skin. The disease can produce very severe symptoms of high fever, depression, jaundice, internal bleeding, and eventual death. Recovered animals may suffer from chronic kidney disease. We recommend this vaccine for all dogs and puppies. It is given between 8-12 weeks and bolstered between 12-16 weeks for your puppy. After that it is good for 1 year for most dogs.
Rabies: Rabies is a fatal virus that affects the central nervous system of almost all mammals, including humans. The virus is most common in dogs, bats, cats, and raccoon's. It is spread by contact with saliva on an open wound of the skin. The virus causes behavior changes, seizures, and death. Law requires rabies vaccination. Vaccinations should be given at 16 weeks of age and bolstered after 1 year. After that the vaccine can be bolstered every 3 years for your cat.
FVRCP: This vaccine protects against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. Cat viral rhinotracheitis is a very contagious upper respiratory infection in cats. It is more common and more serious in kittens, but cats of any age can get it. It causes coughing, sneezing, eye and nasal discharge, and abortion in pregnant cats. Calicivirus is a respiratory virus which causes oral ulcers and blisters and leads to pneumonia and possibly death. Panleukopenia, or feline distemper, is a contagious viral disease that primarily affects young kittens, but any aged cat is susceptible. This virus is generally widespread, and natural exposure is common for cats. Despite early maternal protection, infection of newborn kittens is frequent. Clinical signs include: fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, depression, diarrhea, dehydration, and death in some cats.
FeLV: This virus causes fatal infection in cats. There is no cure. It is similar to Leukemia in humans and can also cause cancer. Cats can be born with this virus or contract it from other cats. However, the virus can be prevented if the cat is not already infected. Therefore, we recommend vaccinating because there is no cure once a cat has it. We also recommend the FeLV test to all cat owners if their cat has never been tested. This test is a snap test that takes just a few minutes to complete. A small sample of your cat's blood is taken and placed on the snap test along with a special solution. The mixture is allowed to sit for 10 minutes and then is read.