A series of vaccinations for puppies and kittens and regularly scheduled annual vaccines for adult dogs and cats are one of the best ways to ensure that your pet is protected from deadly infectious diseases. During their first few weeks of life, puppies and kittens continue to carry special protective antibodies transferred to them by their mother’s milk. Until 6-8 weeks of age, these antibodies would interfere with vaccinations. For this reason, vaccines are given around 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age. Below are the various diseases that our vaccinations will protect against.
- Canine Distemper – extremely contagious, life-threatening viral disease – can cause fever, pneumonia, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty walking, and seizures – airborne; spread through respiratory secretions
- Canine Parvovirus – extremely contagious, life-threatening viral disease – can cause severe inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and anorexia – spread through feces – very difficult to kill in the environment
- Canine Parainfluenza Virus, Adenovirus 2, and Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria – viruses and bacteria that cause “kennel cough” – highly contagious respiratory disease that causes a dry, hacking cough – airborne; spread through respiratory secretions
- Rabies – fatal viral disease that primarily affects the neurologic and muscular systems – vaccine is required by law due to its potential for human infection
- Lyme Disease – disease caused by bacteria – spread by infected deer ticks – can cause painful, swollen joints, fever, lameness, lethargy, enlarged lymph nodes, and sometimes, a skin rash
Feline Panleukopenia – AKA “feline distemper” – a highly contagious, potentially fatal, viral disease that can cause extreme listlessness, loss of appetite, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea – spread through the feces and can survive in extreme temperatures and humidity
Feline Herpesvirus (cause of feline rhinotracheitis) and Feline Calicivirus – two potentially serious (and sometimes fatal) upper respiratory tract diseases – can cause sneezing, runny eyes, runny nose, fever, and mouth ulcers – spread through secretions from the eyes, nose, and mouth of infected cats or even contaminated objects
Feline Chlamydiosis – bacterial infection that can cause conjunctivitis (inflammation of the tissues that line the eyelids), sneezing, nasal discharge – spread through direct contact with an infected cat
Feline Leukemia – very serious viral disease that causes deficiency of the immune system, leading to anemia, cancer, and a plethora or secondary infections – spread through the saliva, other bodily secretions, and from mother to kitten – THIS VACCINE IS RECOMMENDED ESPECIALLY FOR ANY CAT THAT GOES OUTSIDE!
Rabies – fatal viral disease that primarily affects the neurologic and muscular systems – vaccine is required by law due to its potential for human infection