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NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS MONTH
Five Reasons to Vaccinate Your Pet:
1. Vaccinations prevent many pet illnesses.
2. Vaccinations can help avoid costly treatments for diseases that can be prevented.
3. Vaccinations prevent diseases that can be passed not only from animal to animal but also from animal to human.
4. Diseases prevalent in wildlife, such as rabies and distemper, can infect unvaccinated pets.
5. Local or state ordinances in many areas require certain vaccinations of household pets.
Recommended for every healthy pet. >>
- this is a fatal viral disease of all mammals including dogs, cats, livestock and humans. Infected wildlife and unvaccinated animals are the source of this virus. Because rabies is a significant health hazard, it is extremely important to vaccinate your pet. In many states and cities, rabies vaccine is required by law.
Distemper/Parvo (Distemper-Adenovirus Type 2-Parainfluenza-Parvovirus) Vaccine - Parvovirus is highly contagious and debilitating virus is spread through infected fecal material. It is a very hardy virus and can survive in the environment for months or years. In severe cases, it can lead to shock and death. Vaccination against parvovirus is extremely important for all dogs. Vaccination against distemper virus is essential for all dogs. Nearly every dog will be exposed to distemper virus in its lifetime. In its final stages, distemper may cause convulsions. Death may occur one to three weeks after infection.
RCCP (Rhinotracheitis-Calici-Chlamydia-Panleukopenia) Vaccine -once known as "Feline Pneumonitis," this disease causes a relatively mild upper respiratory infection, particularly affecting the mucous membranes of the eyes. Boarding your cat increases its risk of chlamydia infection and disease. Panleukopenia or feline distemper is a widespread, often fatal disease. Since most cats are likely to be exposed to panleukopenia in their lifetime, vaccination against this illness is important.
Bordetella (Kennel Cough or Tracheobronchitis)
- Several types of bacteria and viruses are known to cause infection and inflammation of the lungs and respiratory passages of dogs. The most prevalent are adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza virus and Bordetella bronchiseptica. Dogs exposed to high population situations such as daycare, shelters, breeding facilities, boarding or the show circuit are at risk. These environments can increase stress and exposure to disease.
- The bacteria which causes Lyme disease in dogs and humans is carried by a specific tick species. Infected ticks, as small as the head of a pin, may inhabit lawns and gardens, as well as fields and forests. Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose because of the long incubation period and vague, arthritic, flu-like symptoms. As the disease progresses, Lyme-causing bacteria damage many different organs including the liver, heart, nervous system and kidneys.
Leukemia - The viral disease attacks the immune system and leave the cat vulnerable to a host of secondary infections. There is no known relationship between FeLV and leukemia as it occurs in humans. Because the transmission usually occurs through contact with other felines, those cats that live in multi-cat households or are allowed to roam outdoors are particularly at risk.
Non - Core Vaccines
<< May be advised based on your pets lifestyle.
Do Pet Vaccines Have Side Effects That I Should Be Concerned About?
It is common for pets to experience some or all of the following mild side effects after receiving a vaccination >>
Discomfort and local swelling at the vaccination site
Decreased appetite and activity
Sneezing, mild coughing, "snotty nose" or other respiratory signs may occur 2-5 days after your pet receives
More serious, but less common side effects may occur such as:
Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
Itchy skin that may seem bumpy ("hives")
Swelling of the muzzle and around the face, neck or eyes
Severe coughing or difficulty breathing
These reactions can be life-threatening and are medical emergencies, seek veterinary care immediately if any of these signs occur.
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