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Vaccinations:

Feline:

FVRCP (Feline distemper): This is a combination vaccine for cats. It is given once a year after an initial series of 3 – 4 vaccines as a kitten.

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR):This is a highly contagious upper respiratory virus that is very serious in kittens although it can affect cats of any age. It is transmitted through any bodily fluids, including nasal and eye discharge or saliva. Symptoms include fever, tearing, discharge from the eyes and nose, coughing, and salivation. Recovered cats become carriers for life. They may or may not experience signs of the disease, but will continue to shed the virus intermittently.

Calicivirus: It is a highly contagious upper respiratory disease transmitted by bodily fluids. Symptoms include fever, pneumonia, and ulcers or blisters on the tongue. Just like Rhinotracheitis, the recovered cats will be a carrier for life.

Panleukopenia (feline distemper): This is a highly contagious viral disease. Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, depression, diarrhea, and dehydration. Recovered cats can shed the virus for up to 6 weeks and infect unprotected cats.

Feline Leukemia (FeLV): The highly contagious immune deficiency disease. It is the leading cause of death in cats. It is a fatal disease on its own, but it also breaks down the cat’s protective immune response so that the cat cannot fight off infections it would normally be able to resist. The virus dies very quickly outside the body so it must be transmitted by direct contact with an infected cat. We can administer a vaccine yearly after the initial series of two vaccines give three weeks apart. This vaccine is recommended for cats that go outdoors.

Rabies: Of all animal diseases, rabies is probably the most feared. It is transmitted by a bite. The rabies virus attacks the brain and is always fatal. This disease affects all mammals, including humans. Skunks, raccoons, foxes, and bats are the most common carriers of the rabies virus. All pets are at risk, even those that are not allowed outside. If for some reason a pet escapes accidentally from the home and encounters a wild animal infected with rabies they will not survive if unvaccinated. The vaccine is offered in a 1 year or a 3 year shot. The initial vaccine must be a 1 year. After that, you have the option between the 1 and 3 year vaccine.

Early vaccination is the key to prevention of these diseases.

Canine Vaccinations:

DHPP (Canine distemper): This is a combination vaccine for dogs and is administered yearly after an initial series of 3 – 4 shots given three weeks apart as a puppy.

Distemper: Is a highly contagious viral disease affecting respiratory and nervous systems. It is contract through vomit, diarrhea, wild life feces, and ANY bodily fluids. Symptoms include fever, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Hepatitis: Is a contagious disease of the liver. It is contracted by direct contact with bodily fluids, blood, or urine. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. It can also cause severe kidney damage.

Parvovirus: Is a highly contagious disease contracted by contaminated feces. The disease can be carried by the dog’s hair and feet, contaminating cages, shoes and other objects. It causes severe diarrhea and vomiting and often leads to death.

Parainfluenza: This is a highly contagious airborne viral respiratory disease that lives in the lungs.

Lyme: This is a bacterial disease transmitted by ticks. This vaccine is highly recommended if you live in, or go to heavily wooded areas, or will be taking your dog camping, hunting, hiking, or fishing. Symptoms of this disease include: Lameness or stiffness, swelling of limbs or joints, fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and vomiting. The first time this vaccine is given, includes a series of two vaccines three weeks apart. After that, it is boosted once a year.

Bordetella (Kennel Cough): This is a highly contagious bacterial disease of the upper respiratory tract that is transmitted through the air. It causes a harsh, dry cough that is often followed by gagging and coughing up foamy mucus. The vaccine is usually mandatory for pets who go to boarding facilities, are groomed, those that are enrolled in puppy classes, and dogs that attend dog parks frequently. This is a yearly vaccine

Rabies: Of all animal diseases, rabies is probably the most feared. It is transmitted by a bite. The rabies virus attacks the brain and is always fatal. This disease affects all mammals, including humans. Skunks, raccoons, foxes, and bats are the most common carriers of the rabies virus. All pets are at risk, even those that are not allowed outside. If for some reason a pet escapes accidentally from the home and encounters a wild animal infected with rabies they will not survive if unvaccinated. The vaccine is offered in a 1 year or a 3 year shot. The first time a rabies vaccine is given, it must be a 1 year. After that, you do have the option between the 1 and a 3 year vaccine.

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