Pet vaccinations are an important part of keeping your furry friend healthy and protected from several infectious diseases. From youth to adulthood, there are a series of vaccinations recommended to best protect your pet from these health risks.
Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza – This vaccination is recommended for puppies starting as early as 6-8 weeks of age, with a series of boosters up to 4 months of age. Adults can be boosted every 3 years. Distemper is a virus that causes respiratory, gastrointestinal and neurologic signs, and can be fatal especially in young dogs. Adenovirus causes infection of the liver. Parvovirus is a highly contagious, high-morbidity/mortality virus causing severe vomiting and diarrhea. Para-influenza virus causes respiratory symptoms.
Rabies – is a virus that is transmitted by bites and saliva. Rabies affects the neurologic system and is almost always fatal. Due to human health risk, Rabies vaccine is recommended for all dogs and cats and required in most areas.
Leptospirosis – is a bacterial infection that affects the liver and kidneys. The bacteria are harbored by numerous wild animals and domestic animals, including livestock. They are shed in urine, and then infect other animals via ingestion of contaminated water or contact with mucous membranes. Leptospirosis is one of the most common zoonotic diseases in the world, meaning it is contagious to humans.
Bordetella – is a bacterial respiratory infection that is highly contagious. If your dog goes to dog parks, grooming, boarding or daycare, we strongly recommend this vaccination. Most grooming and boarding facilities, including Stay! At Central, require it for pets to stay.
Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia – This vaccination is recommended for kittens starting as early as 6-8 weeks, with a series of boosters up to 4 months of age. Adults can be boosted every 3 years. Rhinotracheitis (Herpes) and Calicivirus are respiratory viruses that cause conjunctivitis, eye discharge, nasal discharge, and sneezing. Panleukopenia (also known as Feline Distemper) causes gastrointestinal symptoms and is highly contagious with high morbidity and mortality. Kittens infected in utero can develop cerebellar hypoplasia, leading to early age onset of tremors and ataxia (imbalance) that lasts for life.
Rabies – Due to human health risk and the high fatality rate in animals, routine Rabies vaccination is recommended for cats and kittens.
Feline Leukemia – Kittens, as well as adult cats that go outdoors, should receive this vaccine. Feline Leukemia is highly contagious via saliva and bites and can cause severe illness and death.
Whether you have a new puppy or kitten, or your pet needs vaccine boosters, we are here to help. Depending on their lifestyle and living area, we can recommend the set of pet vaccinations that will work best.
Contact Central Animal Hospital in Memphis, TN today for more information on vaccinations to protect your pet!