Vaccinating your pet can save its life!
New Puppies and Kittens
Puppies, kittens, and in general, any Newly Adopted Pets all need to be seen as soon as possible upon adoption/purchase for a full physical examination. Puppies and kittens should be vaccinated at approximately 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age so that they can form a proper immunity to common diseases.
The Rabies vaccine is required by law in PA (most states), as the disease is always fatal and can be passed onto humans. But other diseases can kill a pet or send them to the hospital for weeks. Parvovirus is a vomiting and diarrhea virus. 50% of dogs that get Parvo die from the disease. Canine Distemper is a contagious and serious virus with no known cure that can damage the central nervous system. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that dogs can get from standing water, lakes, etc. Squirrels, rats, and other wild animals spread this when they urinate outside. Leptospirosis is one of the few diseases people can catch from their pets. Lyme Disease is transmitted by ticks, just like it is to people; it makes dogs lethargic and lame, and if left untreated, can damage the kidneys. Bordetella is sometimes known as kennel cough, coughing, sneezing, congestion. Most kennels require dogs to have received this vaccine to be admitted. Dogs can get Bordetella even if they do not go to a kennel. The more dogs they are around (dog parks, groomers, etc.), the more they are at risk. Canine Influenza is not seasonal; dogs can get this at any time. Dogs around other dogs (dog shows, dog parks, etc.) are at greater risk. Some kennels require this vaccine to board.
The Rabies vaccine is first given at 12 weeks of age. This vaccine is good for one year after the first vaccine is given. Then for three years, IF a three-year vaccine is given when next due.
Distemper/Parvo needs three vaccines to be good for a year. Given 3-4 weeks apart. The last dose at 16 wks of age or older. Then a yearly booster to continue to protect your pet.
Bordetella can be given intranasally (liquid dropped in the nose) the mucus membranes develop an immunity right where the germ is inhaled.
Lyme and Canine Influenza need two vaccines before being good for a year, administered 3-4 weeks apart. Then yearly after that.
Feline Distemper is a highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease in the cat population, leading to an anemic condition, leaving the body open to infections from other illnesses. Upper Respiratory a bacteria-based chronic respiratory infection.
FeLV = Feline leukemia virus is a disease that impairs the cat’s immune system and causes certain types of cancer. This virus is responsible for a majority of deaths in household cats and affects all breeds. All kittens/new adoptions should be tested for this disease at their first appointment. FeLV is usually contracted from cat-to-cat transmission (e.g., bites, close contact, grooming, and sharing dishes or litter pans). It can also be transmitted to a kitten at birth or through the mother’s milk. Kittens are significantly more susceptible to the virus, as are males and cats allowed to go outside.
Feline Rabies is good for one year after the first given. We use the Purevax vaccine that is not reactive.
Feline Distemper/Upper Respiratory needs three vaccines to be good for a year, given 3-4 weeks apart, with the last dose given at 16 weeks of age or older.
FeLV needs two vaccines to be good for a year, given 3-4 weeks apart. Our feline rabies and feline distemper vaccine are special formulas designed to have fewer side-effects.
Any vomiting, swelling, or hives post-vaccination need to be seen back at the hospital ASAP. This is rare but can be a side-effect of vaccination. Pets with vaccine reactions can be pretreated before their next vaccine to prevent side effects.