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.

Canine Vaccinations:

Rabies vaccine is required by law in PA (most states), as the disease is always fatal, and can be passed onto humans. But there are other diseases which 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 which can damage the central nervous system.  Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection which dogs can get from standing water,lakes etc. Squirrels, rats and other wild animals spread this when they urinate outside. Leptospirosisis 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 in order to be admitted. Dogs can get Bordetella even if they do not go to a kennel. The more dogs they are around (dog parks, groomer etc.) the more they are at risk. Canine Influenza is not seasonal, dogs can get this at anytime. Dogs that are around other dogs (dog shows, dog parks etc.) are at greater risk. Some kennels require this vaccine to board.

Rabies vaccine is first given at 12 weeks of age. This vaccine is good for 1 year after the first vaccine given. Then for 3 years IF a 3 year vaccine is given when next due.
Distemper/Parvo needs  3 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 2 vaccines before being good for a year, administered 3-4 weeks apart. Then yearly thereafter.

Feline Vaccinations:

Feline Distemper is a highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease in the cat population which can lead 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 which 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 which are allowed to go outside.

Feline Rabies is good for 1 year after first given. We use the Purevax vaccine that is not reactive.
Feline Distemper/Upper Respiratory needs 3 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 2 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 in order to prevent side effects.