Preventative Pet Vaccinations for Carmel Residents
When you get your pet vaccinated, you prevent your loyal companion from contracting highly contagious and potentially deadly diseases. Many of these diseases can be transferred to your pet from wildlife, like rabies or distemper. Some of them, like leptospirosis can be transferred from bacteria. In fact, any living organism can be a disease carrier. As a puppy or kitten grows, they receive less protective antigens from their mother’s milk and it’s important we administer pet vaccinations at the proper time.
Giving Essential Protection
Being an AAHA accredited hospital at Hazel Dell Animal Hospital, we follow the most current vaccination practices and guidelines in veterinary medicine. “Core” vaccinations will be administered to your pet and we will determine whether they need additional vaccinations to give them optimal protection.
For dogs, “core” vaccinations protect from:
- Distemper, which can destroy the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous system.
- Hepatitis, which infects the liver and causes symptoms from mucous discharge to death.
- Parvovirus, which attacks gastrointestinal tracts and is extremely contagious.
- Parainfluenza, which is a respiratory virus that is extremely contagious and causes canine cough.
- Rabies, which vaccination from is required by law.
For cats, “core” vaccinations protect from:
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis, which is a respiratory disease that causes sneezing, depression and fever.
- Calicivirus, which attacks your cat’s lung and nasal passages.
- Panleukopenia, which is a deadly disease that destroys cells found in bone marrow, intestines and fetuses.
When Your Pet Should Get Vaccinated
We customize vaccinations according to your pet’s lifestyle, and we’ll recommend that boosters be administered either every year or every three years in adult pets. Puppies and kittens should receive their initial round of vaccinations between six to eight weeks. After this, they should receive boosters every three to four weeks until about 15-week’s old. This ensures that your fur-baby receives optimal protection and that we fully strengthen their immune system. Your pet’s wellness care visit is the perfect time to receive maintenance vaccinations for your adult pet. Remember to bring a new puppy or kitten in for wellness care ASAP to determine a vaccination schedule. Please contact us with any questions about pet wellness care. We’re happy to help the pets and people of Carmel.