Vaccines for your dog or cat

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Due to the development of vaccines, a great number of deadly infections have been eradicated for pets. There is no proof that mental or behavioral issues are connected to vaccines. Other people worry about the cost of vaccinations. However, the cost of diagnosing and treating an illness caused by a viral pathogen can run into thousands of dollars. A $20 vaccination is a better option than the alternative if a pet contracts a disease, therefore the vaccination is worth the money.

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Rabies

 

​Dogs (Canines) and Cats (Felines) Annual vaccine required by Alabama law

 

Dogs and cats are required by law to be vaccinated for rabies annually. Rabies is of particular importance because it is a zoonotic disease that affects all mammals including people. Rabies is always fatal and attacks the central nervous system. Transmitted primarily from bite wounds from infected from an infected animal but can also be contracted in rare cases from the saliva of an infected animal. 

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Dog (Canine) Vaccines

 

​Vaccines given as early as 6 weeks and then every three weeks

 

DHLPP-C is a five-way vaccine that includes viral diseases canine distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and bacterial infection leptospirosis 

 

Distemper (D) airborne widespread virus that is also transmitted through bodily fluids. It is an often fatal disease that causes respiratory and neurologic signs including seizures.

 

Adeno (type 1 & 2) (H) Type 1 causes infectious hepatitis which can cause liver failure and death.  Type 2 causes respiratory disease. 

 

Leptospirosis (L) is a zoonotic bacterial disease that can cause kidney failure, liver failure and death

 

Parainfluenza (P)

infectious tracheobronchitis respiratory disease. 

 

Parvovirus (P)

 Highly contagious causes severe dehydrating bloody diarrhea vomiting fever and can be fatal early 

 

Corona (C) contagious intestinal disease that causes vomiting and diarrhea.

Bordetella is a vaccine against kennel cough, a highly contagious bacterial respiratory disease that causes protracted coughing and can lead to difficulty breathing or pneumonia. Can be transmitted even through dogs sniffing each other during a walk. Vaccines are given annually as early as age 6-8 weeks with a booster four weeks later.

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Cat Vaccines

 

​Vaccines given as early as 6 weeks and then every three weeks.

 

FVRCP is a vaccine that is extremely effective in protecting your cat against several highly contagious and life-threatening diseases:

 

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FHV-1) is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a herpes virus that causes fever by inflammation sneezing in discharge from the eyes and nose.

 

Feline Calicivirus (FCV)  upper respiratory disease and oral diseases of cats that can cause mild to life-threatening clinical signs

 

 Feline Panleukopenia (FPL) is a widespread often fatal disease that causes fever, depression, loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea 

 

Chlamydia (C) a bacterial respiratory tract infection that is more common with boarding or cats in close quarters

 

FELV Feline Leukemia Viral disease attacks the immune system and puts cats affected at risk for secondary infections.  It is also an important cause of lymphoma which is cancer of the lymphatic system

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Canine Influenza

Canine influenza is a contagious, viral, respiratory disease of dogs. Signs include cough, runny nose, fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. Severe cases can progress to pneumonia and can be fatal. There is no cure and patients are treated symptomatically, therefore prevention is important. Annual vaccination is available that includes both H3N8 and H3N2 strains, and is essential for preventing spread of disease.