Let’s Talk Vaccinations!

Core vaccines
 are recommended for all puppies and dogs with an unknown vaccination history. The diseases involved have significant morbidity and mortality and are widely distributed, and in general, vaccination results in relatively good protection from disease. These include vaccines for canine parvovirus (CPV), canine distemper virus (CDV), canine adenovirus (CAV), and rabies.

Why does my dog need to be vaccinated for Distemper? Distemper is a highly contagious virus that is found worldwide. This virus is normally a gastrointestinal problem, such as diarrhea, or a respiratory problems like an ongoing cough or nasal discharge. It can later progress to neurologic tissue and cause signs such as circling, head tilt, ataxia and seizures. The vaccine for Distemper is part of the core vaccine protocol for puppies because the virus have an extremely high mortality rate.

Parvovirus is a high contagious virus that lives in the small intestines of dogs. Signs of Parvo virus include diarrhea, lethargy, anorexia, vomiting, and sometimes death!  Young puppies are mostsusceptible to this virus. We begin vaccinating puppies against Parvo virus at 6-8 weeks old. This vaccine is combined with the Distemper, Adenovirus-2, and parainfluenza vaccine in one injection making it easier for our little pups to handle.


The definitions of core and non-core vaccines described in the canine vaccination guidelines above also apply to the feline vaccines. The core feline vaccines are those for feline herpesvirus 1 (FHV1), feline calicivirus (FCV), feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) and rabies.

Any cat that enjoy the great outdoors, or have a housemate that does, should be vaccinated against Feline Leukemia Virus. When a kitten first comes to see us, we test for Feline Leukemia. If they test negative, we will vaccinate them as kittens and again on their 1st birthday.We continue to booster this vaccine for kitties every two years. If you cat does test positive for this virus, we can guide you through the best way to care for your kitty! Remember, many cats with Feline Leukemia virus live a long life.

Feline Leukemia Virus is spread through bodily fluids and causes immunosuppression, bone marrow suppression, and increases their risk of cancer. Clinical signs include depression, lethargy, enlarged lymph nodes, along with signs caused by secondary infections. If your kitty has any of these symptoms call and make an appointment so we can help you care for your feline friend.