Whether you have a dog or cat, vaccinations are an important part of your pet’s health. At Animal Health Care Center, we are committed to providing the best care for each individual pet that visits our clinic. Below you will find a list of common vaccines and descriptions. Feel free to discuss with us any questions that you may have regarding your pet’s recommended vaccination schedule.
DHPP Vaccine (Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus, and Parainfluenza):
- Distemper is a widespread virus with a high mortality rate in dogs. It infects various tissues in the body, and is very easily transmitted.
- Parvovirus is a highly contagious and potentially fatal intestinal virus. It causes severe diarrhea and vomiting. It can be transmitted through direct contact with feces or surfaces that have been exposed to the virus. Parvo can live in the environment (in soil, on surfaces in your home, on toys, etc.) for extended periods of time. Appropriate vaccination is essential to protecting your new puppy.
- Adenovirus (canine hepatitis) affects multiple organ systems including the liver, kidneys, spleen, and lungs. Adenovirus can cause chronic hepatitis, and serious cases could result in death.
- Parainfluenza is an infectious upper respiratory virus. It causes cough, lethargy, fever, and eye/nose discharge. Though the virus itself is not life threatening, it can lead to a much more serious disease such as pneumonia.
Rabies is a disease passed between mammals, usually through bite wounds. It is a zoonotic disease, which means humans can be affected. State law requires all dogs be vaccinated for this disease at the appropriate age.
This vaccine helps protect your pet from a bacterial infection that affects the respiratory system. Though this vaccine does not offer 100% protection, it does lessen symptoms of exposed dogs, and speeds their recovery time. If your pet frequents dog parks, pet stores, boarding/grooming facilities, or other heavy pet traffic areas, this vaccine is highly recommended.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that can cause severe damage to the liver and kidneys. This is also a zoonotic disease, meaning humans can be affected. Leptospirosis is most commonly transmitted by contact with stagnant water. If your pet frequents lakes, ponds, etc., this vaccine is highly recommended.
Canine Influenza Vaccine:
Canine influenza is a relatively new disease that presents much like kennel cough. Canine influenza spreads easily in crowded conditions such as boarding/grooming facilities, and can be carried on our clothing/skin. This vaccination is required for your pet to board with us, and is recommended if your pet is boarded or groomed elsewhere.
Lyme disease is a bacterial disease that is transmitted by ticks. It causes fever, lethargy, lameness, and joint pain. This disease also has the potential to cause kidney failure, heart, and nervous system disease.