Canine Distemper (DHLPP-C)
The canine distemper vaccine used here is a combination of 6 different viral and bacterial vaccines. The agents vaccinated against are responsible for diseases of the brain, lungs, liver, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract. We recommend an initial series of three shots beginning at 8 weeks of age with 3-4 week intervals between. Annual boosters are recommended to maintain immunity. For puppies less than 8 weeks talk with your doctor for recommendations.
Bordetella Bronchiseptica is a bacteria implicated as one of the causes of kennel cough. It is a highly contagious disease that is difficult to eradicate with antibiotic treatment. We recommend a series of two shots beginning at 8 weeks of age and then repeated 3-4 weeks later. Annual boosters are generally recommended but for animals often boarded or at great risk of exposure more frequent boosters may be required to maintain protection.
Rabies is a fatal infectious neurologic disease passed in the saliva of infected animals. Rabies is a disease that can be passed to owners from their pets. We recommend annual vaccination against this disease starting at 16 weeks of age. Proof of rabies vaccination is required to license your pet.
**Canine distemper, Bordetella and rabies are required for hospitalization at this clinic. Most boarding/grooming facilities also require these vaccinations.**
Lyme disease is a tick-borne bacterial disease present in this area that can cause lameness and flu like symptoms. Vaccination helps to prevent infection. Clinical signs of Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics, but infection may persist to cause chronic problems such as kidney disease. We recommend vaccination for all dogs that may be exposed to ticks while hunting, camping or on walks along the Mississippi river. Vaccination can begin at 9 weeks of age or older with a series of two shots 3-4 weeks apart. Annual boosters are needed to maintain immunity.
Canine influenza (H3N2-H3N8) is a highly contagious virus of dogs. Infected dogs typically have a persistent cough, which can last up to one month. Other signs include fever, nasal discharge, and lack of energy. Dogs can be exposed at dog parks, grooming and boarding facilities. The canine influenza vaccine has been shown to reduce the severity of the clinical signs of infection. Initial vaccination consists of two doses 2-4 weeks apart followed by an annual booster.
Vaccine reactions are uncommon, but occur in about 0.5% of pets. They generally occur within 1-2 hours of vaccines. Most pets experience some lethargy or soreness. Please follow up with a vet if facial swelling, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or profound lethargy occurs.
Heartworm disease is caused by a blood parasite spread by mosquitoes. These parasites reproduce in the heart and great vessels and with large numbers can lead to heart failure. Treatment of established heartworm infection has many associated risks. Annual spring testing for heartworm disease with preventative treatment through December 1st is the best way to avoid problems. Heartworm preventative can be given to puppies too young for testing
Intestinal parasites in puppies and kittens are very common, and can lead to disease in people. For that reason, we recommend two fecal examinations for all new pets, especially puppies and kittens to identify infection. We recommend annual fecal testing in all adult patients or if exhibiting GI signs.
Feline Distemper (FVRCP)
The feline distemper vaccine is a combination of three viral agents that cause contagious respiratory, gastrointestinal and immune suppressive diseases. An initial series of three shots at 3-4 week intervals starting at 8 weeks of age builds immunity. Annual boosters are recommended to maintain protections. If your kitten is less than 8 weeks of age discuss vaccination with your doctor.
Rabies is a fatal infectious neurological disease passed in the saliva of infected animals. Rabies is a disease that can be passed to owners from their pets. Proof of rabies vaccination is required to license your pet.
Feline Leukemia (FELV)
Feline leukemia is a retroviral infection that causes chronic immune suppression and neoplastic diseases in the cat. FELV is spread through contact with other cats. Vaccination consists of two shots 3-4 weeks apart starting after 9 weeks of age with annual boosters. Feline leukemia testing is required prior to vaccination.
We recommend testing all young kittens and new additions to the household for FIV as well as FELV to ensure that they are not a risk to other cats in the household, or likely to suffer from chronic medical problems that may shorten their life such as a suppressed immune system.
Vaccine reactions are uncommon, but occur in about 0.5% of pets. They generally occur within 1-2 hours of vaccines. Most pets experience some lethargy or soreness. Please follow up with a vet if facial swelling, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or profound lethargy occurs. Even rarer are injection-site sarcomas. These occur in approximately 1 in 10,000 cats that are genetically predisposed. Please let us know if you find any persistent swellings or masses on your cat.
Intestinal parasites in puppies and kittens are very common and can lead to disease in people. For that reason, we recommend two fecal examinations for all new puppies and kittens to identify infection. We recommend annual fecals in adult patients or anytime they are exhibiting GI symptoms.
Feline Heartworm Disease
Heartworm disease in cats is much less common than in dogs. The smallest of heartworm burdens in the cat can have severe medical consequences resulting in death. At this time there is not safe treatment for heartworm disease in the cat. Preventative medications are currently available to combat this potentially fatal disease. Heartworm testing is available to evaluate your cat’s risk.
Fleas/mites can infect cats of any age and lifestyle—even indoor cats. Fleas can make a pet very uncomfortable and are frustrating to get rid of once in the bedding and carpeting of a home. Monthly topical preventatives are available to prevent infestations.
A microchip is a permanent identification chip about the size of a grain of rice that is placed under the skin of a pet. It reads a unique number that can be registered to you. If your pet gets lost, shelters or clinics can scan the chip, find the unique number, and track it to your contact information in order to reunite you with your pet