Vaccines not only protect your pet from potentially deadly diseases, they also prevent their spread—in fact, you might say vaccinations are your pet’s best “shot” at staying healthy!
Over the years, vaccines against dangerous illnesses and have saved millions of pets and virtually eliminated some fatal diseases that were once common. While we believe in the importance of vaccinating pets, we also understand that not every vaccination is right for every pet. At Lakeview Veterinary Hospital, we’ll customize a vaccination plan specifically for your pet based on age, lifestyle and health.
While there are many different types of vaccines, they all work by preparing your pet’s body to defend itself against a virus or bacteria that causes disease. They do this by imitating an infection, causing the body to produce disease-fighting antibodies. Some of the more important vaccinations for pets include:
Prevention of this deadly disease is not only extremely important for dogs and cats, it is a legal requirement—and for good reason. With a 99.95% mortality rate, it remains one of the world’s deadliest diseases.
DA2PP—Distemper, Adenovirus-2, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus
Canine distemper is a highly contagious illness that resembles measles for humans, while adenovirus-2 and parainfluenza are related to kennel cough. Parvovirus has a high mortality rate and can survive in an infected area for up to a year.
If you have a dog that loves to go on adventures, or even one that spends a lot of time outdoors in a yard where there’s wildlife, then a leptospirosis vaccination is important. This disease is transmitted through direct contact with contaminated urine, water or soil and is zoonotic—meaning it can be passed to humans.
Canine Influenza (CIV)
There has been a significant outbreaks of this highly contagious respiratory disease across the country. Elderly dogs and those with existing heart and lung conditions as well as those who regularly encounter other dogs (through boarding or at dog parks) should be vaccinated.
This is another vaccination you should seriously consider—and may be required—if your dog is a social butterfly. Bordetella causes inflammation of the upper respiratory system which leads to coughing and illness, ultimately exposing your pet to secondary infections.
FIV—Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
FIV is most commonly transmitted through wounds accrued from biting and fighting. There is no cure for FIV, so the best way to avoid it for your cat is by proper prevention.
FeLV—Feline Leukemia Virus
Feline leukemia virus is commonly transmitted when cats groom each other, fight or share a water bowl. The disease can target your cat’s white blood cells, making your feline more vulnerable to serious illness.
Want to know more or need to make an appointment to get your pet vaccinated? Call us at 504-613-5971.