There can be much confusion about what vaccines are needed by your pet. No longer is there a “one size fits all” mentality about vaccinations. The exposure to other dogs, cats, and wildlife that your pet has will be one of the several factors that determine which vaccines our veterinarians will recommend. Once we understand your pet’s social lifestyle (this excludes online dating) we will recommend certain vaccines that are important to your pet’s health.
Our policy at Mixed Pet is to provide vaccines with the longest duration of immunity. Several of the dog and cat vaccines last for 2 or 3 years. If comparing costs, ensure that you are comparing apples to apples. Using these longer duration vaccines are a cost savings for our clients; just one of the many ways that we help you save money.
Rabies and FVRCP
The vaccines that are most important to cats are Rabies and FVRCP also know as Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, both cause respiratory infections and pneumonia, and Panleukopenia, actually this is a cat Parvovirus similar to the dog disease.
Feline Leukemia & Immunodeficiency Virus
Cats that go outside should be vaccinated against Feline Leukemia Virus, which usually causes death of infected cats, and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, which is actually Cats AIDS.
Also cats that go outside should be vaccinated against Bordetella to prevent this very serious respiratory infection that can cause pneumonia and even death.
Rabies and DAPPv
The vaccines that are considered most important to dogs are Rabies and DAPPv also know as Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus. These viruses cause different diseases that we can describe to you during your visit.
We also strongly recommend the Bordetella vaccine that will protect your pet from several different Upper Respiratory Infections. Bordetella was once called “Kennel Cough”, so unfortunately many people think it is a vaccine only for dogs that are boarded in a kennel. Not so, any dog exposed to other dogs (that means mostly all dogs) or places that they have been such as walking around the neighborhood can be exposed to the disease.
Vaccination is the only way to prevent infection. For dogs that are exposed to wildlife either in the neighborhoods, on greenways or dog parks vaccination against Leptospirosis is a must. This is a liver/kidney infection that is contagious to people, so protecting your pet will protect you.
This is a disease that has spread from horses to dogs. It has been recognized for about 7 years. Dogs that are not vaccinated can get very sick from this virus and some may even die. Pets are exposed to the virus from contact with other dogs at kennels, groomers, pet stores, or neighborhood walks.