Vaccinations are developed to cause safety immune reactions, as well as prepare the body's immune system to combat future infections. Pets obtain vaccinations for the same reason that people do: to avoid illness. By doing so, it minimizes pets suffering and is also commonly a lot more inexpensive than spending for the treatment of unwell pets.
Veterinarians concur that the prevalent use of vaccinations within the last century has decreased fatality and also illness in numerous pets. Vaccinations help secure your animal from extremely infectious and sometimes fatal conditions.
Vaccinations at North Coast Pet Clinic are administered by Dr. Gladney and our veterinary technicians. Our staff is trained to handle nervous and anxious pets that may be troubled when going to get vaccines. We will do our very best to comfort your animal and assure them that they are not being harmed.
Below is a list of vaccinations we offer and what they protect against:
- Rabies: This vaccination protects pets and humans from this deadly virus. It is an incurable, fatal disease and the vaccination is required by law for canines and felines.
- Da2ppC (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus): Sometimes referred to as the "5-way" vaccine, this vaccination is considered a core vaccine for canines. It helps protect them from some of the most common canine viruses that can cause severe illness and death.
- Bordetella (the kennel cough vaccine): This vaccination protects our canine pets from some of the upper respiratory bacteria that causes kennel cough, which is similar to "whooping cough" in humans. It is an airborne virus bacteria that is highly contagious. If your pet goes to the groomer, dog park, or kennel-they most certainly need this vaccine!
- Leptospirosis: This vaccination protects you and your dog from the leptospirosis disease that is commonly carried by the wildlife in our region. This disease is zoonotic-meaning your dog can give it to you! The bacteria is contracted by your dog when they come into contact with infected urine or water contaminated with infected urine. It can cause acute liver/kidney disease and can be fatal to your pet. In humans it can lead to kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure, respiratory distress, and even death. In our region we do consider this a core vaccine and although not mandatory, it is highly recommended.
- Canine Influenza: This vaccination protects your dog from two types of the influenza virus. It is often mistaken for "kennel cough" and is also highly contagious. Although it is not considered a core vaccine-we do highly recommend it for pets that travel or are exposed to other canines frequently.
- FVRCP (Feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia): This vaccination is part of the core vaccines we give to felines to protect them from the most common viruses that cause severe illness and death.
- Feline Leukemia: This vaccination is given to felines annually, especially those that are exposed to the outdoors. Sometimes called the "Friendly cat virus" due to being transmitted by saliva with cats that groom each other or share water sources. It can even be spread with nose to nose contact. It is the cause of more feline deaths, directly or indirectly, than any other organism and is widespread in the cat population.