Protecting Anoka MN Dogs & Cats From Pet Diseases
Vaccinations are our first defense against the serious and deadly diseases that threaten your dog or cat. Vaccines prepare the body’s immune system to fight the invasion of disease-causing organisms. When the vaccine is introduced to the body, the immune system is stimulated. Then, if your pet is ever exposed to the disease, the immune system is prepared to recognize and fight it off entirely or reduce its severity.
Vaccines are given to dogs and cats initially at approximately 6 weeks of age and, upon completion of the initial puppy or kitten series, boosters are required regularly for ongoing disease protection. Every pet is different and the professionals at Rum River Veterinary Clinic will determine which vaccines your pet needs based upon age, health concerns, and lifestyle.
Some typical vaccines for canines include protection from the following diseases:
- Canine adenovirus—Causes infectious hepatitis and respiratory infection
- Canine distemper—Often fatal, it attacks the respiratory, intestinal, and nervous systems
- Canine parvovirus—Causes dehydration, diarrhea, and vomiting and is especially dangerous to puppies
- Canine parainfluenza—Causes respiratory infection
- Canine bordetella—Causes the respiratory infection called kennel cough
- Canine lyme disease—Causes arthritis, lethargy, and in serious cases, kidney disease
- Canine influenza—Causes respiratory infection called canine flu
Some typical vaccines for felines include protection from the following diseases:
- Feline panleukopenia (distemper)—Extremely contagious and often fatal, causes fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR)—Highly contagious respiratory disease causes sneezing, fever, loss of appetite, and inflammation of the eyes
- Feline calicivirus—Serious respiratory infection, often occurring simultaneously with FVR
- Feline leukemia—A virus that can cause various symptoms and may be fatal
Some vaccines protect against zoonotic diseases, which are those that can be passed from pets to humans. Examples of zoonotic diseases in pets are:
- Rabies—A fatal virus that attacks the nervous system
- Canine leptospirosis—A bacterial infection leading to kidney or liver damage
Learn more about zoonotic diseases and how to protect your family at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
To learn more about Lyme Disease, read this informative handout.
Read more about the dangers of Heartworm Disease and how we can help prevent it.
Contact Rum River Veterinary Clinic to schedule your dog or cat for a wellness visit and to establish a vaccination schedule tailored to your pet’s needs.