Vaccines Reinforce Your Pet's Immunity to Disease
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Vaccines are not a cure-all for pets, but they can make a big difference in their health and life. Being close to the Mississippi River means that area pets are vulnerable to various diseases such as leptospirosis, parvovirus, rabies, distemper, and feline leukemia. Dr. Scotchie Davis and Dr. Tim Fleming work with every client to ensure that their pets stay immune to these and other diseases for as long as possible.
Diseases You Should Know
Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria found in water and warm damp soil. Clinical signs include fever, lack of appetite, and lethargy. If left untreated, lepto can infect the heart, liver, lungs, brain, and kidneys. Dogs that spend time outdoors near bodies of water and in areas with frequent wildlife traffic are most at risk.
Center Hill Animal Clinic offers a 4-way lepto vaccine to give your pet maximum protection.
Puppies and dogs are most at risk for canine distemper, a disease that affects the gastrointestinal, nervous, and respiratory systems. Symptoms include fever, coughing, lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle twitches, and seizures. Catching this disease early is imperative in treating it successfully and giving the animal affected a chance to recover.
Feline leukemia is a life-threatening illness that we see often here in Olive Branch due to a large stray cat population. It is incurable, highly contagious, and may not show clinical signs in infected animals for several years. If your cat goes outdoors, make sure they’re tested and vaccinated regularly for feline leukemia. Clinical signs include pale gums, weight loss, lethargy, fever, and diarrhea.
Canine parvovirus is a deadly infection that mainly affects unvaccinated dogs, and puppies under four months old. Parvo targets the gastrointestinal tract, with symptoms including lethargy, vomiting, severe and often bloody diarrhea, fever or hypothermia, and dehydration. Parvo is usually spread via dog-to-dog contact or contact with contaminated feces. Any dog that might be infected needs to be treated immediately. Despite vaccination, some dogs do not build enough immunity and may remain vulnerable to infection.
Vaccines We Recommend for Dogs and Cats
We offer the following vaccines to help our canine and feline patients stay protected:
- 4-way Lepto
- Bordetella (kennel cough)
- FVRCP (feline distemper)
- Feline leukemia
Vaccines should be given based on your pet’s level of risk, where they live, where and how often they travel, and other factors. However, just because your pet spends most, if not all, of their time indoors doesn’t mean they’re fully protected. Parasites, bacteria, and viruses can still find their way into your home.
Is Your Pet Protected?
Contact Center Hill Animal Clinic to request an appointment and get your pet up to date and protected with their vaccinations. If you have concerns or questions about the safety of vaccines, please call (662) 895-8387.