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Pet Vaccinations Essential to Pet Wellness Care


Pet vaccinations are the best way to protect your pet against highly contagious illnesses, including parvo, distemper and rabies. Our Toledo veterinarian strongly recommends the core vaccination series for all pets, along with rabies vaccination. Dog and cat vaccines can not only save your pet’s life, but also protect your family members, especially younger children, from contracting rabies.

Dog & Cat Vaccines Available at Your Toledo Animal Hospital

The canine core vaccination (DHPP) is a combined shot protecting against distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus. For felines, the core vaccination series is the combined FVRCP vaccine, which protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus infection and panleukopenia. After a pet is vaccinated, regular booster shots are necessary to maintain immunity. Depending on which vaccination is administered, a booster shot may be necessary every one or three years.

In addition to core vaccinations, your pet may benefit from additional vaccines. For example, dogs that frequently visit dog parks, grooming salons or boarding kennels should also be vaccinated against bordetella (kennel cough) and leptospirosis. If you have a cat that has tested positive for feline leukemia, we may recommend vaccinating your other cats against this virus in order to prevent cat-to-cat transfer. Our Toledo veterinarian works closely with pet owners to determine the right vaccines for their pets’ lifestyle and wellness needs.

As part of our commitment to proactive veterinary care, our animal hospital offers the puppy/kitten vaccination shot series. This vaccination series should generally begin around 8 to 10 weeks of age, with booster shots being administered every 3-4 weeks until your pet is 18 to 20 weeks of age. We will administer the core vaccination series (DHPP for canines and FVRCP for felines) as well rabies and additional vaccines based on your pet’s wellness needs. The puppy/kitten shot series is important because a young animal’s immune system is still developing. Without regular booster shots, your pet could easily contract a deadly disease.

Pet vaccinations are a safe and effective way to protect your pet from serious illness. However, we understand that some pet owners may worry about the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations. Like any medication, there is always a small risk for an allergic reaction. However, the chance of an allergic reaction is extremely low. In fact, there is a far greater risk that your unvaccinated pet will contract a life-threatening illness without vaccination protection. Even with advanced veterinary care, it is not always possible to save a pet that becomes seriously ill. Emergency care can also be incredibly expensive. Pet vaccinations are a safe, affordable way to protect your pet’s well-being.

When your pet is healthy, your entire family is also healthy. Our animal hospital strongly encourages all pet owners to make pet vaccinations a top pet wellness care priority. Should you have questions about your pet’s vaccination history, need a copy of this history for boarding or doggy daycare, or simply wish to learn more about vaccinations, contact our animal hospital care team.

Canine Influenza Update October 2017

There has been a recent outbreak of cases of canine influenza virus (CIV) in the greater Toledo area this month. The virus can present as either of two strains, and is highly contagious. Virtually all dogs are susceptible to CIV regardless of breed or age. Symptoms range from coughing, sneezing, fever a runny nose and even a life threatening pneumonia. Typically, a dog will act like it's having kennel cough. A dog is most likely contagious before showing any signs. The Canine Influenza virus does not persist in the environment for very long, but it does spread easily between individuals, usually transmitted through direct contact with a contagious dog's saliva or nasal secretions. Treatment for CIV involves supportive therapy: antibiotics to prevent secondary bacterial infections, cough suppressants, or anti-viral medication. Sometimes fluid therapy is necessary depending on how long the dog has been sick. Dogs that go to day care facilities, boarding kennels, dog parks or training classes are at higher risk for exposure to CIV. If dogs spend most of their time at home or rarely come into contact with other dogs, they will likely have lower risk. There is no evidence that this virus is transmissible to people. We now carry a vaccine that helps protect dogs from outbreaks caused by both strains of the Canine Influenza Virus. The vaccine aids in the control of disease associated with CIV. The vaccine can be given in dogs at 7 weeks of age or older. A second dose is given 2-4 weeks later. A minimum of two doses is required for primary immunization, and annual vaccination with one dose is recommended. Please let us know if you have any concerns regarding your dog's possible exposure to CIV or if you anticipate vaccinating your pet against the virus.

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