When it comes to your pet, much like a child, you want to protect it and keep it healthy and happy. This is why pet vaccinations are so vitally important for the well-being of your beloved pets. There are a host of life-threatening diseases that can spread amongst animals, which can be prevented by vaccination.
Additionally, if enough pets are vaccinated, herd immunity will be developed, which will protect those pets that haven’t been vaccinated against certain diseases. We hope that in providing you with information around pet vaccinations, that you will enlist our services to keep your pet from getting ill.
What Life-Threatening Diseases Can Your Pet Contract?
When it comes to cats, there are several vaccinations they need to receive to prevent them contracting viral diseases. This include:
• Feline Panleukopaenia Virus (Feline Infectious Enteritus)
• Feline Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (Cat Flu)
• Feline Chlamydia
• Feline Leukaemia Virus
• Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
And, as for puppies, you can protect them from becoming seriously ill by ensuring they receive their vaccinations for:
• Canine Parvovirus – May affect dogs of all ages but is more serious in puppies. It is highly contagious and causes loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, and blood diarrhoea. Dogs often die when given intensive treatment. The virus may be spread not only through direct contact, but also by contact with an infected environment.
• Canine Distemper – Is a contagious and often fatal viral disease that causes fever, loss of appetite, sneezing and coughing, vomiting, and diarrhoea, visual disturbances, loss of balance, and seizures.
• Canine Hepatitis – Another contagious and mostly fatal viral disease that causes fever, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, and eye disease. Death may occur within hours.
• Canine Cough – Is caused by several viruses and bacteria including distemper, adenovirus type 2, canine parainfluenza virus, and Bordatella bronchiseptica. It causes a mostly dry, hacking cough, often followed by gagging and retching. Dogs may occasionally develop fever, loss of appetite, and difficulty breathing. The canine cough vaccine provides immunity against canine parainfluenza virus, and Bordatella Bronchiseptica.
What are the Side Effects of Vaccines?
Vaccination is a safe procedure with most animals showing no side effects. However, the following symptoms may be seen:
• Reduced appetite
• Tenderness at the site of vaccination
Please keep your pet comfortable and do not hesitate to contact us if you are concerned.
What About After They’ve Grown Up?
After your pet has left the puppy or kitten phase, it’s recommended that they undergo an annual health check to ensure that they’re in good health. Your vet will also administer adult booster vaccines to help keep your pet healthy, happy, and in your life for longer.
If you live in Northam, Moora, or surrounding areas in WA, consider visiting A Country Practice and enlisting our services to administer pet vaccines for your beloved animal. Each member of our staff is qualified to provide the best possible care as well as advice on how to keep your pet in peak condition for many years.
Give us a call today to find out more about our clinics, services, or staff.