Due to the many recent discoveries and innovations in veterinary medicine, your pet can be protected against most major infectious diseases. Today, many immunizations and preventive treatments are available that did not exist a decade ago.
Vaccines are useful in preventing canine distemper, parvovirus, bordetella, rabies, Lyme disease and other diseases in your dog and feline leukemia, panleukopenia, rabies, and feline immunodeficiency virus in cats. Our staff at Finn Hill Animal Hospital can assist you in deciding which preventive measures are necessary for your pet.
Up-to-date vaccinations play a large part in keeping your pet healthy and free from disease. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. Our veterinarians tailor a vaccine protocol that is specific to your pet based on his or her lifestyle and recommendations from the American Animal Hospital Association. Vaccine schedules are balanced to provide needed protection while not over-vaccinating your pet. Please contact us for more information about vaccinations.
Core Vaccines for Dogs and Cats
Core vaccines for dogs: include Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus (hepatitis), Canine Parvovirus, and Canine Parainfluenza. Combined into one injection, the vaccine is called DHPP. Rabies is also a core vaccine for dogs and is a requirement for all dogs living in the state of Washington.
Core vaccines for cats: include Panleukopenia Virus, Feline Calicivirus, and Rhinotracheitis, also known as Herpes Virus. The vaccines are combined into one injection, called FVRCP. FVR is Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, which causes respiratory infections; C is for Calicivirus, another upper respiratory infection, and P is for Panleukopenia, also known as Feline Distemper. Rabies vaccine is also a core vaccine for cats and a booster injection must be given each year.
Non-Core Vaccines for Dogs and Cats
Non-core vaccines for dogs include Bordetella and Leptospirosis vaccines.
- Bordetella (B. bronchiseptica) is a bacteria commonly associated with respiratory infections in dogs. It is one of the more common bacterial causes of canine infectious tracheobronchitis, also known as kennel cough. This vaccine is strongly recommended if your dog attends day care, visits dog parks, boarding kennels or any other location where he / she comes into nose-to-nose contact with other dogs. Bordetella is highly contagious, easily transmitted through the air or direct contact, and fairly resistant to destruction in the environment.
- Leptospirosis is caused by a bacteria (Leptospira interrogans) frequently found in swamps, streams, lakes, standing water, and the urine of infected animals. The bacteria also live in moist soil and outbreaks occur often after flooding. It affects dogs but can also infect other animals, including humans. If not diagnosed and treated early, Leptospirosis can be deadly. Your veterinarian will recommend Leptospirosis vaccination if your dog is at risk.
We also offer non-core vaccines for cats for the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV).
- Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is a contagious disease of cats and spreads primarily through intimate nose-to-nose contact with infected saliva. This very often occurs during cat fights, grooming, and mating. Contaminated urine, blood, and feces are also sources of infection.
Though FeLV is not a core vaccine, it is recommended for cats at risk of exposure to this dangerous disease. Your veterinarian at Finn Hill Animal Hospital will recommend FeLV vaccination if your cat is at risk. To provide your cat with proper immunity, FeLV vaccine needs to be given twice during the first year and once-a-year afterwards. kirkland pet wellness exams
If you need pet vaccines in Kirkland, WA, give us a call today!