Vaccines Protect Your Pets
The need for vaccines can be a confusing subject, so the following is a general overview. Your pet will be examined at the first check-up and a vaccination schedule will be created to fit your pet's needs and lifestyle.
Some of the most common canine vaccines:
DAPP vaccine — DAPP stands for Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus.
DHPP vaccine — Otherwise known as the puppy vaccine, DHPP stands for Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus.
- Distemper virus — Attacks the lungs and affects the function of the brain and spinal cord; disease can be fatal
- Hepatitis — Affects the liver and can cause loss of vision
- Parainfluenza — Respiratory virus that causes coughing
- Parvovirus — Attacks the lining of the intestinal tract and damages the heart of very young puppies; disease can be fatal
Adult dogs usually also have a Leptospirosis vaccine included.
Rabies vaccine — This is a fatal viral disease that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including dogs and humans.
Leptospirosis vaccine — This is a bacterial infection that can damage your dog's liver, kidneys, and other major organs. Other dogs, and even humans, can become ill after contact with an infected dog's urine.
Bordetella Bronchiseptica vaccine — This is a bacterial infection contributing to the respiratory disease commonly known as kennel cough. This disease can be much more severe when accompanied by a viral infection. This vaccine is often required for use of boarding kennels, dog parks, obedience school, veterinary hospitals, or grooming facilities.
We typically recommend these types of canine vaccines:
- Distemper/Adenovirus/Parainfluenza/Parvovirus (DAPP) given in a 1-year vaccine
- Rabies given in a 3-year vaccine
- Bordetella (kennel cough) given every six months
- Leptospirosis given annually
Some of the most common feline vaccines:
FVRCP vaccine — Feline Distemper may be particularly severe in kittens and is potentially fatal
Rabies vaccine — This is a fatal viral disease that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including cats and humans.
Feline Leukemia — Feline Leukemia is a cause of serious illness and death in cats.
We typically recommend these types of feline vaccines:
- Feline Distemper (FVRCP) given in a 1-year vaccine
- Rabies given every 3 years
- Feline Leukemia (FeLv) given annually
Pet vaccination needs depend upon a wide range of variables, such as age and lifestyle. For example, a house cat's medical profile will vary greatly from that of a barn cat, just as the needs of a young hunting dog differ from those of an aging family pet. Your pet's health plan is designed to be flexible, changing over time and circumstance. Vaccines may be added or eliminated, depending on such changes and for optimum long-term health.
At Grady Veterinary Hospital, we work with you to determine the appropriate vaccines for every animal, at every stage and for every lifestyle.
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— Robert Brault