Pet Vaccinations: A Valuable Disease-Fighting Tool
Vaccines have a long history of helping humans resist life-threatening diseases. Though still a threat, diseases such as polio and smallpox are virtually nonexistent in the US. By vaccinating pets, we hope to do the same with animal diseases. Rabies, distemper, and feline panleukopenia have been greatly reduced but are still seen in pet populations. Fortunately, having your cat or dog vaccinated regularly can prevent these diseases from harming them. Pets living in and around Naples benefit from routine pet vaccinations, which not only offer protection but maintain their health over the long term.
The goal of pet vaccinations is to more effectively prevent infection and reduce the spread of various diseases that can affect not only animals but humans, too.
Common Animal Diseases
Our core pet vaccinations are designed to protect your pet from some of the most common animal diseases, which include:
Rabies: Rabies can be spread by certain wildlife such as bats, raccoons, coyotes, and foxes. This virus is very contagious and has an extremely high mortality rate. If your pet encounters an animal you think may be carrying rabies, please contact us or the closest emergency veterinary hospital. Bats have very tiny mouths, so when they bite, your pet might not even feel it.
Canine distemper: Distemper is also deadly and contagious. The virus attacks the GI tract, respiratory system, and nervous system. Common carriers of the disease are foxes, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, and ferrets. Symptoms include discharge from the eyes and nose, lethargy, coughing, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Feline distemper/panleukopenia: Not to be confused with canine distemper, feline distemper (also called FP) affects kittens and cats. This disease mainly targets the lymph nodes, intestines, and bone marrow. Infected cats may experience symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, weight loss, runny eyes and nose, and fever.
Is Your Pet Up to Date?
Has your puppy or kitten just turned 8 weeks old? If they have not been vaccinated yet, now is the time! Young pets are very vulnerable to disease and ill-equipped to fight them. Vaccinating early gives their immune systems a boost. If your pet is due for their vaccinations or has not yet gotten started, call us today at (239) 778-9777.