Distemper / Adenovirus / Parainfluenza / Parvovirus—These diseases are not only common, but they also represent a serious threat to your dog’s life. They can cause severe gastro-intestinal and/or respiratory illness. Most dogs will encounter these diseases at some point in their lives, with puppies being the most at risk. A combination vaccination for all four diseases is recommended every three years once your puppy reaches one year of age.
Rabies—This fatal viral disease affects all warm-blooded animals, posing a risk to humans as well as to dogs and cats. Puppies should receive their first Rabies vaccination between 12-16 weeks of age, with a booster administered at one year of age. Dogs are required by law to receive an additional vaccination every three years after the first year.
Leptospirosis—This is a bacterial infection that attacks the kidneys and liver, and is transmitted through the urine of wild animals such as raccoons and rodents. Dogs may contract this disease through contaminated puddles or outdoor water bowls. Leptospirosis is becoming a more common disease and can present a serious threat to your pet’s health; it is also transmissible to humans. Dogs at risk of being exposed should be vaccinated annually, as Leptospirosis is very common in Florida and is therefore considered a core vaccine.
Bordetella Bronchiseptica—This disease is commonly known as kennel cough. Symptoms include a dry hacking cough that may last six weeks or longer. This disease is caused by a highly contagious bacterium. Dogs are commonly exposed to the disease in boarding kennels, obedience schools, public dog parks, grooming facilities, and veterinary hospitals. Dogs at risk of exposure should be vaccinated every six months.
FVRCP—This is a combination vaccination administered every two to three weeks between 8-16 weeks of age that prevents severe upper respiratory disease, some of which can be chronic and cause damage to the eyes and respiratory tissue. Cats receive a booster at one year, with additional boosters every three years. This vaccine helps to safeguard your cat against three viral diseases: Rhinotracheitis, a herpes virus; Calici virus, which causes upper respiratory infection; and Panleukopenia, also known as distemper. These potentially fatal viruses are all easily transmitted between cats.
Rabies—This fatal disease affects cats in the same way it affects dogs and humans. The initial vaccination should be given at 12-16 weeks of age, and then every 1-3 years thereafter. We prefer to use only nonadjuvanted vaccines as they are less likely to cause side effects in our experience.
Feline Leukemia—This is an often fatal viral disease that suppresses the normal functions of the feline immune system and inhibits an afflicted cat’s ability to fight off disease and infection. Transmission typically occurs through grooming, sharing water bowls, breeding, fighting, and contact with saliva. It is recommended that cats receive the first vaccination at nine weeks with a booster at 12 weeks, and after the first year booster, every 3 years for at risk cats.