Keeping Your Four-Legged Family Healthy with Pet Vaccinations
Vaccinations play a central role in defending your pet against life-threatening diseases. At Humane Animal Medical & Surgical Hospital in Plano, we offer wellness packages for dogs and cats to help your pet stay protected year after year. These packages cover their most important vaccines and also keep them up-to-date with other essential treatments.
When we inject disease-mimicking antigens, your pet’s immune system naturally reacts and produces antibodies to eliminate those antigens. Vaccine boosters also gradually increase your pet’s disease immunity until they can receive less frequent vaccinations and still stay protected.
Without vaccines, many pets are more vulnerable to infection, which could in some circumstances shorten their life.
If your pet has not had their vaccinations for the year, contact us to discuss their health needs and learn more about our wellness packages.
Diseases Putting Your Pet at Risk
No matter their lifestyle, dogs and cats both need vaccines for maximum protection. To ensure their health, we offer vaccinations against these diseases:
- Rabies: Rabies is a highly-fatal, fast-acting virus that targets the central nervous system. Skunks, raccoons, coyotes, and foxes can carry this disease.
- Canine distemper: Distemper is a serious viral disease that affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems in puppies and dogs. It is very contagious and symptoms include coughing, sneezing, thick discharge from the eyes and nose, fever, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Feline distemper: Feline distemper is caused by the feline parvovirus and affects the upper respiratory system, resulting in frequent sneezing fits, discharge from the eyes and nose, fever, lack of appetite, vomiting, sudden diarrhea, loss of balance, and lethargy.
- Bordetella: Also known as kennel cough, Bordetella mainly affects dogs kept in close quarters. Boarding kennels, groomers, dog parks, and dog daycare facilities are high-risk areas for this illness.
- Feline leukemia: Outdoor cats are most at risk for this retrovirus with symptoms that include fever, weight loss, lethargy, coughing, and inappetence. This disease can also cause anemia or even lymphoma.