Hello! Bella, the clinic cat here. Just wanted to drop by and ask everyone how their summer vacation is going. Mine has been fantastic. I’ve been busying myself by cleaning myself, sleeping, and eating of course. All this lounging around time has given me the chance to see all the poor sick animals that come into our clinic. I thought it would be an excellent time to talk about vaccines and discuss what providing them for your pet can do to extend your furry friends lifetime.
I guess we should get the stinky dogs out of the way first:
The “DHLPP” is a vaccine that stands for Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, and Parvo.
Distemper – (very contagious viral illness) Symptoms include: sneezing, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and, decreased activity level.
Hepatitis – (a condition that causes the liver to swell) Symptoms include: lack of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
Leptospirosis – (bacterial illness that occurs in many different species) Symptoms include: Fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, and decreased activity level. It’s also possible to be transmitted to humans through animal urine.
Parainfluenza- (causes infection to the respiratory system) Symptoms include: Cough, fever, and trouble breathing.
Parvo Virus – ( A life threatening viral disease) Symptoms include: Vomiting, diarrhea, decreased activity level, and decreased appetite.
Now for us fancy felines:
The “FVRCP” is a vaccine that stands for Feline, Viral, Rhinotracheitis, Calci Virus, Panleukepenia.
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis – (An upper respiratory infection) Symptoms include: Sneezing, eye and nasal discharge, and congestion.
Calci Virus – (A respiratory infection.) Symptoms include: Eye and nasal discharge, difficulty breathing, and loss of appetite.
Panleukepenia – (Feline distemper) Symptoms include: vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and sudden death.
Rabies (A disease that affects both cats and dogs. Rabies is transmitted through the saliva of infected animals.) It infects the central nervous system and symptoms include the following: foaming at the mouth, seizures, aggression, other behavior changes, and death.
So, as you can tell, these diseases are very debilitating if not fatal. The good news is that they are very preventable. Some vaccines are required every year and some are needed every 3 years. Getting a yearly physical exam with vaccines needed is a good start to keeping your furry friend around for a long time. Vaccines combined with yearly heartworm testing and prevention, as well as routine de-worming, will help ensure your pet lives a long and healthy life.