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Vaccinations

For Dogs and Cats:

Rabies vaccinations are needed regularly throughout your pet's life.  The very first Rabies vaccination a dog or cat receives is good for one year.  After that, Rabies vaccinations are good for three years. 

In addition, proof of rabies vaccination is required by the City of Burnsville to license your pet.  We will give you a Rabies certificate when we vaccinate your pet.  Dogs will automatically receive a tag as well. If you have a cat and would like a tag please let us know.

Dog Vaccines:

Distemper (DHPP) combo vaccine:

  • Protects against 4 different infective agents. Vaccination is recommended starting at 6 weeks of age. This vaccine is recommended for all dogs.

  • Distemper is a widespread disease which can result in severe multi-systemic disease involving the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, and central nervous system.

  • Adenovirus (Hepatitis) comes in two forms. Type 1 may cause severe liver damage. Type 2 affects the respiratory system.

  • Parvovirus is by far the most commonly still seen of the diseases. It causes severe dehydration, diarrhea and vomiting.It can affect all ages but is especially dangerous for puppies.

  • Parainfluenza causes infectious tracheobronchitis. It is often a mild respiratory infection in otherwise healthy dogs.

 

Bordetella (Kennel Cough) is a very contagious infection in dogs which causes an irritating cough for your pet. Many boarding facilities now require the vaccination. We recommend this vaccine if your pet is going to be coming into contact with other dogs frequently.

 

Lyme: Protects against the tick borne Lyme Disease.  This vaccine is recommended for dogs living or frequently visiting grassy or wooded areas. Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite and painful joints.

 

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease which can lead to permanent liver and/or kidney damage. It is found mainly in marshes or stagnant water frequented by wildlife. It is transmitted through an infected animal’s urine and is infectious to humans.  This vaccine is recommended for dogs with exposure risk.

Cat Vaccines:

Cat Vaccines

Distemper (PLRC) combo vaccine:

  • Protects against 3 different infective agents. Vaccination is recommended starting at 6 weeks of age. This vaccine is recommended for all cats.

    • Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper) is the most widespread of all cat diseases and is extremely contagious. It is causes fever, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea.It is results in a high mortality rate, particularly in kittens.

    • Rhinotracheitis is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by feline herpes virus-1. It is characterized by loss of appetite, fever, eye inflammation, sneezing and eventually discharge from the nose and eyes.

    • Calicivirus also causes a respiratory infection with the same signs as rhinotracheitis. Calicivirus infected cats may also have ulcers on their tongue.

 

Leukemia is an important factor in the cause of lymphoma, immune suppression, and bone marrow disease which includes anemia and leukemia. Some cats have transient infections with few ill effects. Others have persistent infections varying in severity, some of which may be fatal over time. It is transmitted mainly through blood and saliva. This vaccine is recommended for cats that are allowed to roam outside freely.

Every pet is different and if you have any questions about which vaccines are right for your pet please let us know and we can have the Veterinarian discuss what is best during their annual exam.  We will send you reminders when your pet is due - so you don't have to worry about keeping track!