Controlling the Spread of Disease with Dog and Cat Vaccinations in Colchester, CT
Keeping your pet healthy involves a consistent, ongoing treatment routine, and vaccines are an essential part of this routine. Colchester Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to teaching pet parents about the importance of regular vaccinations and the diseases that might be threatening their pets’ safety.
Dog and cat vaccinations are one of the most effective ways to control the spread of disease among pets. They can also improve overall health and extend lives. Thanks to vaccines, our pets are enjoying many more happy years with us.
Scheduling Vaccinations for Your Pet
Cats and dogs have different vaccine schedules that are based around their personal needs. It is usually best to begin vaccinating once they reach 6-8 weeks of age so we can boost their immunity and keep them healthy at this vulnerable life stage.
Why Dog and Cat Vaccines Are Important
If you are not immune to a certain disease, you could be vulnerable to an infection. The same applies to our pets, who are also unable to judge situations that might put their health at risk. The most common and serious diseases your pet may face include:
Rabies is a viral disease spread by bats, raccoons, foxes and coyotes. It has a high mortality rate and can cause symptoms like fever, seizures, paralysis, lack of coordination, abnormal aggression, excessive salivating, and inability to swallow. Even if your pet has been vaccinated, they should receive immediate care if they’ve been exposed to rabies.
Canine distemper is highly contagious and very dangerous. It is spread by infected dogs, raccoons, skunks and foxes. Distemper causes high fever, discharge from the eyes and nose, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea and coughing. Late-stage symptoms include seizures and paralysis.
Also known as feline panleukopenia, this is a very contagious viral disease that attacks the cells lining the intestines, along with the lymph nodes and bone marrow. Signs include loss of appetite, fever, lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea. Feline distemper should not be confused with canine distemper; each are caused by a different virus.
Lyme disease is spread by deer ticks, and can affect humans as well as pets. While Lyme is common, only 5-10% of infected dogs show symptoms. Clinical signs include inflamed joints, decreased appetite, fever, depression and trouble breathing. In extreme cases, kidney failure may occur.
In addition to vaccinating pets against these diseases, we also offer vaccines to protect against less common but no less important illnesses such as feline leukemia (for cats only), Bordetella (kennel cough), canine influenza and leptospirosis.