Let’s discuss the value of vaccinations for your pets. One of the first things that you are urged to do when you first get a new cat or dog is to have them immunized. They are shielded from a variety of hazardous and possibly lethal circumstances. Humans can even contract some of these.

Learn the value of vaccinations and the appropriate times to vaccinate your pet.

What are Vaccinations for Dogs?

Different infections and disorders that could affect pets are protected against by vaccinations. This varies for cats and dogs.

It’s a good idea to get your dog vaccinated against kennel cough regardless of whether they will be spending any time in boarding kennels. For dogs, immunizations typically cover canine distemper virus, canine parovirus, leptospirosis, and infectious canine hepatitis. Please be aware that if you plan to board your dog with us in the future, we require vaccinations in order to accept them.

The canine distemper virus spreads through close touch. Infections that are severe may be lethal. While the prognosis is typically better for milder infections, problems can still occur.

Canine parvovirus: Dogs get parvovirus via coming into touch with feces. The virus can remain contagious for up to seven months in infected soil. Although it usually affects pups, adult dogs are also susceptible if they haven’t had their booster shots or haven’t been vaccinated. Infected puppies may experience heart abnormalities that, in some circumstances, are deadly. Vomiting, diarrhea, and low white blood cell counts are more common in adult dogs, and these conditions can cause dehydration and a lack of immunity.

Leptospirosis: This can be transmitted from humans to dogs and is lethal to both.

Dogs with canine hepatitis can transmit the disease through their urine for up to a year, and the bacteria can persist in the environment for many months. Different strains can result in an infection that resembles kennel cough and a liver infection.

What are Vaccination for Cats?

The feline herpes virus, feline calivirus, and feline infectious enteritis are all covered by cat vaccinations. This may also be advised for cats who are at danger of the feline leukemia virus, albeit it may not always be seen as being of utmost relevance for all cats.

Feline infectious enteritis: This condition can be passed from mother cats to their unborn offspring. Kittens may sustain harm to the area of their brains that controls coordination if they survive. Immunity and white blood cell count are impacted in adult cats.

Feline herpes virus: Infection of the upper respiratory tract in cats caused by herpes. Coughing, sneezing, and discharge from the eyes are symptoms. This infection frequently lasts a lifetime and can relapse at different points.

Feline calivirus: Cats that develop this virus can spread it to other cats by acting as carriers. Cats that come into touch with infected cats or their surroundings may become ill as a result.

Feline leukemia can be disseminated by shared water and food bowls, wounds from fighting, and mutual grooming. It can be transmitted to kittens by mothers’ milk. While many will be carriers and can spread the illness to other cats, some cats will totally recover from it. Some cats experience severe symptoms that could be deadly, while others, even if they live, will have impaired immune systems.

When Should Your Pet Get Vaccinated?

It’s generally recommended to vaccinate pets as early as possible. This occurs between 8 and 10 weeks of age for puppies and between 9 and 12 weeks of age for kittens.

Pets need booster shots after their initial immunization to be protected. Typically, these are recommended yearly. In the event that they come into contact with sick animals or situations, pets without these will lose their defense against these ailments and may even get seriously infected. Please contact Charolette Kennels to discuss the value of vaccinations and the ones we require to board your furry friends with us!