Vaccinations are the most effective way to boost your pet’s immune system and protect them from viruses and bacteria. It is safer and more cost effective to vaccinate your pets against diseases like Kennel Cough and Parvovirus than to treat them after your pet has contracted an illness.
Our veterinarians will construct a vaccination schedule for your pet and recommend vaccines that are necessary to protect your pet’s health. Factors such as your pet’s age, history, and exposure are taken into consideration when we tailor a plan specifically suited to your cat or dog.
A new puppy or kitten will need multiple sets of vaccinations to achieve optimum protection. While nursing, your puppy or kitten was ingesting maternal antibodies that neutralized the effects of viruses and bacteria. The maternal antibodies gradually decrease in the first 8 weeks of your young animal’s life, making vaccinations necessary to immunize your pet against disease.
The vaccinations for the following diseases are easily administered and essential to protect the health and longevity your cat or dog’s life. If you have any questions regarding vaccination and disease prevention, contact Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic to speak to our staff.
Essential Canine Vaccinations
Rabies – Texas state law mandates that pets be vaccinated against rabies because of the danger that the virus presents to humans. The vaccine is highly effective and the best way to protect your protect your pet from the disease. Otherwise, rabies is fatal to your animal and there is no cure if your pet contracts the virus. Our vets will evaluate on a yearly basis the rate that your pet will be vaccinated.
Parvovirus – This virus is considered to be one of the most devastating and can be fatal to an animal if they are left unvaccinated or untreated. The symptoms of parvovirus include vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and lethargy.
Distemper Virus – Canine Distemper Virus is a fatal and contagious, viral disease that attacks a dog’s gastrointestinal, respiratory, and central nervous systems.
Adenovirus – This viral disease is also known as infectious canine hepatitis and begins with an infection of the liver. The virus spreads through the urine, saliva, blood, feces, and nasal discharge of infected dogs.
Leptospirosis – • Many animals are at risk from this bacterial disease, including your dog, your livestock, wildlife, and even people. The leptosporosis bacteria pass from one animal to another when an infected animal urinates or contaminates a common water source.
Canine Respiratory Disease Complex (Kennel Cough) – Kennel Cough is comparable to the human disease of whooping cough and has the potential to develop into pneumonia. This airborne disease can be fatal and has a deceiving name. The virus can be found anywhere a dog inhabits, not just kennels, so our canines should be protected appropriately.
Essential Feline Vaccinations
Rabies – It is mandated by Texas state law that pets be vaccinated against rabies due to the vaccine’s effectiveness against the disease and the harm that the virus can cause humans. Rabies is fatal to your animal and if your pet contracts the virus, there is no cure. Our vets will evaluate the rate that your pet will be vaccinated on a yearly basis.
Calicivirus, Herpesvirus, Viruses that cause Rhinotracheitis – Cats of all ages are susceptible to these disease but studies show that kittens are the most vulnerable. Cats contract these diseases when they come in contact with infected ocular and nasal secretions.
Panleukopenia – This virus is also known as feline distemper and is similar in nature to the parvovirus that affects canines. It will infect the cat’s gastrointestinal tract and is extremely contagious.
Leukemia – At first, this disease infects the cells of a cat’s immune system but will eventually attack the cat’s bone marrow. The disease can be contracted through nasal and oral secretions when a cat touches noses or shares food or water with another infected cat.
Rattlesnake Vaccine – Rattlesnake bite occurrences are very common in our area and we treat hundreds of incidents each year. The vaccination reduces the time your dog will need to recover if he or she is bitten but it does not negate the need for treatment. Your dog will still need to see a veterinarian immediately.
Zoonosis is any infectious disease that can be transmitted between animals and humans. Some examples of zoonotic diseases include:
Scabies – Mange mites that infect the skin
Ringworm – This is a fungal infection of the skin
Hookworms – These parasites cause cutaneous larval migrans
Roundworms – These cause visceral larval migrans
Leptospirosis – This is a bacterial infection of the kidneys
Giardia – This is an infection that causes gastrointestinal diarrhea disease
Fleas – Most famously known for their itchy bites, these parasites also transmit diseases from animal to animal
Ticks – Parasites that draw blood from our pets and spread diseases such as Lyme disease
Staph Infections – Bacterial skin infections
Our veterinarians reference the guidelines of the Companion Animal Parasite Council to protect our pets from these diseases and parasites. Administering monthly parasite prevention will help control external parasites, such as ticks and fleas, as well as internal parasites like intestinal worms and heartworms.
The veterinarians and staff of Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic are excited to meet your new kitten or puppy. Call 830-875-2456 today to make your new pet’s first appointment and get them started on the path to a long, healthy life.