No matter the age of your pet, it is always important to keep him or her safe from disease. At Laurel Park Animal Hospital, we are constantly updated with the latest information on diseases impacting cats and dogs. We will design a personalized preventive care plan designed to keep your pet safe.
There are several vaccines available for your pet. Some of these are universally recommended for all pets, and so are referred to as "core" vaccinations. Other vaccines fit into a "non-core" category, as they are only recommended to certain pets based on their life-style.
Common Dog Vaccines
Rabies—Rabies is a serious disease that can be transmitted to people. This is considered a “core” vaccine. It is required by law in North Carolina to have your dog vaccinated for rabies.
Distemper (DHPP)—This is also considered a core vaccine that protects dogs against distemper virus, canine hepatitis, para-influenza, and parvovirus. It is strongly recommended for all patients.
Leptospirosis—This is a serious disease that can cause kidney failure and death, and it can infect people. Because it is typically transmitted through the urine of wildlife, it is often found in standing water, including puddles.
Bordetella (kennel cough)—Kennel cough is a highly contagious disease that can lead to respiratory infection. It is recommended for any pet that is exposed to other dogs on a regular basis. If your dog visits a groomer, boarding facility, or a training class, it needs protection from bordetella. Most establishments offering these services require proof of this vaccination.
Lyme disease—Lyme disease is transmitted to your pet by ticks. Any pet that is at risk of being exposed to ticks should be vaccinated with a Lyme vaccine once a year. This disease has many symptoms including high fever, arthritis, and seizures.
H3N8 Canine Influenza- The dog flu is a highly contagious respiratory disease in dogs, caused by a specific Type A influenza virus. It has a morbidity rate estimated at 80%. This vaccine is recommended for any pet exposed to other dogs on a regular basis.
Heartworm prevention—Heartworm disease is transmitted to dogs by mosquitos. The heartworms live in the hearts and lungs of an infected dog, causing difficulty breathing, heart failure, and eventually death if left untreated. Luckily, there are many different and affordable preventatives available. Dogs should be on heartworm preventative for life, starting as early as 8 weeks. We offer several oral and injectable heartworm disease preventatives.
Common Cat Vaccines
Rabies—Rabies is a serious disease that can be transmitted to people. This is considered a “core” vaccine. It is required by law in North Carolina that all cats be vaccinated for rabies.
Upper respiratory viruses (FVRCP-often times referred to as distemper)—This is considered a core vaccine and protects cats against feline upper respiratory viruses. This vaccine is strongly recommended for all patients.
Leukemia (FeLV)—Feline leukemia is a highly contagious disease that can lead to immunosupression and severe illness. Vaccination of all cats is recommended, and blood testing is also recommended prior to vaccinations. It is especially recommended for outdoor cats.