Many canine diseases can now be prevented through vaccination. A vaccination schedule prepared by your veterinarian can greatly contribute to good health and a longer life span for your dog. The vaccines will be tailored to your pets and depending on the lifestyle of the animal here in San Diego. Below are the most important diseases for which vaccines are currently available:
Canine distemper is a widespread, often fatal disease. All dogs should be vaccinated against distemper, starting with distemper-measles vaccination at 6-8 weeks of age.
Canine bordetella (B. bronchiseptica) may contribute to kennel cough. This bacterial infection can occur alone or in combination with distemper, adenovirus type-2 infection, parainfluenza, and other respiratory problems.
Canine parvovirus infection
Canine parvovirus infection is a disease of widespread distribution which cause severe dehydration, diarrhea, vomiting, and in severe cases death in dogs of varying ages. Parvovirus infection is especially dangerous for unvaccinated dogs and puppies.
Rabies, one of the world’s most publicized and feared diseases, is almost always fatal. Rabies virus attacks the brain and central nervous system, and is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected animal.
Canine leptospirosis is a bacterial infection which may lead to permanent kidney damage and death. The disease is easily spread to other pets and to humans.
Canine parainfluenza is another cause of kennel cough. Parainfluenza is often a mild respiratory infection in otherwise healthy dogs, it can be severe and life threatening in puppies or debilitated dogs.
Canine adenovirus type-1 and type-2 cause infectious hepatitis and respiratory infection, respectively. Hepatitis caused by adenovirus type-1 may cause severe kidney damage or death. Adenovirus type-2 is an important factor in kennel cough.
Many feline diseases can now be prevented through vaccination. A vaccination schedule prepared by your veterinarian can greatly contribute to good health and a longer life span for your cat. The vaccines will be tailored to your pet and their needs. Below are the most important diseases for which vaccines are currently available:
Feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR)
Feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR) is a highly contagious respiratory disease characterized by sneezing, loss of appetite, fever and eye inflammation. As the disease progresses, a discharge is noticeable from both nose and the eyes.
Feline pneumonitis is caused by the organism Chlamydia psittaci. Signs of pneumonitis are similar to those of FVR and FCV (sneezing, fever, loss of appetite, nasal discharge, inflamed eyes).
Feline leukemia is a viral disease which can take several forms. Some cats have transient infections with few ill effects. Others have persistent infections varying in severity, some of which may be fatal over time. Extensive scientific research has shown no relationship between feline leukemia and human leukemia.
Feline panleukopenia (feline distemper)
Feline panleukopenia (feline distemper) is among the most widespread of all cat diseases, and is extremely contagious. Characterized by fever, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea, feline panleukopenia causes high death loss, particularly among kittens and is almost always fatal.
Feline calicivirus (FCV)
Feline calicivirus (FCV) is another serious feline respiratory infection. Often occurring simultaneously with FVR. Signs of infection are similar to FVR (fever, loss of appetite, nasal discharge), but calicivirus infected cats may also have ulcers on the tongue.
Rabies, one of the world’s most publicized and feared diseases, is almost always fatal. Rabies virus attacks the brain and central nervous system. Transmitted to humans chiefly through bite of an infected animal. For the first time, in 1981-82 more cats then dogs were reported to have contracted rabies. This situation has led many authorities to recommend rabies vaccination for all cats.
WHERE PETS ARE FAMILY
ABC Veterinary Hospitals are proud to provide vaccinations to pet owners in the Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Bay Park, Mission Beach, Clairemont Mesa, Ocean Beach and the surrounding areas at our Pacific Beach location, as well as Uptown, Hillcrest, University Heights, Normal Heights, North Park, Mission Hills, Altadena and the surrounding areas at our Uptown location.