Albert North Veterinary Clinic – Vaccinations

Albert North Veterinary Clinic - Vaccinations

Today you hear the term “core vaccinations”. We work on a first-come, first-served basis. Kittens can be vaccinated against a variety of diseases, including feline enteritis virus, cat “flu” (actually 3 different diseases Feline calicivirus, feline herpes virus and Feline chlamydia), feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)and feline leukaemia virus. Fleas: Two weeks prior to admission, stand your pet over a piece of white paper and comb through the hair. Physical Examinations Annual visits to the veterinarian are so much more than just vaccines! Two types of cat ‘flu are vaccinated against feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) and feline calicivirus (FCV). Kittens are ‘temporarily’ protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk.

We can have the results of this test in under 30 minutes and need much less blood to run the test. An annual health examination is recommended for every pet regardless of whether vaccinations are required or not. If at any time your kitten starts vomiting, has loose stools or appears constipated, slow the rate at which you are switching him over. Clients must inform  the Practice of any change of address in order that recall of the pet can be accurate. Which vaccinations should my cat receive? “Borrelia Burgdorfen”. Indoor cats still need to be vaccinated.

Please note that weigh-ins and body condition scoring by a vet or technician is available whenever we are open, at no charge. Good quality petshop dry and /or canned kitten foods are balanced complete diets and are the best option for most kittens. This is the time when despite being vaccinated, a puppy or kitten might still contract a disease. Panleukopenia (also known as feline distemper), is life threatening, causing vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and low white blood cell count Feline Leukemia Virus, causes chronic immune suppression that can lead to cancer Herpesvirus and Calicivirus are both highly contagious but rarely life threatening, causing runny eyes, runny nose, fever, and malaise Eline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), a retroviral disease that causes chronic immune suppression. Affected dogs will typically develop runny eyes, nose, a cough which often progresses into pneumonia and vomiting & diarrhea. Your pets vaccination history should be stored on computer at your vets, so the information is easily accessible. We strongly encourage new owners to also have male dogs adopted from the KSPCA neutered.

There is no cure for Distemper; animals that are affected can only be offered supportive care. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with an affected animal, airborne transmission through coughing, and transmission on hands and clothes when people touch an infected animal and then go and touch a healthy one. Fortunately the vaccine is very effective at preventing Distemper. Ointment for impetigo aciclovir para la herpes antivirals, hiv posologie cream valtrex dosage for outbreak of herpes. Treatment for this virus is no less than three to four hundred dollars and can reach seven to eight hundred dollars very easily. We encourage all current and prospective pet owners to do the necessary planning and research. Occasionally Famciclovir (a human herpes drug) has been tried as an oral antiviral medication in cats.

If treated with supportive care in the hospital about 80% will survive. Treatment is costly as the pup may need to spend a week or more in the hospital. The rabies vaccines should be given as recommended by local law. The cat will have an annual booster of F3 and FIV. It may also be passed on peoples? hands, clothes and shoes to other dogs, so even dogs that never leave your home can become infected. The vaccine is very effective at preventing this disease.

However, as a puppy?s immunity to this virus is not complete until the final vaccination, we recommend keeping your pup out of high traffic dog areas (the park, pet stores etc) until the vaccine series is complete. Adenovirus/Parainfluenza: Fortunately these viruses are less common but both have been reported in the Regina area. They cause viral bronchitis and possibly hepatitis in older dogs. Symptoms include severe diarrhoea, fever, chronic vomiting, loss of appetite and dehydration. This vaccine is also very effective against these diseases. Vaccines are useful in preventing canine distemper, parvovirus, bordetella, rabies, Lyme disease, and other diseases in your dog and feline leukemia, panleukopenia, rabies, and feline immunodeficiency virus in cats. This is a very common disease.

Albert North Veterinary Clinic - Vaccinations
These often occur 24-72 hours after a vaccination. The disease is rarely severe but may occasionally progress into pneumonia. Kennel Cough is treatable with antibiotics in severe cases (none are needed in mild cases), however we recommend trying to prevent it altogether! We recommend vaccination of any puppy that will be going to obedience classes, the groomer, the dog park or the boarding kennel. The vaccine works well in most cases to prevent the disease. Occasionally vaccinated dogs will develop Kennel Cough but it is much less severe than animals that have not been vaccinated. Rabies: This virus causes a fatal encephalitis (brain swelling) in all mammals, including humans.

Rabies is spread through contact with infected saliva, usually through bite wounds. There is some evidence that airborne transmission from bat feces may be possible. The most common wild carriers of Rabies in Saskatchewan are bats, skunks, raccoons, foxes and coyotes. The vaccination is very effective and will protect not only your pet but also prevent your pet from spreading the disease to your family if s/he is bitten by an infected animal. Animals not vaccinated for rabies can be ordered into quarantine – to watch for symptoms or euthanized because testing for rabies can only be performed on the brain after death. At every vaccine appointment the veterinarian will do a complete physical examination on your puppy. The doctor will check his/her teeth, ears, eyes and listen to his/her heart and lungs.

This is important to identify any health concerns that may appear as he/she grows and to ensure that your puppy is healthy enough to receive its vaccinations. At this time we will also be happy to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your puppy’s health or development. Above is an example of a typical vaccine series schedule. In some cases this may need to be altered depending on the health and age of your puppy or if your puppy is of a breed where we may need to separate out vaccinations further. Once your puppy has had its series of puppy vaccinations, the veterinarian will discuss the need for booster vaccinations in the upcoming years. A preventative health program will be tailored to your puppy’s needs. Feline Panleukopenia: This disease; known as distemper; causes fever, inappetance, vomiting, diarrhea, depression and dehydration.

It is often fatal in young, unvaccinated kittens. Treatment is supportive; unfortunately, affected kittens often die even with appropriate treatment. The virus is passed by direct contact with infected animals and may be passed via transmission from contaminated hands or clothing. The vaccine is very effective at preventing this disease. Feline Upper Respiratory Viruses:  These viruses, such as FVR (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis – a type of herpes virus) and FCV (Feline Calici virus) are seen here in Saskatchewan. Both viruses cause sneezing, nasal discharge, conjunctivitis, coughing and may or may not include not eating, lethargy, dehydration and fever. Treatment is supportive with antibiotics for secondary bacterial infections.

Treatment is not required unless they are lethargic and not eating. FVR may stay in an infected cat’s body for the rest of his/her life and become reactivated in times of stress. Transmission is airborne and via direct contact – such as contaminated hands or clothing. Rabies: This virus causes a fatal encephalitis (brain swelling) in all mammals, including humans. Rabies is spread through contact with infected saliva, usually through bite wounds. There is some evidence that airborne transmission from bat feces may be possible. The most common wild carriers of Rabies in Saskatchewan are bats, skunks, raccoons, foxes and coyotes.

The vaccination is very effective and will protect not only your pet but also prevent your pet from spreading the disease to your family if s/he is bitten by an infected animal. Animals not vaccinated for rabies can be ordered into quarantine to watch for symptoms or euthanized because testing for rabies can only be performed on the brain after death. Feline Leukemia:  This virus causes cancers, anemias, fever, weight loss and immunosuppression. There is no treatment for this virus. It is strongly recommended to test for the virus in all cats new to a household. Feline Leukemia is passed from mom cat to kitten, through bite wounds from an infected cat, sharing food & water dishes, or litter boxes over prolonged periods of time. The vaccine is not 100% effective but is far superior to no vaccination in high risk cats.

It is recommended to test all kittens (especially stray or farm kittens) for these 2 viruses, which are untreatable and shorten their lifespan. It is a blood test that can be done in clinic with results the same day. At each visit, the veterinarian will give your kitten a general examination to make sure she is healthy. The doctor will check her teeth, ears, eyes and listen to her heart and lungs. This is important to identify any health concerns that may appear as he/she grows and to ensure that your kitten is healthy enough to receive its vaccinations. At this point, it is your opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your new kitten. Above is an example of a typical vaccine series schedule.

In some cases this may need to be altered depending on the health and age of your kitten. Once your kitten has had its series of kitten vaccinations, the veterinarian will discuss the need for booster vaccinations in the upcoming years. A preventative health program will be tailored to your kitten’s needs.

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