Necessary Dog and Cat Vaccinations in Decatur, IL
Dog and cat vaccinations are a necessary part of your pet’s care because they protect them from highly contagious and potentially deadly animal diseases. Some of these diseases can be transmitted to humans. Rabies vaccinations are one of these and are required by law. Leptospirosis is another disease that causes illness in dogs and people, and is the most common zoonotic disease (transmitted from animals to people) worldwide. The risk dangerous viruses and infections pose in puppies and kittens is heightened as they grow because any protective antibodies they received from their mother’s milk disappear and they need to develop their own antibodies through a series of vaccinations. Our veterinarians are here to counsel you on what vaccinations and frequency are best to keep your pet healthy and disease free.
Dog and Cat Vaccines Offered at Our Animal Hospital
We administer pet vaccinations that are classified as essential “core” vaccinations by the greater veterinary community in addition to cutting edge vaccinations to give your pet optimal protection.
In dogs, we protect against:
- Distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus (hepatitis), parainfluenza which are administered as a single injection
- Bordetella (kennel cough)
Non-Core Vaccines protect pets with specific exposure needs. These include:
- Lyme disease
Our four-way leptospirosis vaccine protects your dog from four different strains of the disease. The leptospira bacteria is shed in urine of infected animals and can survive for months in water. Leptospirosis can cause kidney failure, liver disease, fever, abortion and death. Any dog who goes outdoors and explores around lakes and streams is at risk of contracting leptospirosis.
In cats, we protect against:
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, pneumonitis and panleukopenia (FVRCP), which are administered as one booster shot
- Feline Leukemia (FeLV)
Feline leukemia (FeLV) is a virus commonly passed between outdoor cats. Transmission occurs via contact with urine, saliva, blood and feces of infected cats. FeLV is a viral disease that suppresses the immune system making the cat susceptible to secondary infections. We recommend vaccinating all indoor/outdoor cats and testing all cats before they enter a multi-cat household. Our FeLV booster strengthens your cat’s immunity to prevent infection in the first place.
Customizing Your Pet’s Vaccination Schedule
Because of the serious risk many animal diseases pose, it’s important to get your dog and cat vaccinated and stick to a schedule. At Fairview, we customize pet vaccinations according to our individual client needs and their pet’s lifestyle. For adult pets, we recommend either one or three-year maintenance vaccinations. Kittens and puppies receive their initial vaccinations between six and seven weeks of age, and we then administer a series to further strengthen their immune systems. Depending on their age, a series of boosters will be given every 3-4 weeks until at least 12 weeks of age. Please bring your new pet in for a wellness exam to discuss their vaccination schedule. We’ll take the time to answer all your questions and tailor your pet’s vaccinations to their lifestyle and age. Please contact us today!