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Hurricanes Remind Us to Vaccinate Our Dogs


After Hurricane Harvey in Houston last month, the media warned us about bacterial infections in flood waters and the fact that a lot of dogs were subject to bacterial infections and should be vaccinated for Leptospirosis. Also in the media lately are cities experiencing high incidents of Hepatitis A due to filty streets and sidewalks.

With that in mind, thanks to the American Animal Hospital Association’s Canine Vaccination Guidelines, here are the core 2017 vaccinations to protect DOGS against:

PARVOVIRUS – highly contagious disease causing loss of appetite, lethargy, severe vomiting and diarrhea; can be fatal if not treated promptly
DISTEMPER – can cause respiratory infections, liver infection, neurologic disease, severe vomiting, severe diarrhea and death
HEPATITIS – viral disease affects the liver and other organs; can be fatal
RABIES – virus causes neurologic disease and death; no cure for this disease

The following non-core vaccines are recommended based on a dog’s exposure risk and could include:

Bordetella bronchiseptica, aka KENNEL COUGH – upper respiratory infection that can lead to pneumonia
Borrelia burgdorferi, aka LYME DISEASE – infectious tick-borne disease that results in high fever, joint swelling, swollen lymph nodes, lethargy and loss of appetite
LEPTOSPIROSIS – bacterial infection that causes kidney and liver disease

Here's the List for Cats
FELINE LEUKEMIA – virus that can cause a variety of severe conditions including cancer, anemia and suppression of the immune system
RABIES – virus that causes neurologic disease and death; no cure for this disease
FELINE IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS – severely weakens immune system, making them susceptible to secondary infections
FELINE CHLAMYDIOSIS – bacterial disease that can cause conjunctivitis and respiratory disease
BORTADELLA BRONCHISEPTICA – upper respiratory infection that can sometimes lead to pneumonia
FELINE INFECTIOUS PERITONITIS – viral disease that affects upper respiratory and is incurable
DERMATOPHYTE, aka RINGWORM – a fungal infection that is the most common contagious skin infection in cats