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Immunization & Preventatives

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Vaccinating your pets against disease causing pathogens is one of the most important components of sound animal healthcare. Not only can these infectious agents adversely affect the well-being of your pet, but some are even transmittable to humans. We strongly recommend annual vaccinations to help protect your pets as well as the rest of your family from numerous disease threats including:

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  • Leptospirosis – a bacterial infection that can affect all breeds and sizes of dogs. Lepto can be a very serious disease and can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated early. It generally attacks a dog’s liver and kidneys and can lead to organ damage or failure. However, if lepto is caught early, it responds well to antibiotics.

  • Canine Distemper Virus – a contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure. Young, unvaccinated puppies and non-immunized older dogs tend to be more susceptible to the disease. The virus, which is spread through the air and by direct or indirect (i.e. utensils, bedding) contact with an infected animal, initially attacks a dog’s tonsils and lymph nodes and replicates itself there for about one week. It then attacks the respiratory, urogenital, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems.

  • Canine Parvovirus – a highly contagious viral illness that manifests itself in two different forms. The more common form is the intestinal form, which is characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lack of appetite (anorexia). The less common form is the cardiac form, which attacks the heart muscles of very young puppies, often leading to death.

  • Infectious Canine Hepatitis – an acute liver infection in dogs caused by canine adenovirus type-1 (CAV-1). The virus is spread in the feces, urine, blood, saliva, and nasal discharge of infected dogs. It is contracted through the mouth or nose, where it replicates in the tonsils. The virus then infects the liver and kidneys.

  • Rabies – a contagious and fatal viral disease of mammals that causes madness and convulsions. It is transmissible through the saliva to humans.



  • Feline Calicivirus – a common viral respiratory disease that attacks the respiratory tract – lungs and nasal passages – the mouth, with ulceration of the tongue, the intestines, and the musculoskeletal system. It is highly communicable in unvaccinated cats, and is commonly seen in multicat facilities, shelters, poorly ventilated households, and breeding catteries.

  • Feline Herpes Virus – a common virus that causes eye and upper respiratory infections in cats.

  • Feline Infectious Enteritis – a viral infection affecting cats, both domesticated and wild feline species. It is caused by feline parvovirus, a close relative of both type 2 canine parvovirus and mink enteritis. Once contracted, it is highly contagious and can be fatal to the affected animal.

  • Feline Leukaemia Virus (for “at risk” cats) – a retrovirus that can be transmitted from infected cats when the transfer of saliva or nasal secretions is involved. If not defeated by the animal’s immune system, the virus can cause diseases which can be lethal.

  • Rabies – a contagious and fatal viral disease of mammals that causes madness and convulsions. It is transmissible through the saliva to humans.

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