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What Diseases Should My Pet Be Protected Against?

Puppies and Dogs:

Distemper is so widespread nearly every dog will be exposed during its lifetime.  Distemper's high death rate makes vaccination a must.  Dogs with distemper may suffer coughing, vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms followed by death.

Infectious Canine Hepatitis affects the dog's liver.  It spreads through an infected dog's urine and exposure can mean anything from a mild infection to death.

Canine Bordetella is an upper respiratory infection causing a persistent, dry, hacking cough.  The disease may last several weeks and is highly contagious.

Parvovirus is a intestinal infection resulting in viral diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and depression.  Transmitted through direct contact wit5h an infected dog's feces.  It is highly contagious and life-threatening, especially in puppies.

Lyme Disease

Kittens and Cats:

Feline Leukemia is a leading cause of cat deaths.  FeLV breaks down the cat's ability to fight off infections of any sort.  The cat usually dies of a disease that it would normally be able to  resist.  Effective FeLV vaccines are now available to protecct uninfected cats. 

Feline Respiratory Diseases (Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Chlamydia) are highly contagious and wide spread.  These diseases are easily spread from cat to cat by sneezing, etc.  Even a cat that seems healthy can infect your pet.  Chances are high that your cat will be exposed.

Feline Panleukopenia  also known as distemper, is highly contagious and can be fatal.  Nine of ten cats with distemper may die.  Since the disease is easily transmitted from cat to cat, chances are very high that your cat will be exposed.  Symptoms include depression, loss of appetite, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Dogs and Cats:

Rabies is a fatal infection of the nervous system that attacks all warm blooded animals including humans.  It is a public health hazard and risk to all pet owners.  There is no cure for rabies.  Vaccination is your pet's only protection.

Heartworm Disease is a 

Intestinal Parasites

Dental Examinations

Spaying or Neutering


Geriatric Work-ups

Why Vaccinate?? Many serious pet diseases can be prevented by vaccinations.  Even if always kept indoors, your pet can be exposed to viruses carried in the air, dust or on clothing.  Vaccination is inexpensive protgection against costly treatment or premature death of your pet.  Booster immunizations are necessary to continue protection.