Spring is here, and along with the blooming flowers and warmer weather comes a few important considerations for pet owners. One of the most crucial things to keep in mind is ensuring that your pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations. At Steeples Veterinary Clinic, we understand the importance of protecting your furry friends from infectious diseases, so here’s a quick guide on vaccinations for dogs, cats, and horses.
Rabies: a virus that attacks the nervous system and can be transmitted to humans through an infected animal’s saliva.
Core vaccinations are recommended as well for all dogs, as they protect against potentially life-threatening diseases. The DAPP vaccine is a combination vaccine that includes:
- Distemper: a virus that can cause severe respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous system symptoms.
- Adenovirus (hepatitis): a viral infection that affects the liver and can cause fever, lethargy, and abdominal pain.
- Parvovirus: a highly contagious virus that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and potentially fatal damage to the heart.
Other vaccinations, such as those for leptospirosis, bordetella (kennel cough), and Lyme disease, may be recommended based on your dog’s lifestyle and exposure risk. Our veterinarians can help determine which vaccinations are necessary for your pet based on their individual needs.
Rabies: (same as the dogs) a virus that attacks the nervous system and can be transmitted to humans through an infected animal’s saliva.
Also similar to dogs, there are core vaccinations recommended for all cats, including the FVRCP vaccine, which includes:
Feline distemper (panleukopenia): a virus that can cause severe gastrointestinal and immune system symptoms.
Feline herpesvirus and calicivirus: viruses that can cause upper respiratory infections.
Additional vaccines, such as those for feline leukemia may be recommended based on your cat’s lifestyle and exposure risk.
Horses are also susceptible to a variety of infectious diseases, many of which can be prevented through vaccination. Core vaccinations for horses include:
Tetanus: a bacterial infection that can cause muscle spasms, stiffness, and potentially fatal respiratory failure.
Eastern and Western equine encephalomyelitis: viral infections that can cause fever, neurological symptoms, and potentially fatal brain inflammation.
West Nile virus: a virus that can cause neurological symptoms and potentially fatal inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
Additional vaccinations, such as those for influenza and strangles, may be recommended based on your horse’s lifestyle and exposure risk.
At Steeples Veterinary Clinic, we are dedicated to helping keep your pets healthy and happy. If you have any questions about vaccinations or would like to schedule an appointment for your pet, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Let’s all have a safe and healthy spring season!