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Pet vaccinations protect your cat or dog from painful and potentially fatal diseases. Our veterinarian in Fountain Hills strives to protect your pet's health while offering only those vaccines your pet truly needs. Learn how the core vaccines your pet needs safeguard your pet's health and what to expect when your pet comes in for puppy shots or boosters.
We recommend your dog receive all core vaccinations. This includes rabies and canine distemper. Rabies, which is transmitted by bite from a wild animal, is fatal to pets and humans. State law requires that dogs be vaccinated against rabies. Canine distemper causes neurological, gastrointestinal, and respiratory problems in dogs. The disease kills 1 of every 2 dogs affected. For this reason, our Scottsdale veterinarian requires canine distemper shots.
Other required core vaccines for dogs include canine hepatitis and parvovirus. Canine hepatitis, which spreads through the bodily fluids of infected pets, affects the liver and kidneys of your pet. While it is possible to recover from canine hepatitis, some dogs do die from this preventable disease.
Parvovirus is an often-deadly disease among dogs that is resistant to many common disinfectants and can remain in the environment for months. Since it is so difficult to get rid of the virus in the environment, vaccination is the best protection methods. Pets who survive can experience lifelong heart problems.
If your pet spends a lot of time outside, we may suggest Lyme Disease vaccination. Pets who spend a lot of time outside, hang out in the woods, go hunting, or enjoy off-leash walks face a greater risk of getting ticks, who carry Lyme Disease. By vaccinating your pet, we can prevent them from getting Lyme Disease, which comes with neurological symptoms.
Bordetella or kennel cough shots are a good idea if you anticipate taking your pet to the groomer or boarding your pet. While kennel cough is mild, it can become an epidemic in a multi-pet environment, such as a groomer or dog park. Thus, pet sitters and groomers often mandate your pet receive the Bordetella vaccine to receive services.
While cats cannot come down with rabies, they are carriers of the deadly disease. Thus, our Fountain Hills veterinarian requires that cats be vaccinated for rabies too.
Cats can be afflicted with a deadly form of parvovirus. FPV or feline panleukopenia shots protect your cat from succumbing to the pervasive, frequently fatal disease.
Two irritating respiratory infections, calicivirus and rhinotracheitis, run rampant in multi-cat environments such as shelters, multi-cat homes, and pet sitters. Our vet vaccinates against these using a combination virus for calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, and FPV.
To get your pet vaccines up to date, or with any questions about pet vaccines, we encourage you to contact our animal hospital. Make an appointment for pet vaccinations in Fountain Hills on our website or call our animal hospital directly at 480-889-0881.