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Essential Pet Vaccinations

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Keep Your Pet Health and Happy with Essential Pet Vaccinations

Dogs and cats should start receiving their vaccinations when they are around six to 10 weeks old. Core vaccinations are especially critical for preventing infectious diseases from making your pet seriously ill. Maryland state law requires dogs, cats and ferrets are vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian for rabies at four months old. A highly infectious virus spread via exposure to body fluids, rabies is almost always fatal unless treated in its early stages. In addition, rabies is a zoonotic disease, meaning humans could be infected with the virus if bitten by a rabid animal.

Core Vaccines for Dogs

  • Distemper -a viral, airborne infection, distemper is a fatal disease causing flu-like symptoms, seizures and brain damage.
  • Parvovirus (for dogs) -Canine parvovirus is highly contagious, producing bloody diarrhea and vomiting. It can be fatal if not treated as soon as possible.
  • Canine hepatitis -dogs sniffing or licking infected feces or urine can get hepatitis, a disease causing permanent liver damage and death.
  • A kennel cough -dogs infected with a kennel cough that sneeze and cough around other dogs will spread this disease. Although it is not fatal, kennel cough can make your dog extremely ill for an extended period.

Non-core vaccinations for dogs are vaccinations that some dogs may not need, depending on their lifestyle. These include parainfluenza, Lyme disease, Lepto, CIV, leptospirosis and canine influenza. Your Baltimore veterinarian will be happy to discuss whether your dog would benefit from non-core vaccinations. We will also be happy to tell you about the non-core vaccines for cats.

Core Vaccines for Cats

  • Panleukopenia - This vaccination, usually combined in a single vaccine with Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus, protects the cat from feline distemper.
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  • Feline herpesvirus - This virus causes cold-like symptoms that are especially serious for flat-nosed breeds. Sometimes called cat-flu, it can also lead to serious complications.
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  • Calicivirus -symptoms of calicivirus infection include fever, anorexia, oral ulcerations and joint pain.
  • Feline leukemia and bordetella are two non-core feline vaccinations certain cats should get if they are indoor/outdoor cats or live in multi-cat households.

Contact Our Local Veterinarian in Baltimore for More Information Today!

Schedule an appointment today with your veterinarian in Baltimore to start your pet on a vaccine regime. If you have questions about pet vaccines, please contact Belvedere Veterinary Center at (410) 999-3300 or email us your question at: [email protected]

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