- Core vaccines are considered vital to all dogs based on risk of exposure, severity of disease or transmissibility to humans. Canine Parvovirus, Distemper, Canine Hepatitis and Rabies are considered core vaccines by the Task Force.
- Non-core vaccines are given depending on the dog’s exposure risk. These include vaccines against Bordetella bronchiseptica, Borrelia burgdorferi and Leptospira bacteria.
Canine Combination Vaccines
- DHPP - Distemper/Hepatitis/Parvo/Parainfluenza
- DHLPP - Distemper/Hepatitis/Leptospirosis/Parvo/Parainfluenza
- DHLPPC - Distemper/Hepatitis/Leptospirosis/Parvo/Parainfluenza/Corona
Your veterinarian can determine what vaccines are best for your cat.
Feline Combination Vaccines
- FVCRP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)
Canine and Feline Rabies
Since animals who have rabies secrete large amounts of virus in their saliva, the disease is primarily passed to dogs through a bite from an infected animal. It can also be transmitted through a scratch or when infected saliva makes contact with mucous membranes or an open, fresh wound. The risk runs highest if your dog-or any pet-is exposed to wild animals. The most common carriers of the rabies virus in this country are bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes. In the United States, rabies is reported in cats more than in any domestic species. If there are also cats in your household, it’s important to make sure they are vaccinated and kept indoors.
Canine Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
The most common viral agent is parainfluenza virus. This common virus will cause mild symptoms lasting less than 6 days unless there is involvement of other bacteria, as is usually the case. Most 5-way vaccines and 'kennel cough' vaccines offer some protection against this virus.
Bordetella bronchiseptica is the most common bacteria isolated from dogs with tracheobronchitis. Clinical signs of infections occur 2-14 days after exposure, and if uncomplicated with other agents, symptoms will last around 10 days. However, after the infection has been resolved, the affected animal will continue to shed the bacteria for 6 to 14 weeks and can spread the disease to other susceptible animals during that time. Bordetella is one of the agents protected against through the use of intranasal 'kennel cough' vaccines. Parainfluenza and Bordetella most commonly appear together in infectious tracheobronchitis, creating a disease that normally lasts from 14-20 days.