Whether your pet prefers the great indoors or spends most of their days outside, pet vaccinations are necessary to their continued health. Texoma Veterinary Hospital in Sherman offers vaccines that can be tailored to every pet’s lifestyle, whether that lifestyle is one of leisure or rigorous daily activity. Vaccines give your pet the best defense against rabies, distemper, and other life-threatening viruses. Call 903-300-1547 to learn more!
VACCINES FOR DOGS AND CATS IN SHERMAN
Since we are AAHA-accredited, our hospital follows the vaccine guidelines set by the American Animal Hospital Association. Rabies and distemper are “core” vaccines, which means they’re highly recommended for your pet’s protection. Any other vaccines are lifestyle-based and given only as needed.
- Distemper (DHLPP)
- Bordetella (kennel cough)
- Feline distemper (FVRCP)
- Feline leukemia (recommended for outdoor cats)
Diseases to watch out for
There are a variety of diseases that can infect your pet if they lack proper protection. These include:
- Rabies: Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). With a mortality rate of virtually 100%, the best way to combat this disease is to prevent infection altogether. Skunks, raccoons, foxes, and bats are carriers of rabies.
- Distemper: Dogs and cats each have their own version of distemper. In dogs, it targets the respiratory system. In cats, it affects the intestines and bone marrow. Distemper is highly contagious among animals and also has a high mortality rate.
- Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection primarily affecting dogs. The bacteria can be found in water and soil and infects animals that either drink the contaminated water or have a small open wound through which the bacteria can enter into the bloodstream.
- Heartworm: Mosquitoes can pass heartworm larvae to their hosts if they manage a bite. Heartworm disease may take years to develop before clinical signs become apparent. Untreated, heartworm disease can be fatal, so your pet should be tested yearly for this parasite.