It's August, which means that National Immunization Month is here. Just like people, animals need vaccines to protect them from the devastating effects of several contagious diseases. Keeping up with your pet's regularly scheduled vaccines is one of the most important things you can do to ensure her long-term good health. This is true even if she mostly stays inside. Many serious animal illnesses are spread through airborne contact, which means your pet could pick up a virus through an open window. Germs can also spread quickly among unvaccinated pets in places such as grooming salons, boarding kennels, and dog parks.
Essential and Optional Vaccines for Cats and Dogs
The feline distemper shot, also called the FVRCP, protects cats against the serious and highly contagious diseases of Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. The canine distemper shot, also called the DHPP, protects your dog from Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus. Most states also enforce mandatory rabies vaccinations for both cats and dogs.
For cats, Dr. Kendrick or Dr. Neece may recommend a vaccine for Bordetella, Chlamydia, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), and Feline Leukemia based on your cat's lifestyle, breed, and other factors. For dogs, your doctor may advise you to get a vaccine for Bordetella, Canine Influenza, Canine Virus, Leptospirosis, or Lyme Disease. Dr. Kendrick and Dr. Neece always take your feedback into consideration when making these recommendations.
Kittens and puppies should start their FVRCP or DHPP series between six and eight weeks of age. This involves getting the original dose followed by several boosters to ensure strong immunity. If your adult cat or dog is behind on his shots, we can get him caught up at Country Club Pet Hospital. We are happy to discuss your pet's vaccination schedule at his next well visit exam, by phone, or through electronic messaging.
As we welcome this year’s Texas summer heat with its joys of swimming, barbecuing and playing ball, we must also remember to take precautions for our pets.
Although there’s not a precise temperature that’s considered “too hot” for our pets, the high 80’s and above can pose serious health risks for them. One of the most serious risks is heat stroke/exhaustion. Caution must be taken with all pets, but overweight and brachycephalic (animals with short noses such as bulldogs, frenchies, bostons, etc.) pets are at a significant elevated risk for heat stroke/exhaustion, even if only exposed for short periods of time. Keep an extra close eye on these pets!
So what should you look for?
- elevated body temperature
- excessive panting
- pale gums
If you see any of these signs, please give us a call or go to an emergency veterinary hospital immediately.
A less frequently considered summer risk is the one posed by hot concrete. Concrete/black top absorbs and holds on to heat very effectively and can easily burn and blister your pets’ paw pads. The general rule to follow is: if it’s too hot for you to stand on with bare feet, it’s too hot for your pets’ paws. Keep an eye out for limping, paw pad discoloration, excessive paw chewing and reluctance to stand. Paw pad injuries are prone to infections and slow to heal so give us a call if your pet shows any signs of paw pad burns or blisters.
Summer should be fun, make sure it’s fun for your pets too!
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Mansfield, TX 76063
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