Whether it is a cat or a dog, many people have a furry companion which they have added to their family. Some of these pet owners may think that even though their cat or dog spends 100% of their time indoors, they don't need to be vaccinated against various infectious diseases. However, this isn't the case. Even though living a life indoors is safer for your pet than living outdoors, certain diseases can still find their way into your home.
Vaccinations are an easy and essential way to protect your furry friend. They help create antibodies to build up immunity from certain communicable diseases. While no vaccine s 100% effective, your pet is still better off getting a vaccine than not getting one. If your pet contracts an infectious disease, it may be very difficult to treat. However, this can be prevented with routine vaccines. Some vaccines are even mandated in certain states.
There are many different types of vaccines to consider for your cat or dog. These vaccines can protect your pet against viruses that can be brought into your home on objects such as your clothes or your shoes. Transmission does not require contact with another dog or cat.
Core Vaccinations for Dogs
- The following 4 vaccines can be given as a single injection known as the DHPP vaccine.
- Distemper- This is a highly contagious viral infection that often turns fatal. It can affect the respiratory and nervous systems.
- Hepatitis- This is a viral infection in the liver which can affect multiple organ systems.
- Parvovirus- This is a highly contagious and often fatal viral illness that affects the dogs' gastrointestinal tract. It often includes severe vomiting and bloody diarrhea leading to dehydration. Young puppies are especially susceptible to parvo.
- Parainfluenza- This is a highly contagious respiratory virus, also known as kennel cough. It causes a dry cough, loss of appetite, lack of energy, nasal discharge, and low-grade fever.
- Rabies- This vaccination is required by law in most states. It is a fatal disease that is contagious to other animals and people and can be transmitted through the saliva of infected animals. Indoor dogs should get vaccinated as infected animals could get into your home through chimneys, AC units, holes in the attic, and more.
Core Vaccinations for Cats
- Feline Calicivirus and Feline Rhinotracheitis- These diseases cause upper respiratory infections in cats and kittens and are extremely common viruses.
- Feline Panleukopenia- This disease is also known as ‘feline distemper,’ and is caused by the FPL virus or feline parvovirus (FPLV). It can be fatal for infected cats.
- Rabies- This is a fatal disease that kills many mammals each year. It is contagious to other animals, as well as people. These vaccinations are required by law in most states.
Rely On Our Animal Hospital
If you have indoor or even outdoor pets in the Bellevue, WA area, rely on the team at Companion Animal Hospital. The team at our animal hospital can help you manage your pet vaccinations and keep detailed records to keep your indoor pets safe. We understand that staying up to date on recommended vaccinations can help prevent pets from contracting serious diseases. We strive to keep your pets safe and take pride in our veterinary hospital. For more information or to set up pet vaccinations, contact us today.