Why Vaccinate Your Dogs?
At Newman Veterinary Centers, our top priority is to keep your pets healthy. Vaccinations help build your puppy’s immunities, thus protecting them from serious diseases. Here at Newman Veterinary Centers – Edgewater we take pride in giving your dog the best quality vaccinations. We even remind you when your pet is due for vaccines via email and postcard.
Puppies build their immunities by drinking their mother’s milk (colostrums), which is filled with nutrients and antibodies. Once weaned off their mother’s milk, their immunities start declining. Vaccinations are critical to helping protect young dogs from diseases.
Once your puppy reaches adulthood, he or she will need annual booster vaccines to keep their antibodies and immunities up to par. Your dog’s annual wellness exam is a great opportunity to receive canine booster vaccines.
Common Canine Vaccinations
Rabies is a deadly viral infection that attacks the central nervous system of mammals. What makes rabies so frightening is that it is equally contagious to humans! Rabies is spread when an infected animal bites any mammal. Raccoons and other feral animals often carry rabies. The rabies vaccination provides your dog with protection in case they come in contact with a rabid animal. There is no cure for rabies, so prevention is critical. Rabies vaccinations are required by law. Florida law states that “All dogs and cats 4 months of age or older must be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian.” A follow-up rabies vaccination is required one year after the dog’s first vaccine, and every three years after that. In order to qualify for a 3-year rabies vaccine, it must be given to your dog within 30 days of the scheduled annual revaccination date.
Bordetella Bronchiseptica is an airborne bacterium that causes the respiratory infection known as a kennel cough. Kennel cough is similar to influenza in human, and can also lead to pneumonia. The Bordetella vaccine is required for dogs that are going to be boarding, grooming or going to dog parks. We recommend the Bordetella vaccine for any dog that may come in contact with unfamiliar dogs. Bordetella can be administrated as an intranasal, injection or orally. Your puppy can be vaccinated against Bordetella at 6 to 8 weeks of age and should be boosted every 3 weeks until 4 months old. Bordetella vaccinations should be boosted annually in adult dogs.
Leptospirosis is a spiral bacteria organism that is highly contagious to a wide range of animals and humans. Leptospirosis is perpetuated in rats and is always present in the environment. We typically see more cases in the summer and fall. The disease thrives in rainy tropical climates, like Florida. Leptospira produces potent toxins that attack the liver and kidneys of the infected pet or person. At Newman Veterinary Centers – Edgewater we recommend vaccinating your dogs with a multi-strain lepto vaccine. The vaccine is given at 11 and 16 weeks of age, and annually thereafter.
DA2PP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Para influenza, Parvo)
The DA2PP vaccine protects your dog against four serious diseases, including: Canine Distemper, Hepatitis (Adenovirus type 2), Para influenza and Parvovirus. This is the most important core vaccine for your puppy. DA2PP should be given at 8 weeks of age. Your puppy should receive booster shots every 3 weeks thereafter until 4 months of age. Adult dogs need to have their DA2PP boosted annually.
Why Vaccinate Your Cats?
At Newman Veterinary Centers – Edgewater, our top priority is to keep your pets healthy. Vaccinations help build your kitten’s immunities, thus protecting them from serious diseases. We take pride in giving your cat the highest quality vaccinations. We also will remind you when your cat is due for vaccinations via email and postcard.
Kittens build their immunities by drinking their mother’s milk (colostrums), which is filled with nutrients and antibodies. Once weaned off their mother’s milk, the kitten’s immunities start to decline. Vaccinations are necessary to help protect young cats from serious diseases.
Once your kitten becomes an adult cat, they will need annual booster vaccines to keep their antibodies and immunities up to par. Annual wellness exams are a great opportunity to receive feline booster vaccinations.
Common Feline Vaccinations
Rabies is a deadly viral infection that attacks the central nervous system of mammals. Rabies is equally contagious to humans. Rabies is spread when an infected animal bites any other mammal. Raccoons and other feral animals often carry the disease. The rabies vaccination provides your cat with protection in case they come in contact with a rabid animal. There is no cure for rabies, so prevention is critical.Rabies vaccinations are required by law. Florida law states that “All dogs and cats 4 months of age or older must be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian.” A follow-up rabies vaccine is required one year after the cat’s first vaccine and every three years after that.
Feline Leukemia (FELV)
Feline Leukemia is a fatal virus with no known cure. Feline Leukemia is much different than Leukemia in humans. Feline Leukemia is a contagious virus. If a pregnant cat is infected with Feline Leukemia, her kittens will likely be born FELV positive. It is important to test kittens for FELV prior to vaccinating. After testing negative, the vaccine will be given three times as a kitten and annually thereafter. Feline Leukemia is easily transmitted from cat to cat. Always test new cats and kittens for FELV before bringing them it into a multi-cat household. Feline Leukemia ultimately breaks down the cat’s immune system, making them susceptible to diseases that they would normally be able to resist. At Newman Veterinary Centers – Edgewater we recommend giving kittens their first FELV vaccine at 8 weeks of age. FELV booster vaccines are administered at 11 weeks of age, 16 weeks of age and annually thereafter.
FEL 4-Way FVRCP (Feline Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, Chlamydophila and Calicivirus)
The FEL 4-way is an important combination vaccine that protects your cat against four serious diseases; Feline Distemper, Rhinotracheitis Chlamydophila, and Calicivirus. These four diseases are all extremely contagious and serious. At Newman Veterinary Centers we give kittens their first FVRCP vaccine at 8 weeks f age, and re-vaccinated every 3 weeks until at least 14 weeks of age. The FEL 4-way is vital for cats and should be boosted annually.