North County Animal Hospital Offers Pet Vaccinations in Jupiter

pet vaccinations in JupiterPet vaccinations are vital to shield dogs & cats from many infectious and often deadly diseases. Vaccinations can help your pet live a long, healthy life. Though vaccines have basically eliminated many diseases fatal to pets, there are still diseases that pose a significant threat to unvaccinated pets in Jupiter. As a caring and responsible pet owner, it is important to know which vaccines are essential to your particular pet, and when they should be updated.

There are some pet vaccines necessary to the health and safety of all dogs and cats, whereas some pet vaccines need only be administered dependent on your pet’s particular lifestyle. Factors can include their risk based on exposure to certain diseases due to their environment, or changes that occur throughout a pet’s life. We take all these factors into account when we recommend which vaccines your pet should have administered.

Over Vaccination?

Dogs and cats do build up some level of immunity and might not need to be vaccinated as often.  This doesn’t mean that you do nothing.  A vaccine titer (requires a small blood samples sent to the lab) is a valuable tool for Dr. Sinko to determine if indeed your dog has a sufficient immunity to the disease if they were challenged with it.

Rabies vaccination is required by the county/state for all dogs and cats over 4 months of age. Rabies is a zoonotic disease and can be transmitted to humans.  Rabies is deadly.   Rabies vaccination can be given every year or every 3 years.  Again, there is a vaccine titer available if you are concerned with over vaccinating your pet.

Leptospirosis is an up and coming problem.  The University of Florida Veterinary College reported to all veterinarians that they saw a significant spike in cases in 2014.  Lepto can be difficult to diagnose as it doesn’t provide a clear cut set of symptoms.  Symptoms can be vague and sporadic and lacking consistency.  Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease which means it CAN be transmitted from dog  to human.  Humans can contract the disease by cleaning up the urine of an infected or ‘carrier’ pet.  Pets can contract leptospirosis from coming in contact with the contaminated urine of the primary carriers; raccoons, possums, rats and squirrels.  We have plenty of those in Florida and adding the tropical climate and sprinkling re-claimed water makes it’s is a perfect environment for the disease.

Canine influenza is a newly emerging infectious disease caused by a “flu” virus. Just like human “flu,” canine influenza is highly contagious. In fact, unless a dog has already had the illness and recovers, virtually every dog exposed to the virus will become infected. Since 2003, there have been numerous reports of influenza outbreaks in veterinary clinics, kennels and shelters. The most common sign of canine influenza is a persistent cough. It’s hard to diagnose canine influenza because many times it can be confused with kennel coughsince the signs are very similar. Often canine influenza is not suspected until the illness becomes unusually severe or lasts an unusually long time. Canine influenza spreads the same way that human flu spreads – through direct contact (kissing, licking, nuzzling), through the air (coughing or sneezing), and via contaminated surfaces. A new canine influenza vaccine is available and has been proven to significantly reduce the severity of influenza and the length of time that a dog is sick. Please call us today to find out more information on canine influenza and if your dog should be vaccinated.

Our doctors at North County Animal Hospital are well-trained to assess the vaccination needs of your individual pet. We will recommend a vaccination program based on your individual pet’s risk factors, including a schedule for booster shots. It is our goal to make sure our animal friends live long, healthy, and happy lives, free from preventable diseases.

Scheduling pet vaccinations is an important decision in your dog or cat’s health and well-being – please don’t put this off. Contact our veterinary team in Jupiter and set up an appointment to discuss your pet’s vaccination needs. Call 561-746-7496 today!