PetMed Animal Health Center

2400 Gateway Dive
Dubuque, IA 52003

(563)583-8387

www.dbqpetmed.com

Immunization

Starting as early as 8 weeks, routine vaccinations play an important part in your pet's life. These vaccinations protect your pets against the most common diseases among dogs and cats to ensure a happy and healthy life.

Puppies/ Dogs

Puppies require a series of vaccinations and dewormings from the time they are 6 weeks old until they are 16 weeks old. Dogs require yearly vaccinations to ensure the proper protection of these infections.

Rabies: The rabies vaccine is required by law for all dogs over the age of 16 weeks. If the vaccine is given on or before the due date it was given the year before, the vaccine can be good for 3 years. If given after the due date, the vaccine is good for only 1 year. This vaccine is so important because rabies is unfortunately fatal once contracted.

Distemper (DHPP/CV): Distemper vaccines can be started at 6 weeks of age and given every 3-4 weeks until the puppy is 16 weeks old. If this schedule is not followed, it leaves the puppy open to the possibility of getting deathly ill. Dogs older than 16 weeks old are given this vaccine once a year. The distemper vaccine is required by law for boarding and grooming in state licensed facilities.

What is included in the distemper vaccine?

Distemper- Considered to be a contagious virus that attacks a dogs respiratory, central, and gastrointestinal systems. The virus is passed from dog to dog through saliva, blood, and urine.

Hepatitis- This is a contagious disease that causes a slight fever, congestion of the mucous membranes, severe depression, marked leukopenia, and coagulation disorders. It is generally passed from dog to dog through saliva, stool, and urine.

Parvovirus- Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that causes a life-threatening illness. Once infected, the virus attacks quickly and divides blood cells within the dog and severely affects the intestinal tract of the dog.

Parainfluenza Virus- This contagious virus contains the pathogens that cause the respiratory disease called kennel cough.

Bordetella (Kennel Cough): Kennel Cough is a contagious respiratory disease caused by many different types of viruses and bacteria. This vaccine is most compared to a "flu" vaccine in people. It is given annually and squirted up the nose to protect from the most common cause of kennel cough. Dogs who get groomed, board, go to daycare or the dog park, or any other activities where they interact with other dogs should get a bordetella vaccine.

Lyme: Lyme disease is transmitted by deer ticks. It can cause fever, joint swellings, and in severe cares, fatal kidney failure. It is important for dogs who hunt, camp, hike, live next to woods, or are otherwise exposed to ticks. The vaccine is given to puppies over the age of 8 weeks and is boostered 3-4 weeks later. It is then given annually.

Deworming: It is very common for puppies to have roundworms which are intestinal worms that may cause diarrhea or vomiting. In some cases, no symptoms are shown besides having worms present in your pets stool. Once the puppy is 8 weeks old, he will be given a dewormer and then another one at 11 weeks of age. Generally two doses are all that is needed to get rid of the worms.

Kittens/ Cats

Kittens require a series of vaccinations and dewormings from the time they are 6 weeks old until they are 16 weeks old. Cats require yearly vaccinations to ensure proper protection from these infections.

Rabies: The rabies vaccine is required by law for all dogs over the age of 16 weeks. If the vaccine is given on or before the due date it was given the year before, the vaccine can be good for 3 years. If given after the due date, the vaccine is good for only 1 year. This vaccine is so important because rabies is unfortunately fatal once contracted.

Distemper (FVRCP): The diseases the distemper vaccine prevents are highly contagious respiratory diseases. Distemper vaccines are started at 6 weeks of age and given every 3-4 weeks until the kitten is 16 weeks old. If this schedule is not followed, it leaves the kitten open to the possibility of chronic respiratory diseases. The vaccine is then given annually. The distemper vaccine is required by law for boarding and grooming in state licensed facilities.

What is included in the distemper vaccine?

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis- This infectious disease is caused by the feline herpesvirus type-1. It is transferred through saliva and nasal and eye discharge of an infected cat to a non-infected cat.

Calicivirus- This common disease attacks the respiratory tract, intestines, musculoskeletal system, and tongue by causing ulcerations.

Panleukopenia- Considered to be a highly contagious viral disease that is often fatal in cats. The virus attacks and invades rapid growing blood cells within the digestive system, developing nervous tissue and lymph tissue.

Feline Leukemia (Felv): Unlike people, leukemia in cats is caused by a virus. All new kittens and cats should be tested for leukemia and FIV. Cats get leukemia through blood and saliva. An infected mother cat can also pass it to her kittens while she is pregnant. Outdoor cats should be vaccinated for the virus. It is recommended that indoor cats also get vaccinated due to the possibility of them slipping outside. The vaccine can be given as early as 9 weeks of age and then boostered 3-4 weeks later. It is then given yearly.

Ferrets

Ferrets are vaccinated only 1 vaccine at a time and are pre-treated with Benadryl to lessen the severity of any reactions that may occur.

Rabies: Due to the possibility of humans contracted rabies, it is required by law. Rabies can be given after 16 weeks of age and is good for 1 year. 

Distemper: Ferrets can contract distemper from dogs and various wildlife such as coyotes, raccoons, skunks, mink and foxes. They can pick up the virus easily by having their owner bring it on their clothing and from the air. Ferrets are vaccinated yearly for distemper. There is no specific treatment for distemper in ferrets at this time.