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Sarasota Vaccinations Included in Pet Wellcare

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Are your pets protected against deadly illnesses? Our Sarasota animal clinic recommends that all pets be kept up to date on vaccinations. From rabies and distemper to parvovirus and kennel cough immunizations protect pets from highly contagious diseases. Not only can these vaccinations protect pets against fatal illnesses, but they can also help keep you and your family safe.

Vaccinations Prevent Sick Animals

We typically recommend that your pet receive the core vaccination series. The feline vaccination series includes the combined FVRCCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Chlamydia and Panleukopenia) and rabies. The canine vaccination series includes DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus) and rabies. We also recommend the Lyme Disease vaccine as one of our core vaccines for dogs and also, strongly recommend a heartworm combination test on a yearly basis for Florida pets.

Depending on your pet’s lifestyle, we may also make addition vaccination recommendations. For example, if your dog frequents boarding or grooming salons, we may recommend the Bordetella vaccination, which protects against kennel cough. Our Sarasota veterinarians may also recommend the FiV (feline immunodeficiency virus) and FeLV (feline leukemia) for your cat. Feline leukemia is a virus that can lead to cancer in some cats. Cat-to-cat transfer of the virus can even occur when cats share the same feeding dishes. For this reason, if you have one cat that has FeLV, we recommend vaccinating your FeLV-negative cat.

Pets should be vaccinated starting with the puppy/kitten shot series. This series provides basic protection against contagious illnesses until a young animal’s immune system is fully mature. While pets receive initial immunization protection from their mother’s milk, once pets are weaned this protection wanes. Our veterinarians recommend that young animals receive the vaccination series every three to four weeks until reaching 18 to 20 weeks of age. During puppy/kitten wellness visits, we will make specific recommendations based on your pet’s wellness needs.

Our veterinary team is frequently asked about the safety and effectiveness of immunizations. Some pet owners are understandably concerned about potential side effects including allergic reaction. Like any medication or treatment, there is always a small risk of allergic reactions. However, the risk for such a reaction is extremely limited. In fact, choosing not to vaccinate a pet is even more dangerous. Not only are pets at risk for illness, but also if a pet becomes infected, then some diseases could even spread to family members. In addition to rabies, leptospirosis can also be passed between dogs and humans. Family wellness starts with pet well care; preventing sick animals from infecting other pets and humans is essential for overall health.

Unfortunately, without vaccination protection, your pet is at risk for illness. Many pets that are sick will not show symptoms of illness until several days after they are infected. This means a seemingly healthy pet could play with your dog at the park and infect your dog – without you or the other pet’s owner knowing. Only routine vaccination can keep your pet healthy and safe.

No one wants the beloved pets in their lives to be sick animals. Keep your pet healthy -- contact our animal clinic today!