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Pet Vaccinations From Our Veterinarian
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If you love your pets, it's only right and natural that you want to protect them from harm. Just as you would take any necessary steps to keep an outdoor dog or cat from being stolen away by thieves or attacked by wild animals, you want to help your pet's immune system defend against unwelcome microscopic invaders that cause deadly diseases. Pet vaccinations make this critical protection possible -- and here at Brekke Veterinary Clinic, our veterinarian in Castle Rock CO is more than happy to provide them.

How Vaccinations Work to Protect Your Best Friend

As common as vaccinations are, you may not be familiar with exactly how these pet shots work. A vaccine is a medication made from an inert version of the actual germ you want to protect your pet against. This inert material still carries the distinctive markers that cause the immune system to react to it as a genuine danger. This triggers the production of antibodies that defend your pet in the event of future exposure to the actual disease organism. But even the most effective vaccines lose their potency at some point, which means that our vet in Castle Rock must also give your pet occasional booster shots to keep the protection strong.

Rabies, Distemper, Bordetella and Other Pet Shots

There are many different kinds of vaccinations available, but which pet shots does your individual animal need? We provide two primary categories of pet vaccinations in Castle Rock: core and elective (or non-core). Core vaccinations are always recommended for puppies and kittens after the first few weeks of life, when they no longer have access to the antibodies they were getting from their mother's milk. Puppies and adult dogs need multiple rounds of core vaccinations against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza, which are often delivered together as a single shot, as well as protection against rabies. Kittens and adult cats need core vaccinations against rabies alongside a single injection that protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia.

Elective pet vaccinations in Castle Rock sometimes come into play for pets who face additional disease risks. For example your pets may benefit from protection against Bordetella, leptospirosis, canine influenza or feline leukemia if they spend time in boarding facilities or in close quarters with other animals. Our vet in Castle Rock may also recommend certain rattlesnake bite or Lyme disease vaccinations for outdoor animals. These vaccinations require occasional updates just as core vaccinations do, especially if you plan on boarding your pet or relocating him to a riskier environment in the near future. For a complete list of required core vaccinations and recommended vaccines for your cat or dog please see the list below:

Critical Prevention for Dogs

Canine Combination Core Vaccine (DHPPC)

D- Canine Distemper

  • A highly contagious viral disease
  • It affects the central nervous system and the upper respiratory system
  • It is a viral disease similar to that of measles in humans and can lead to death if not treated.
  • Signs: neurological twitching, eye discharge, and coughing 

H- Hepatitis (Adenovirus Type 2)

  • A viral disease that can lead to pneumonia and can lead to death if not treated
  • Signs: Fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea

P- Parvo-Virus

  • A highly contagious gastrointestinal virus
  • Often contracted by puppies 
  • It can lead to death if not treated
  • Signs: large amounts of blood and mucus in diarrhea, lethargy, vomiting, and fever 

P- Parainfluenza

  • A highly contagious viral infection
  • Seen in areas high in dog population such as dog parks, boarding facilities and pet stores
  • Signs: coughing, fever, runny nose and eyes

C- Corona

  • A highly contagious viral infection 
  • Signs: diarrhea, vomiting, 

Rabies

  • A viral infection that affects the brain and spinal cord 
  • There is no cure or treatment once contracted resulting in fatality
  • Contracted from contact with saliva during a bite from an infected animal
  • Signs:  altered behavior, possible aggression, progressive paralysis

Canine Vaccines Based on Lifestyle

Bordetella

  • A highly contagious bacterial infection that spreads through the air
  • This vaccine cannot prevent a pet from getting kennel cough but it helps to prevent from the most prevalent strains of it
  • Seen in areas high in dog population such as dog parks, boarding facilities and pet stores
  • Signs: dry/honking cough

Leptospirosis (based on environment and lifestyle)

  • A bacterial infection
  • Can occur from contact from an infected wild animal or animal feces
  • Can be passed from animals to humans
  • Signs:  lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, and jaundice and drinking excessive amounts of water

Rattlesnake (based on lifestyle)

  • A vaccine for dogs to provide protection against Western Diamondback Rattlesnake venom and is most effective against this snakes venom. 
  • If your dog lives, works or plays where rattlesnakes live, you should consider a rattlesnake vaccine
  • Rattlesnake venom can cause serious injury and even death
  • Signs of a bite: bite marks, swelling, lethargy, and vomiting

Influenza H3N2

  • A highly contagious respiratory virus 
  • It can progress to pneumonia and if untreated can result in fatality
  • Signs: fever, cough, nasal discharge

Critical Prevention for Cats

Feline Combination Core Vaccine (FVRCP)

FVR- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis

  • ​A viral disease that appears as conjunctivitis, pneumonia and respiratory issues.
  • This can become fatal.
  • Signs: coughing, sneezing, excessive mucus

C- Calicivirus

  • ​​A highly contagious respiratory infection that can be deadly 
  • Signs: mouth ulcers and inflammation ​

P- Panleukopenia

  • ​A highly contagious gastrointestinal virus
  • It can lead to death if not treated
  • Signs: diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, extreme lethargy and depression

Feline Leukemia

  • A virus that can be contracted by saliva, respiratory sections, blood, milk and fecal material from an infected cat, and in-utero
  • Not treatable and result in fatality
  • Signs: diarrhea, vomiting and jaundice

Rabies

  • A viral infection that affects the brain and spinal cord 
  • There is no cure or treatment once contracted resulting in fatality
  • Contracted from contact with saliva during a bite from an infected animal
  • Signs:  altered behavior, possible aggression, progressive paralysis

Call Our Animal Hospital in Castle Rock, CO

Whether your new puppy or kitten needs initial core vaccinations or your faithful old pal is due for an all-important update, our animal hospital in Castle Rock CO can provide him vital protection against killer diseases. Call Brekke Veterinary Clinic today at (303) 474-4260 to schedule the pet shots that help safeguard your animal's health!

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