Morgan Pet Clinic in West Omaha, NE, wants every pet to live a healthy life. Preventative care is the best way to ensure that happens. Keeping a pet's vaccinations up-to-date reduces the chances of your four-legged friend contracting a serious and potentially fatal disease.
Why Vaccinate Your Pet?
Vaccines are designed to trigger a pet's immune system to produce antibodies to protect against disease. Newborns have immature immune systems which are why they require frequent vaccinations during their first year of life. Once they have a foundational immunity, pets may require boosters to maintain an adequate level of protection. There's no better gift for your pet than protection from life-threatening diseases.
What are the Recommended Pet Vaccinations?
Veterinarians recommend the following vaccinations for dogs and cats.
- Rabies. Domesticated animals such as cats and dogs must receive a rabies shot as required by law. Boosters are given to maintain immunity.
- DHPP. This combination shot protects against hepatitis, canine distemper, parvovirus, and parainfluenza.
- Leptospirosis. This vaccination may be given separately or as part of the DHPP combination. The DHLPP protects against a bacterial infection that may be transmitted to humans.
- Canine influenza. This infection spreads quickly among dogs, which is why immunization is so important. Canine influenza cannot be transmitted to humans.
- Bordetella. If your dog or cat is boarded or interacts with other dogs in close quarters, this vaccination is recommended. Bordetella is often called kennel cough. This immunization is required by most pet boarding facilities.
- FVRCP. This combination shot protects cats against upper respiratory infections such as Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, and feline distemper.
- FeLV. This vaccine protects against feline leukemia and is recommended for all cats, especially those that spend time outdoors.
Cats and dogs also need flea and tick protection. Fleas and ticks are more than an annoyance. They can cause health problems such as infections and Lyme disease. Lyme disease, which is treatable, can cause long-term health problems for infected animals. There are numerous flea and tick prevention treatments. If you are uncertain about which treatment is best for your pet, be sure to talk to a Morgan Pet Clinic veterinarian to find the best solution for your dog or cat.
Veterinarian in West Omaha
If you are looking for pet vaccination services in West Omaha, the veterinary professionals at Morgan Pet Clinic are ready to assist you. For more information on the pet vaccinations we offer or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call us at (402) 895-1001.