“Prevention is the Best Medicine”
Like you and I pets are at risk of contracting many diseases. Fortunately many can be prevented through regular bi-annual pet examinations and vaccinations. Vaccinations fortify the immune system and aid in fighting diseases by preparing the body for intruding organisms that it may encounter and help build a strong immune system to defend your pet’s health.
In young puppies and kittens a series of vaccinations are given to help the body develop an immune system able to help fight off any infectious diseases. Mature pets require yearly re-vaccinations to boost this immunity. Indoor cats also require yearly vaccinations to strengthen their immunity. As your pets age their immune system may not be as capable to overcome diseases that can be transmitted from you to your pet without even realizing it.
It is important to maintain a vaccination schedule for adult animals to set in place what is called a 'herd or community immunity'. Keeping your healthy, adult pets properly vaccinated not only prevents your pet from contracting a potentially lethal disease it also keeps more at-risk animals, such as kittens, seniors, or immuno-deficient animals, safe.
Below you will find link for short descriptions of common diseases we vaccinate against for cats, dogs and ferrets. ALL of these animals should be vaccinated against rabies. For more detailed information regarding the importance of vaccination, risk factors and frequently asked questions, click here.
is a serious disease that is not only a threat to your dog, it can also be transferred to humans. Transmitted by contact through the urine of an infected dog or common wildlife (e.g. raccoons, skunks, and rodents), the Leptospira bacteria can be potentially fatal due to irreparable liver or kidney damage. Most of the wild carriers do not show and symptoms or signs. Ditches, lakes, streams, rivers, puddles and any form of stagnant water, even moist grass, can contain the bacteria. The only sure way of preventing this disease is updated annual vaccinations.
A fatal disease that attacks the brain and nervous system, all warm blooded animals are at risk including humans and pets. You and your pet do not have to come into contact with an infected wild animal, there is still the risk of infection if any broken skin comes into contact with saliva. An early sign of rabies are significant changes in behaviour, including but not limited to restlessness, aggression, and/or fear. Regular vaccinations against rabies are mandatory in most areas.