How Pet Vaccines Work
Pet vaccines are especially important in light of the fact that puppies and kittens aren't born with any disease resistance of their own. Any resistance "borrowed" from their mother (it comes naturally through the colostrum while nursing) vanishes after the first few weeks of life, making vaccination a must.
Core Pet Vaccinations and Elective Pet Vaccinations
- Rabies – Rabies is invariably fatal and can be transferred through the bite of an infected animal, so dogs and cats both need this vaccination. Since Rabies can be transmitted to people, there is a legal requirement that all dogs and cats in Marin receive Rabies vaccination. While we do not enforce this county ordinance, we make sure to educate our clients about it.
- Canine hepatitis – Dogs need a canine hepatitis vaccination to protect them from this serious liver ailment.
- Parvovirus – Parvovirus causes catastrophic digestive or cardiac symptoms in dogs, sometimes leading in death. It is also highly contagious.
- Distemper – Distemper comes in canine and feline versions, so both kinds of animals need this vaccination.
- Calicivirus – This virus can cause severe oral ulcerations, upper respiratory infections or even symptoms of lameness in cats.
- Rhinotracheitis – Rhinotracheitis, also called felne herpesvirus type 1, causes severe respiratory infections as well as conjunctivitis in cats.