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Vaccinations

Cave Spring Animal Hospital can provide many different vaccinations for your pet.

Rabies

Rabies can affect all animals and people and can be fatal. In every part of the United States, dog owners, and possibly cat owners, are required to have their pets vaccinated against rabies. All of your dogs, cats, and ferrets, whether kept indoors or outside, must be vaccinated for rabies.

Canine Distemper

Canine Distemper is one of the greatest threats to the canine population. More than 50% of adult dogs that contract the disease will die from it. Among puppies, the death rate from distemper often reaches 80%. Our veterinarians recommend annual vaccinations for all dogs.

Canine Parvovirus (CPV) Infection

CPV is spread by dog-to-dog contact and has been diagnosed at dog shows, breeding and boarding kennels, pet shops, humane shelters, parks, and playgrounds. With few exceptions, we recommend your dogs be vaccinated and receive boosters yearly to prevent CPV infection. Cave Spring Animal Hospital often recommends a combination vaccine which includes canine distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and leptospirosis.

Bordetella (Kennel Cough)

Bordetella or Kennel Cough is an upper respiratory disease that produces coughing, sneezing, and often a nasal discharge. Like parvo, it is found wherever dogs congregate. The vaccine is usually given by way of nose drops but is also available in an injectable form. This vaccine is required in order to board your dog in our kennels.

Borrelia (Lyme Disease)

Lyme Disease is an extremely painful, debilitating bacterial disease that is transmitted by ticks. Although Lyme disease is uncommon in the area surrounding Rome Georgia, if you travel with your dog to an area endemic for Lyme disease, you should consider vaccinating for Lyme disease.

Canine Influenza (Dog Flu)

Canine Influenza, or Dog Flu, is an upper respiratory disease that produces coughing, sneezing, fevers, body pain and often a nasal discharge. Unlike swine or avian flu, it cannot be transmitted to people or other species of animals. Similar to the flu in people this disease is more severe in the young and older dogs and can be fatal. Outbreaks of this virus have been documented in Georgia and we require this vaccine in all dogs boarded at Cave Spring Animal Hospital.

Feline Leukemia (FELV)

Feline Leukemia, or FELV, is a viral disease that attacks t-cells in a cat’s blood. If your cat goes outside or lives with other cats that go outside, it should be vaccinated for feline leukemia. Once an infected cat is introduced to a household, the disease can remain in the environment for up to a year after the cat has been removed.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV, is a viral disease that attacks the cat’s immune system. This virus affects cats like HIV does humans. FIV cannot infect humans or dogs and is a feline specific virus. If your cat goes outside or lives with other cats that go outside, it should be vaccinated for feline immunodeficiency virus. Any cat infected with this virus should never be allowed to go outside without constant supervision.

Feline Panleukopenia (FP)

Feline Panleukopenia, or FP, usually referred to as feline distemper, is a virus that runs rampant in the feline community. Even if you raise your cat in total isolation, it is all but impossible to prevent exposure to this deadly virus. Once tested, our doctors recommend your feline companion be vaccinated every year as a booster to maintain immunization. The vaccine we use is combination type (FvRCP-C), which also covers several other feline diseases in a single injection.

Three Year Vaccines

We offer a canine DAP-R (distemper, parvo and rabies virus) and feline HCP-R (FvRCP and rabies virus). Our doctors at Cave Springy Animal Hospital may recommend the three-year duration vaccines for your pet if your pet meets the requirements based on its age and lifestyle.

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