#3. What is a distemper vaccine, and why does my dog and cat need it?

#3. What is a distemper vaccine, and why does my dog and cat need it?

From the series “Top Twenty Questions Veterinary Clients Ask” Distemper vaccines are multivalent. This means a distemper vaccine protects your pet against 3-4 of the common viruses that can cause illness or death in cats and dogs.  Most canine distemper vaccines are comprised of modified distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, and parainfluenza virus.  Most feline distemper vaccines are modified panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus.  Canine viruses can be carried by foxes, coyotes, and other animals.  Feline viruses are

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#2. Why do my pets have to be vaccinated against Rabies?

#2. Why do my pets have to be vaccinated against Rabies?

From the series, Top Twenty Questions Clients Ask Rabies is 100% fatal. Rabies is a viral disease that can be transmitted to animals and humans.  The disease is transmitted mainly by bite, but exposure may also occur through contamination of broken skin or mucous membranes with saliva from an infected animal. Once neurological symptoms of the disease develop, rabies is fatal to both animals and humans. Children are the main victims. “Rabies is primarily a disease

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#1. Why test my dog for heartworm every year, when she is on heartworm prevention medication?

#1. Why test my dog for heartworm every year, when she is on heartworm prevention medication?

From the Series: Top Twenty Questions Asked by Veterinary Clients Heartworm disease is fatal. Juvenile worms attach to the inner surface of the right atrium and grow to a foot in length as they feed on blood and heart tissue. Their bodies block the proper function of the heart causing heart failure, but not before their breeding causes a chronic pneumonia making it hard for pets to breathe.  Coughing, difficulty breathing, then heart failure and

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