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At Lake Hickory Veterinary Hospital in Granite Falls, we believe that one of the most important aspects of caring for your pet’s health is vaccinating them against potential diseases. There are a variety of diseases that affect our pets and animals. This makes proper vaccination vital in protecting them from the many types of illnesses they are susceptible to.

Dog Vaccinations

Our veterinary practice recommends beginning our Sarasota dog vaccinations when your dog is a puppy. Although your puppy may seem like nothing can stop its boundless energy, its developing immune system is susceptible to diseases and viruses. By bringing your pet for vaccinations just after they’ve weaned off their mother’s milk, you help fill the protective gap they would otherwise experience without milk. Our office’s vaccinations for dogs include, but are not limited to:

Parvovirus: Canine parvovirus or parvo is a contagious disease that spreads between dogs through direct or indirect contact with feces. When your dog contracts parvo, its intestinal cells can die, resulting in vomiting, diarrhea, and potentially death.

Bordetella: This vaccination is most commonly given to dogs around nine weeks old. It’s crucial that your dog visit our practice for booster shots every 12 months to avoid illnesses like kennel cough, a highly contagious respiratory infection.

Lyme Disease: A potentially dangerous disease, Lyme disease is caused by disease-carrying ticks and is prevalent in areas with wilderness, like homes close to forests. We’ll provide your dog with their first vaccine around 12 weeks old.

Cat Vaccinations

Whether your kitten is less than a year old or entering its golden years, vaccinations are a superb way to keep your pet happy and healthy. Depending on your cat’s medical history and age, we may recommend various cat vaccinations to help them live a long and comfortable life. One of the crucial components of our vaccinations is deciding whether your cat has an increased risk of contracting diseases or viruses, like if they spend a lot of time outside. Some of our Sarasota cat vaccinations include:

Rabies: This preventable disease is transmitted to your pet when an infected animal bites them. Unfortunately, if your pet shows signs of rabies, it can lead to inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, resulting in death 100% of the time. Our team will begin your pet’s initial vaccination at 12 weeks old and provide booster shots every three years.

Feline Leukemia: Feline leukemia is a leading cause of cat deaths in the U.S. Our veterinary team will administer an initial vaccine around 12 weeks old and then yearly booster shots until 15 or 16 weeks.

Feline Herpesvirus: A dangerous virus, feline herpesvirus is harmful for its potential to cause health complications like conjunctivitis and fever. The virus can also go dormant and cause no noticeable signs of infection in your cat. We’ll handle your pet’s initial vaccination and annual booster shots. We’ll also test for feline herpesvirus whenever you need it.

It’s important to consult with us about the unique risks of living in our region. We will be happy to discuss the benefits of protecting your pet with vaccinations, as well as, provide you with information on the required vaccinations for your pet.

It is our goal to provide the highest level of care for your pet, and vaccination is an integral part of your pet’s overall health. Please contact us today if you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s vaccination.