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What Does My Pet Need?
The purpose of microchips used for pets is to provide a form of permanent identification.
ESSENTIAL VACCINATIONS FOR YOUR DOG
- Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHPP). Commonly called the “distemper shot,” this combination vaccine actually protects against the four diseases in its full name.
- Rabies. Rabies virus is fatal and all mammals, including humans, are susceptible to infection. Rabies vaccinations for dogs are required by law in most states.
OTHER VACCINES FOR DOGS
Your veterinarian may also recommend other vaccines for your dog depending on where you live and your dog’s lifestyle:
- Leptospirosis. Often included as part of the distemper combination vaccine (making it a DHLPP), this bacterial infection is most prevalent in moist climates where there are areas of standing or slow-moving water. This disease can also be spread from animals to humans.
- Bordetella (commonly called “kennel cough”). The bordetella virus causes an extremely contagious upper respiratory infection.
- Lyme Disease. A bacterial infection carried by ticks, this disease is extremely prevalent in certain parts of the country — in particular, the east and west coasts and the areas around the Great Lakes.
ESSENTIAL VACCINES FOR YOUR CAT
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP). Commonly called the “distemper” shot , this combination vaccine protects against three diseases: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (sometimes called “feline distemper”).
- Rabies. Rabies virus is fatal and all mammals, including humans, are susceptible to infection. Rabies vaccinations for cats are required by law in most states.
OTHER VACCINES FOR CATS
Your veterinarian may also recommend other vaccines for your cat depending on where you live and your cat’s lifestyle:
- Feline Leukemia (Felv). Felv is a viral infection that depresses the immune system and cats tend to remain infected for life. There is no treatment and the disease is eventually fatal. Especially important for cats who go outdoors.