We all love spending quality time with our pets on a hot summer’s day. However, we need to stay vigilant in summer, as the warmer weather can expose our pets to several dangers.
Summer is here and hopefully, some of you are taking a hard-earned break! Whether it be a stay-cation or an away-cation, you will want to make sure your pet is up to date with their vaccinations. If you are not sure when their vaccination is due, give us a call.
Here are the top vaccinations for your pet.
Cats should be vaccinated with at least an “F3” vaccinations. This protects them against the following:
- Feline herpes virus – which causes sneezing and a runny nose.
- Feline calicivirus – which causes difficulty breathing, runny eyes and nose, and can develop into pneumonia.
- Feline panleukopaenia – which causes vomiting and diarrhoea.
Dogs should be vaccinated with a “C5” vaccination. This protects dogs against the following:
- Distemper– a highly contagious viral disease which is often fatal. It can be spread via nose to nose contact with infected animals, or sniffing urine, vomit or faeces from an infected animal.
- Hepatitis – which causes inflammation of the liver. This disease is more extensive than affecting just this organ. Initially, the dog develops a fever, then the virus spreads to the lymphatic system and damages the liver and kidneys.
- Parvovirus– a viral disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract, bone marrow and lymphatic systems. The condition is contracted by contact with the saliva, vomit or faeces of an infected animal, or by direct contact with an infected animal.
- Canine Cough which is also known as Kennel Cough
There is a viral and bacterial version of kennel cough. Signs include a sudden onset dry hacking cough. Affected dogs can be bright and active, but the cough worsens with activity.
All the diseases above are highly contagious and some potentially fatal. The good news is that you can protect your pet from these diseases by keeping their vaccinations up to date.
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