Cat and dog vaccinations help reduce the spread of diseases, including those that affect both animals and humans such as rabies, Lyme disease, and leptospirosis.
Cat and dog vaccinations help reduce the spread of diseases, including those that affect both animals and humans such as rabies, Lyme disease, and leptospirosis. That’s why The Animalife Veterinary Center at Mission Hills strongly advocates for routinely vaccinating your pets. Call (239) 435-1222 to schedule an appointment for your pet!
Our animal hospital provides all essential vaccines to keep pets free from the most dangerous diseases, including:
Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system and has a very high mortality rate. Primary carriers of this disease are raccoons, bats, coyotes, and foxes. If your pet ever encounters any of these animals, they should see their veterinarian right away.
Distemper is a deadly virus that targets the nervous, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems. Puppies and senior dogs are especially vulnerable to this disease.
Parvovirus is highly contagious and often affects puppies. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and severe dehydration. If not treated quickly, it can be fatal.
The feline strain of distemper is different from the canine strain. Also known as FP, this virus primarily affects the lymph nodes and intestines in cats and kittens. Symptoms may include vomiting and diarrhea, weight loss, fever, and runny eyes and nose.
In addition to our essential vaccines, we also offer vaccines that protect pets from lifestyle-based risks. These include:
Bordetella (kennal cough)
An evaluation of your pet’s health, age, size, environment, and travel frequency will tell us which lifestyle vaccines they will need. To learn more about these vaccines and what they protect against, call (239) 435-1222.
Our goal is to start vaccinating pets when they are about 8 weeks old. Their immune systems are not fully developed at this time and benefit from the “boost” that vaccines provide. Puppies and kittens often receive a series of distemper boosters several weeks apart until they are about 16 weeks old, but this may vary. Make an appointment with us so you can figure out your pet’s vaccination schedule!