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Vaccines are an important aspect in protecting your pet's health, and an important part of preventing the spread of unwanted disease. We have adopted a 3-year protocol for our patients that ensures each animal is protected, without the need for over-vaccination. A great deal of research has gone into selecting the most appropriate vaccine protocol for both cats and dogs by the AAFP, AVMA, and AAHA. Please read the descriptions below for the most current recommendations for our feline and canine companions.
At Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital of Charlotte, the safety of our patients is always our top priority. With this in mind, we only use the Merial Purevax line of vaccines in our feline patients. This type of vaccine has a much lower adverse reaction rate than traditional vaccines and offers a significantly lower risk of feline sarcoma development. As you read the descriptions below, you will see Rabies, Distemper, and Leukemia all carry the Purevax name.
Rabies-By NC State law, all cats, regardless of lifestyle (indoor/outdoor), are required to have rabies vaccines to protect against this highly fatal disease. Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital of Charlotte only uses the Merial Purevax 1 year vaccine for our feline patients. We also carry a 3 year vaccine, however it is reserved for specific instances. Please click on the link below to learn more about rabies:
Distemper (FVRCP) – This Purevax vaccine protects against three highly contagious viruses and should be kept up-to-date in all cats regardless of their lifestyle. This means vaccination boosters every 1 to 3 years based on your pet’s age and vaccination history. Please click on the links below to learn about the three diseases this single vaccine can help prevent in your cat:
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) – This Purevax vaccine offers protection against a highly contagious virus spread in the saliva of cats. Once contracted, this virus can lead to leukemia for which there is no effective treatment. According to the AAFP, FeLV vaccination is recommended for all kittens during their initial vaccine series, at 1 year of age, and then depending on lifestyle thereafter. Cats that go outside, or are in contact with cats that go outside, are updated every 1-3 years. Please click on the link below to learn more about this disease in our feline friends:
At Compassionate Care, we only use the safest vaccines for our canine patients. We have hand selected vaccines that offer optimal protection with minimal adverse reactions. Each furry family member is evaluated individually to determine what vaccines are needed. Not all dogs are the same!
Rabies – Rabies vaccination is one of the most important vaccines to protect both your family and your pet and is required by law. It is a "core" vaccine and should be updated every 1 to 3 years based on your pet’s age and vaccination history. Please click on the link below to learn more about this fatal disease:
Distemper (DAPP) – This vaccine offers protection against four highly contagious and deadly viruses that can be spread between dogs. DAPP is considered a “core” vaccine and should be kept up-to-date in all dogs. This means vaccination boosters every 1 to 3 years based on your pet’s age and vaccination history. Please click on the links below to learn more about the four nasty diseases this single vaccine can prevent:
Adenovirus Type 2
Bordetella (Kennel Cough) – A highly contagious respiratory disease that causes coughing and in some cases, and can progress to pneumonia. This vaccine is given every 6 months to a year depending on your pet's exposure and life style. It is administered as a liquid in the nose or as an subcutaneous injection if your pet is head shy. It is recommended for any pet that goes to a boarding facility, groomer, doggy daycare, training classes, or dog parks. Please click on the links below for more information:
Leptosporisis – This is a dangerous bacteria spread in the urine of numerous wild animals that causes severe kidney and liver disease. It is considered a zoonotic disease, meaning that it can be spread to people as well. This organism accumulates in bodies of water such as lakes, creeks, ponds, and long standing puddles. We recommend Leptosporosis vaccination for dogs with an active outdoor lifestyle, those that go swimming often, or with access to large areas frequented by wild life. Leptsporosis can be given as a solo vaccination or in combination with a Distemper vaccine and is boostered annually. Please click on the links below for more information about this devastating disease:
Lyme – This is a bacterial disease spread by ticks which are becoming increasingly common in Charlotte and the surrounding regions. Lyme disease can cause pain, arthritis, fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. In some cases, it can also lead to fatal kidney and neurologic disease. Lyme vaccination is recommended for dogs with active outdoor lifestyles and those with high tick exposure. Lyme vaccination is used along with consistent administration of flea and tick preventatives to stop the disease before it starts. Please click on the link below for more information:
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I have used Dr Johnson ever since she opened this office and my pets love her to death. She is very caring and does not rush you and always answers your questions in layman's terms. She loves her work along with her associates.