Just like babies and young children, your pets need to receive their vaccinations on schedule to develop and grow normally. Without vaccines, it's much easier for them to succumb to serious or deadly diseases like rabies and distemper. While no shot is completely without risk, it's up to you as a pet parent to weigh those risks against the diseases your pet could get by not getting the immunization.
At Grantsburg Animal Hospital, we are happy to counsel you on the right vaccine strategy for your pet. Because we treat several different species, we know that each animal has unique health needs. We provide your pet with both core and non-core vaccines. The latter type is required by law. It also guards against the spread of a deadly or highly contagious diseases. We make recommendations for non-core vaccines on a case-by-case basis depending on your pet's lifestyle and inherent risk factors.
Puppies and adult dogs should receive the following core vaccines at specific ages and intervals:
- Canine hepatitis
- Leptospirosis, which is a bacterial infection spread by contact with wild animals.
You also have the option of getting these non-core vaccines for your dog:
- Lyme disease
- Kennel Cough (Bordatella)
- Canine influenza
Kittens and adult cats have their own schedule of recommended and optional vaccinations. Core immunizations include:
- Feline herpesvirus to protect against a highly contagious upper respiratory disease.
- Calicivirus, another upper respiratory illness that also causes joint pain, fever, ulcers, and anorexia. feline leukemia
- Feline leukemia
Non-core cat vaccines include bordetella.
Your horse should receive the following core vaccinations to guard against equine-specific illnesses:
- Easter/Western Equine Encephallomyelitis, a virus spread by mosquitoes with a mortality rate as high as 90 percent.
- West Nile Virus
You may also wish to consider the following non-core vaccines based on your horse's current risk factors:
- Equine herpesvirus – Remove – not sure if this is still made.
- Equine influenza
- Potomac Horse Fever, a condition common in horses that roam in pastures near open waterways.
- Botulism - Remove
- Strangles, a highly contagious disease in barns with multiple horses of all different ages. It affects the ability to breathe and swallow normally.
Grantsburg Animal Hospital uses our own vaccination and de-worming schedule to evaluate the specific needs of each individual horse.
We Can Help Keep You on the Right Track with Vaccines
Whether you've just brought home a new pet or you're concerned that you may have missed some of your older animal's vaccinations, we can help. Please contact us to schedule an appointment or to request additional details about our vaccine recommendations.