Dog And Cat Vaccinations In Albuquerque
Part of being a responsible dog or cat owner is ensuring that your pet has the regular veterinary care needed to keep them healthy and happy. Regular cat and dog vaccinations are critical in protecting your pets against common diseases that can be spread from animal to animal. Valley Vetco Albuquerque offers pet vaccinations at an affordable price to ensure that your dog and cat have the recommended shots to keep them safe from these diseases.
Common Dog Illnesses
- Distemper – A virus that causes sneezing, coughing, discharge from eyes and nose, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite. It can be particularly dangerous for puppies and adolescent dogs.
- Parvovirus – A highly contagious virus that cause vomiting and bloody diarrhea. It can also cause lifelong damage to the heart.
- Parainfluenza – Affects the respiratory system, with running nose, cough and labored breathing. It can lead to pneumonia.
- Bordatella Virus – Causes a honking cough, nasal discharge, conjunctivitis, and can lead to pneumonia.
Recommended Dog Vaccination Schedule
The distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza are combination dog vaccinations that are recommended at 6 weeks old, with boosters every three weeks until they are 20 weeks old. It is then given annually. The rabies vaccine is given for the first time at approximately 16 weeks and then annually.
Generally, the bordatella vaccination is only given to dogs that are boarded in kennels or stay in other group conditions. The vaccine cannot totally prevent infection from the virus but can lessen the severity of symptoms. Corona virus vaccine is not usually given routinely. However, veterinarians may recommend for puppies or older dogs during outbreaks of the disease. Rabies vaccine is recommended annually.
Common Cat Illnesses
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis – produces sneezing, eye discharge, nasal discharge, fever, loss of appetite and coughing. It can be a very dangerous illness for small kittens.
- Calicivirus – produces ulcers on the tongue, fever and pneumonia. Treatment is difficult, and the disease often spreads to other cats.
- Panleukopenia, or feline distemper – causes vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and dehydration. Treatment can be difficult.
- Feline leukemia virus - Causes a range of symptoms that can destroy the cat’s immune system. It may not produce symptoms for some time, but re-emerge later with cancer and other severe health problems.
Recommended Cat Vaccination Schedule
The FVRCP vaccine combines cat vaccinations against feline viral rhinotracheiitis, calcivirus and panleukopenia, also called feline distemper. This shot is recommended at 8 weeks, with booster at 12 weeks and 16 weeks. The vaccination is then given annually. The feline leukemia shot is given at 12 weeks with a booster at 16 weeks, then annually. Rabies vaccination should be given annually, as well.
All pets receiving a Rabies vaccination will be given a copy of the Rabies Certificate to be used for a city animal license. City of Albuquerque licenses can be obtained by mail, online, and at the Westside or Eastside shelters. The cost is $6.00 per sterilized pet. No charge for Senior Citizens or Qualified Low Income.