At Broadmoor East, your pet’s health and well-being is our top priority. We strongly believe that one of the easiest ways to protect your pet’s health is to vaccinate them against life-threatening diseases such as Distemper, Parvo and Rabies.
We understand that vaccines can be scary for both you and your pet, so we do everything in our power to minimize the fear, and keep your pet as safe as possible. Our medical team has done their due diligence to ensure the vaccines we provide are both safe and effective.
Our veterinarians are masters of distraction when it comes to administering vaccines, and often, pets hardly even notice the doctor giving their shots. Of course, we always follow our vaccines with a treat and some love, to help your pet feel comfortable.
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Rabies is a deadly virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is secreted in saliva and is transmitted to animals and people when bitten by an infected animal. Dogs, cats, and ferrets may show a number of symptoms including fearfulness, aggression, excessive drooling (foaming at the mouth), difficulty swallowing, staggering and seizures. Once the outward signs of Rabies appears, it is almost always fatal.
Vaccination against rabies is required by law to be given to all dogs and cats. The first vaccination must be given between 12 and 16 weeks of age, and a booster dose must be one year later. After that, the Rabies must be given every 3 years.
For more information on Rabies Vaccination laws in Cheyenne, WY, click here.
The Canine Distemper vaccine, also known as DHPP, DAPP, or DA2PP, protects your dog against 4 major illnesses. These illnesses include:
Distemper Virus: Canine Distemper is a virus that affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous system of dogs. It is usually spread through respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes. There is no cure for distemper virus, and infection is often fatal. Dogs that do survive may have permanent neurological damage/impairment.
Hepatitis/Adenovirus-2 (CAV-2): DHPP vaccines include CAV-2 for two reasons. First, CAV-2 can cause upper respiratory infection in dogs. And secondly, vaccinating against CAV-2 provides protection against CAV-1 which is a virus that causes potentially fatal liver infections in dogs.
Parvovirus: Canine Parvovirus is most common in puppies, but can affect dogs at any age. Parvo attacks the GI tract, which causes vomiting and diarrhea that can be fatal, even with intensive care hospital treatment. With aggressive treatment, many (but not all) dogs survive infection.
Parainfluenza Virus: Canine parainfluenza is a highly contagious virus that causes coughing and other respiratory symptoms.
The Feline Distemper vaccine, otherwise known as FVRCP, protects your cat against 3 potentially deadly illnesses.
Rhinotracheitis: Rhinotracheitis is triggered by the feline herpes virus. Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, drooling, crusty/goopy eyes and lethargy. If left untreated, this disease can cause dehydration, starvation, and death.
Calicivirus: This virus causes similar symptoms to Rhinotracheitis, also affecting the respiratory system, but also causes ulcers in the mouth. This virus can result in pneumonia if not treated, with kittens and geriatric cats being the most susceptible.
Panleukopenia: This is also known as Feline Distemper and is spread easily from cat to cat. Nearly all cats will be exposed to panleukopenia at some point in their life, regardless of breed or lifestyle. It is most common in kittens who have not yet been vaccinated against it, and symptoms may include fever, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. Without medical intervention, cats and kittens can die very quickly, in some cases in as little as 12 hours.
Bordetella Bronchiseptica is the bacteria that primarily causes Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex, more commonly known as “Kennel Cough”. This bacteria is highly contagious and can spread via nose-to-nose contact, airborne respiratory droplets from coughs/sneezes, and from coming into contact with contaminated surfaces.
The Bordetella vaccination is strongly recommended for any dog who will be in contact with other dogs outside of the home, such as obedience classes, boarding, grooming, and dog parks. An up-to-date Bordetella vaccine is typically a requirement of boarding and grooming facilities.
Leptospirosis is a disease caused by the Leptospira bacteria. Dogs often come into contact with the bacteria through direct contact with an infected animal’s urine, contaminated water or soil, through a bite of an infected animal or by eating an infected animal’s tissues or carcasses.
Dogs who join their owners on hiking, hunting, camping, and fishing expeditions are at highest risk of coming into contact with Leptospira, though almost every dog in the United States are at risk, according. Most importantly, Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it can be spread from animals to humans.
Leptospirosis can cause kidney failure, which may be accompanied by liver failure.
Feline Leukemia (FeLV)
Feline Leukemia is a viral killer of cats. The virus weakens the immune system, and makes the infected cat much more vulnerable to other diseases, causes blood disorders and causes cancer.
Feline Leukemia is spread via contact with infected cats, especially through bite wounds, and mutual grooming.
Our veterinarians recommend that all cats who spend any amount of time outdoors get tested for and subsequently vaccinated (if they test negative) to help prevent infection.