Required Pet Vaccinations
At Star Hill Veterinary Clinic, we care about pets and want to keep them healthy and protected from dangerous and highly contagious diseases. Certain pet vaccinations are necessary for many reasons. Three-year rabies vaccination is recognized by the state of Texas and is required by law. Since our rural area has seen the occurrence of rabies, which is deadly to cats and dogs, vaccination is required yearly for our hometown clients in Bellville. Also, as many of us know, rabies can be contracted to humans from infected animals. Other pet vaccinations we provide for our patients in Bellville and surrounding areas include ones considered “core” by the greater veterinary community because they pose the largest risk, but we also provide other important vaccines your pet may benefit from.
When we administer the canine distemper vaccine, we protect dogs against four different diseases. Required vaccines for dogs include:
When we administer the feline distemper vaccine, we protect cats against three different diseases. Required vaccines for cats include:
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis
We Customize Vaccinations According to Your Pet’s Needs
Relevant vaccinations can vary from one pet to the next. Outside of “core” vaccinations, we offer lifestyle specific vaccinations to fully protect our patients.
Vaccinations we may recommend for your dog:
- Canine influenza
Various parts of the United States and the world have seen outbreaks of canine influenza, and in its most severe form can cause secondary infections like pneumonia. Though most dogs develop only mild symptoms, since the virus is spread through mucus carried throughout the air, any dog who is in frequent contact with other dogs will benefit from vaccination. Star Hill Veterinary Clinic carries the bivalent vaccine from Zoetis, which offers protection against canine influenza’s primary strains, H3N2 and H3N8.
Bordetella is similar to canine influenza, but is a bacterial infection. The incidence of rattlesnake bites in pets is most common between April and October, according to UCDavis Veterinary Medicine. The canine rattlesnake vaccine protects dogs from their dangerous venom in case their bitten during an altercation. Our area is no stranger to snakes and dogs may run into rattlesnakes during activities like hiking.
Vaccinations and testing we may recommend for your cat:
- Vaccination against feline leukemia (FELV) for adults, though we vaccinate all kittens
- Testing for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
If your cat spends time outside unsupervised, they’re a good candidate for protection from both feline leukemia and FIV. We protect all kittens from FELV, because they’re susceptible to infection and this can lead to serious immune deficiency issues. FIV is primarily passed through cat bites. While male cats who roam outside are at the highest risk for FIV, any cat who goes outside can contract it. If you have a big heart and like to adopt stray cats, we offer testing for FELV and FIV, so you can keep any of your other cats safe from infection. For more information about how we protect and keep pets healthy, please call or stop by our practice.
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