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Averting Harmful Diseases with Pet Vaccinations

Diseases are the most likely threats your pet will face during their lifetime. Diseases can spread from animal to animal, from animal to human, or from human to animal with startling speed and cause serious illness. Fortunately, pet vaccinations can reduce or eliminate the threat of infection.

Wrigleyville Veterinary Center offers all of the most important vaccines that dogs and cats need to stay protected, regardless of their lifestyle. Since some of our patients may be more at risk than others for a certain disease, we want to ensure that all of our patients have maximum protection.

Vaccines We Carry to Protect Dogs and Cats

Both dogs and cats should be vaccinated regularly to stay protected. The vaccines we offer to keep them safe include:

Dogs

  • Rabies
  • Distemper (canine distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and leptospirosis)
  • Bordetella
  • Canine influenza
  • Lyme

Cats

  • Rabies
  • FVRCP-C (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, chlamydia, and panleukopenia)
  • Feline leukemia

Rabies

The rabies virus has a high mortality rate. Carriers of this disease include raccoons, bats, foxes, and coyotes. Rabies attacks the central nervous system and the brain and can affect both animals and humans.

Distemper

Canine distemper affects the respiratory system, causing coughing, sneezing, fever, and discharge from the eyes and nose. Other symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and depression. Like rabies, distemper can be deadly.

Feline distemper (panleukopenia) affects the intestines and causes weakness, decreased appetite, lethargy, and fever, and can also be fatal.

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Why Pets Need to be Vaccinated Regularly

Routine vaccinations are necessary to give your pet ongoing disease protection for life. Vaccines increase your pet's immunity to viral diseases and should be given regularly to maintain that immunity. Without vaccinations, your pet is more vulnerable to infection.

An Early Start is Key

Puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable to disease, due to their weaker immune systems. That’s why starting their vaccinations when they are 6-8 weeks old is important. We offer vaccine boosters that must be given every 4 weeks to gradually build up their immunity and keep them protected as they grow.

If your pet needs to get started with their vaccinations, give us a call at (773) 698-7525.

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