Important Diseases of Puppies and Kittens

In order for a pet to live a long and healthy life, one of the first things a new pet owner needs to do is to take their new friend to a veterinarian for an initial examination. This checkup initiates a lifetime preventative health program. During this initial appointment, vaccinations are provided to protect against the following important diseases.

•Rabies is a fatal virus that affects the nervous system of many animals, including cats, dogs and people. It is spread mainly by bites of infected animals. Vaccination is critical, not only to protect the life of the pet, but also yours and your family’s too.

•Canine Distemper is a widespread, often fatal disease. It can develop in up to 75% of unprotected dogs.

• Parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that normally affects the dog’s intestines, lymph tissue, and bone marrow. It can be fatal in puppies.

•Feline Leukemia Virus is one of the most important causes of illness and death in cats. A highly contagious disease, it can cause serious problems with your cat’s immune system and may cause cancer.

•Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is an incurable viral disease caused by infection with corona virus. FIP is the second deadliest viral disease of cats.

•Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus are upper respiratory diseases that cause sneezing, runny eyes and fever. Rhinotracheitis can be fatal to kittens.

•Feline Panleukopenia (sometimes also called Feline Distemper) is a virus that causes vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. It can be fatal.

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