The “Other” Vaccines

The “Other” Vaccines

Why you should vaccinate you pet against more than just rabies!

By: Morgan Labanowski

A few weeks ago I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and I noticed a friend of mine was looking for a new vet. Of course I was first to comment and recommended Dunlap Veterinary clinic 2! I told her that our team and vets are absolutely amazing and how I wouldn’t bring my pet anywhere else. She then asked what all vaccines she should get, before I got the chance to respond someone else did. This person said that “Rabies is the only thing that is required by law and all the other vaccines are just a money gimmick.” This really shocked me. So many people do not understand the importance of vaccinating their pets. These other vaccinations are NOT a money gimmick. Vaccinations are made for pets for the same reasons they are made for humans, to protect our body from harmful viruses that could make us sick or potentially be deadly. Wouldn’t you want the same for your pet?  Just like a child, your pet can’t protect themselves from harmful bacteria’s or viruses that surround them so they need us to help them and get them vaccinated! Here is some information about the vaccinations:


Parvovirus: is an often fatal virus disease of the intestinal tract. It is highly contagious among puppies and young adult dogs.

Distemper: is a highly contagious, often fatal disease. Distemper affects respiratory, digestive and nervous systems. It is especially dangerous to puppies.

Hepatitis: Is an infectious viral disease that can damage the liver, kidneys, spleen and lungs

Parainfluenza: Is an upper respiratory infection that causes “Kennel Cough”. Healthy adult dogs usually recover from it. Puppies and older dogs are at greater risk of serious complications.

Leptospirosis: Is caused by bacteria that can damage your dog’s liver, kidneys and other major organs. Other dogs, and even humans, can become ill after contact with infected dog’s urine.

Bordetella: Is the most common bacteria contributing to the respiratory disease complex, or “Kennel Cough,” in dogs. When the dog also has a viral infection, the disease can be much more severe.

Rabies: Is caused by a virus that attacks the brain. It is most commonly found in wildlife such as raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats. Rabies can be transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected animal.

Lyme Disease: Is a complex disease that affects the immune system. This disease is transmitted by ticks. Lyme disease affects wild and domestic animals as well as humans

Rhinotracheitis: is like the common cold in people, but causes more serious problems for kittens and older cats.

Calici Virus Infection: Can cause sneezing, fever, loss of appetite, inflammation around the eyes and ulcers in the mouth.

Panleukopenia: Also called feline distemper, is a highly contagious, often fatal disease, especially dangerous to kittens. Symptoms include high fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and depression.

Chlamydiosis: Is a mild upper respiratory disease that causes eye drainage, nasal discharge, sneezing and pneumonia.

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV): Is one of the most common causes of illness and death in cats. A FeLV vaccination is a necessity if your cat does or will go outside or if you have another cat that does in and out. FeLV is spread by contact with body fluids. In other words, grooming and licking, using the same litter area, and fighting all spread the virus.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP): Is moderately common, somewhat contagious, and usually lethal. FIP is spread through mucous membranes and normally requires repeated close contact. Outdoor cats are likely to be exposed to FIP.

Keep your animals safe and vaccinate today 🙂