Keep your pets legal and keep them up to date. Indiana law requires that all pets over the age of 12 weeks be vaccinated against Rabies. We offer both 1 year and 3 year Rabies vaccines. In addition to Rabies, there are other “core” vaccines that we feel all healthy dogs should have. Distemper and Parvo vaccines are also offered every 3 years. Lyme disease and Leptospirosis are 2 other disease that we try to make our clients aware of that are in our area. There are 1 year vaccines available for these diseases.
If your dog is social and goes to social places like the groomer, daycare etc. We would encourage you to consider vaccinating against Kennel Cough and Canine Influenza.
Cats should be vaccinated with an upper respiratory complex as their “core” vaccines. If your cat is exposed to the outdoors we would encourage you to consider vaccinating against feline leukemia virus.
Leptospirosis is becoming more and more prevalent in Monroe County and surrounding areas. We have seen three patients in the past two months that have tested positive for this devastating disease.
Leptospirosis is a zoonotic bacterial disease; meaning it is transmissible to humans. It spread through urine of infected animals and lives in water, such as streams, lakes, rivers, and puddles; and also moist soil.
Signs include flu-like symptoms such as fever, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, weakness, and lethargy.
In the most severe cases, Leptospirosis can lead to kidney and/or liver failure, and death.
Luckily, there is a vaccination for this disease. We’ve offered it for several years and have recommended it for animals that may be at risk; but are now recommending it for all dogs regardless of their lifestyle due to the increasing prevalence of Leptospirosis.
Beginning January 1, 2019, we are requiring current Leptospirosis vaccinations for all dogs that will be boarding in our kennel.
For more information, please see the following links; or feel free to call our office with questions.