Whether your pet is a kitten, a puppy, or an older rescue, Garland Animal Services reminds residents of the importance of keeping your pet’s vaccinations up to date.
“As we enter the warmer months of the year, contagious diseases of our pets become more prevalent. In puppies and dogs, parvovirus and distemper often kill those infected. In kittens and cats, panleukopenia and leukemia likewise have high mortality rates.
These highly contagious diseases are nearly 100% preventable with vaccinations. Puppies and kittens should begin their vaccinations at seven to eight weeks of age and receive boosters every three to four weeks until they reach four months of age.
Adult dogs and cats need boosters every one to three years based on their veterinarian’s recommendations. And don’t forget to keep your pets’ rabies vaccinations current throughout their lives; this means boosters every one to three years depending on the vaccine given.
Did you know that raccoons are susceptible to the canine distemper virus? Garland Animal Services has recently seen a number of raccoons sickened by what appears to be canine distemper. Raccoons also are one of the wild animals in Texas that can contract rabies. If you see a raccoon that looks sick or is acting aggressive or friendly, do not touch it; call animal services immediately.
Bottom line—keep your pets’ vaccinations current, and take them to their vet at least once a year for a checkup.”