Trust Our Knoxville, TN, Veterinarian with Your Pet’s Routine Care
At Callahan Drive Animal Hospital, we believe in having a relationship with our pet patients. That is why we offer care at every level, from routine vaccinations and dental care to emergency care. Vaccinations are one of the most important ways to keep your pet healthy and happy.
Vaccines are safe and effective. Many of the diseases the vaccines prevent are dangerous and have no cure. Rabies vaccines may also be required by local ordinance where you live. Here are some of the core vaccines.
Dog and Puppy Vaccines
Dogs have only 2 core vaccines.
• The rabies vaccine is an important vaccination for every dog. Once rabies is contracted, your pet will probably die within 7 days. During those 7 days, your dog could be dangerous and attack you and other animals.
• The combination DHPP vaccination protects your dog or puppy from distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. All of these diseases can be devastating to your dog and are easy to prevent. Your pet will need a series of the DHPP vaccine as a puppy and then boosters as an adult.
Depending on your circumstances, your vet may also recommend "lifestyle vaccines" for your dog. These vaccines protect against diseases like Lyme Disease, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, and other diseases.
There are 5 main vaccines recommended for all cats.
• Feline panleukopenia virus. Caused by the feline parvovirus, feline panleukopenia (FP) is a highly contagious disease that cats can catch from other cats, contaminated water, food bowls, and even shoes or clothing. FP is most dangerous for kittens.
• Feline viral rhinotracheitis or feline herpesvirus. This is a herpes disease and can be fatal if not treated. Most cats are exposed, and if contracted, the disease will stay with your pet for life.
• Feline caliciviruses. Most cats will recover, but can have long-term effects from feline calicivirus.
• Rabies. Rabies is 100% fatal to cats, and your cat will need to get this vaccine every 1 or 3 years, depending on the vaccine.
• Feline leukemia virus (FeLV). This is a core vaccine for outdoor cats, or for cats that spend regular time outdoors. There is no cure for the disease.
Knoxville, TN, Veterinarian near Me for Routine Care
Come to Callahan Drive Animal Hospital for all your pets' needs. We offer routine and emergency care, and we also offer pet education. We understand how important your pets are in your family, and we want to make sure they are healthy and happy. Call for an appointment today.