Pet Parvo Vaccine at South Granville Animal Hospital
Both dogs and cats are prone to a potentially deadly disease called parvovirus or parvo. However, there are two different kinds of parvoviruses – one for dogs and one for cats. Dogs with parvo cannot give cats parvo and vice versa. The good news is that these viruses can be prevented with vaccines. For proper protection against parvo, our team at South Granville Animal Hospital in Creedmoor is here to help.
Vaccinations for Dogs
Puppies as young as six weeks can get the parvo vaccination. It is imperative that puppies get vaccinated against parvo because they are most likely to die from it. They should begin receiving shots when they are six to eight weeks old, again at ten to twelve weeks old, at sixteen to eighteen weeks old, and when they are a year old. After that, dogs need booster shots every year.
Parvo can be transmitted to a dog from an infected dog. That’s why it’s imperative to keep your puppy away from other dogs and dog parks until he or she has received a full round of parvo vaccinations.
What Is a DHPP Vaccine?
A DHPP vaccine is one shot that covers four main diseases in dogs, including parvo. The letter D stands for distemper. The letter H stands for hepatitis or adenovirus. The first P stands for parvo and the second P stands for parainfluenza. There are separate vaccinations for all four diseases, but this vaccine effectively treats all of them simultaneously. In addition, dogs and puppies usually tolerate one preventative care shot better than four separate ones.
Vaccination for Cats
Feline parvovirus was one of the leading killers of cats until a vaccine was developed. It is highly contagious. Kittens under eight weeks old are most at risk of dying from parvo. Kittens should get vaccinated when they are eight or nine weeks old. Kittens need booster shots every couple of weeks until they are about sixteen to twenty weeks old. Boosters should be given once a year after that.
Contact Us for Quality Preventative Care from Our Veterinarian in Creedmoor
If you still have questions about pet parvo vaccines or other preventative care for your dog or cat, contact our team at South Grenville Animal Hospital at (919) 528-3591. Our professional staff is committed to providing pets the care they need to maintain their health and wellness at any stage of their lives. Our veterinarian offers a wide range of pet services for pets in and around the Creedmoor area. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your pet live a long and healthy life.