Preventing Disease Before It Begins for Las Vegas Pets
We can protect our pets from some of the hazards we anticipate might cross their paths. We hide power cords, fence in yards, and keep them close beside us on walks and hikes. Threats of the microscopic kind, however, sometimes escape our minds until it is already too late. Our experienced veterinarian at MVS Pet Care Las Vegas can recommend a vaccination schedule for your pets based on their basic needs and their lifestyles. Our caring mobile vet right here in the city is here for you and your pets.
Why Pet Vaccinations Are Necessary
The risk of your pets’ exposure to viruses, bacteria, and other disease-causing vectors is more real than many people think. These germs travel into your yard, where your pets play and nap, carried by the wind, insects, wildlife, and plants. There are a number of diseases that your pets should be vaccinated against.
Pets can contract rabies by being bitten or otherwise coming in contact with an infected animal’s saliva. Infected pets may exhibit fever, aggression, and eventually even paralysis as the disease further attacks the nervous system and the brain. Rabies is fatal. That is why vaccination against this disease is imperative for all pets.
Parvovirus attacks the gastrointestinal system, causing extreme diarrhea and vomiting which leads to severe dehydration, and can be fatal if not treated quickly after symptoms appear. The virus passes from animal to animal through simple contact and can be picked up from food bowls and other objects or from any surface.
Distemper is contracted through contact with infected animals, but is also airborne. It causes listlessness, respiratory problems, vomiting, fever, and eventually seizures. As with parvovirus, individuals should be treated to help them survive the secondary effects of the virus as their immune system hopefully fights it off, but despite these efforts it can be fatal.
Rhinotracheitis brings respiratory distress as well as problems with the eyes, causing sneezing, impaired breathing, chronic dry eye syndrome, and sometimes the loss of eyes. Animals pass this readily between each other through contact or surfaces used by infected animals.
When your veterinarian gives your pet the vaccinations for these dangerous diseases, your pet receives a miniscule amount of a harmless version of the disease’s cells so that the immune system can begin to arm itself against them in preparation. Should your pet be exposed to the disease, he or she stands a much better chance of being able to successfully fight it off.