Our Fort Worth veterinary clinic provides pet vaccinations that protect pets and their human families from painful and even deadly diseases. Rabies is just one of the diseases we vaccinate against, and is a good example of how pet vaccinations have led to a drastic decrease in the incidence of both animal and human suffering. In the early 1900’s, at least 100 people died annually from animal bites where they contracted rabies—as well as untold numbers of domestic animals. Today, rabies lives mostly in the wild (raccoons, skunks, bats, etc.), but 10% of rabies cases still afflict domestic animals and one or two people annually. This is why rabies shots are still the law throughout America. At Community Pet Outreach, we believe prevention is always better than the cure, which is why we stress our low cost pet vaccination program for all of our patients.
It costs much less to vaccinate your pet against potential disease threats than it is to have to treat a severe illness. Most of all, nobody likes to see their best friends suffer! So starting at your puppy or kitten’s first visit to our Fort Worth veterinary hospital, we will create a schedule for pet vaccinations that includes regular booster shots when necessary to maintain the proper level of protection. Aside from rabies, we also vaccinate against several other diseases in both cats and dogs.
Aside from rabies, we also provide what is known as a series of DHPP shots when a puppy is 8, 12 and 16 weeks old. These dog vaccines include inoculations against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza. Depending on your dog’s situation and lifestyle (travel, boarding habits, etc.), we may also recommend a semi-annual bordetella ('kennel cough') vaccine. We may also suggest a vaccination against leptospirosis, which is becoming more common and can spread to humans. It carries flu-like symptoms, but can also lead to meningitis and cause damage to the heart, liver, kidneys and lungs.
Rabies vaccinations are required for cats too, and we also recommend starting kittens on a round of FVRCP (Feline Viral, Rhinotracheaitis, Calicivirus, feline distemper) shots every four weeks between ages 6 to 16 weeks. Again, depending on your pet, we may also recommend other cat vaccines such as shots against feline leukemia and FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus).
Puppy and kitten vaccines are important to help build immunity in their young bodies against diseases that they may come into contact with in any number of ways. Our Fort Worth veterinary team will set up a pet vaccination schedule with you so that we can all ensure that your pet has the best chance of never contracting these painful and even deadly diseases, some of which could spread to the human members of your family.
Please call us at 817-918-3046 to schedule an appointment or ask about low cost pet vaccination program.