Immunization Questions

What is Parvo Virus?

Parvo virus is a disease that causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. This virus is deadly and can be contracted from any substance, such as the soil or walking in the same area as a dog which has been incubating the virus. We recommend vaccinating your dog with an initial series and then every 3 years for adequate protection.
What is Canine Distemper?

Distemper is a highly contagious disease among dogs. It is almost always fatal. Although it is more common in puppies than in adult dogs, all dogs are susceptible to it. We recommend an initial series and then every 3 year vaccinations against this dangerous disease.
What is Canine Cough?

It is transmitted by airborne means or nose to nose with infected dogs. There are several infectious agents that can cause canine cough, there are vaccines available that protect against the most common.
Does my pet really need a Rabies vaccination?

Yes! This is a state law due to the risk of infection to humans. Keeping our pets vaccinated protects them and us. Rabies is a fatal disease and Indiana does have a wild animal reservoir of rabies in bats, skunks, coyotes, foxes, and raccoons. Bats are notorious for getting into homes, so even an indoor-only pet is not free from danger. (Note: If a bat does ever get into your home, especially into a child’s room or while an occupant was sleeping, you should have the bat tested for rabies to be sure that YOU do not need rabies shots.)
My cat stays inside all the time. Why does it need vaccinations?

If you ever have a personal emergency where you have to board your cat or a medical emergency where your cat must be hospitalized, the unvaccinated cat will be vulnerable to any of the feline diseases. It may be even more susceptible than other cats since it has never been exposed to any type of disease. You can also unknowingly bring some viruses home on your clothing from a stray or other sick cat.