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WestVets Animal Hospital Lethbridge Vet Clinic Services Vaccines and Preventative Treatments

Vaccinations and Treatments

Vaccines are an essential part of preventive health care for pets. They help protect against severe and sometimes deadly diseases. WestVets Animal Hospital offers various vaccines to help keep your pet healthy.

Vaccines work by stimulating the body’s immune system to produce antibodies that fight specific diseases, and the antibodies remain in the body and protect against future disease exposure. Most puppies and kittens should start their vaccine series at 6-8 weeks. They will need booster vaccinations every 3-4 weeks until they are 16 weeks old. After that, they will need annual booster vaccinations for most core vaccines.

WestVets Animal Hospital offers a variety of vaccines to help protect your pet, including core and non-core. Core vaccines are recommended for all pets based on their risk of exposure to the disease. Non-core vaccines may be recommended based on your pet’s lifestyle and risk of exposure.

Your pet’s lifestyle and risk of exposure will help determine which vaccines are right for them. WestVets Animal Hospital can provide more information about which vaccines are recommended for your pet.

  • Rabies: Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the nervous system. All mammals are susceptible to rabies, which is fatal once symptoms develop. WestVets animal hospital offers a 3-year or 1- year vaccine for dogs and cats.
  • Canine Distemper Virus (CDV): CDV is a severe respiratory, neurological, and gastrointestinal disease that can be fatal in puppies and dogs. The virus is highly contagious and is spread through close contact with infected animals or their secretions. WestVets animal hospital offers a vaccine that protects CDV.
  • Canine Parvovirus (CPV): CPV is a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease that affects puppies and dogs. The virus is spread through contact with infected feces. WestVets animal hospital offers a vaccine that protects against CPV.
  • Bordetella bronchiseptica: Bordetella is a bacteria that causes kennel cough, a respiratory disease spread through close contact with infected dogs. WestVets animal hospital offers a vaccine that protects against Bordetella.
  • Canine Influenza Virus (CIV): CIV is a highly contagious respiratory disease that affects dogs. The virus is spread through close contact with infected dogs. WestVets animal hospital offers a vaccine that protects against CIV.
  • Lyme Disease: Lyme disease is a severe bacterial infection transmitted by ticks. It can cause various symptoms, including fever, lameness, and joint pain. WestVets animal hospital offers a vaccine that protects against Lyme disease.
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