There are numerous illnesses that become easier for our pets to contract when the weather warms and they head outside more often. Here are the five vaccines your pets should have updated as we head into spring and why they’re so crucial.
- Leptospirosis is a highly contagious zoonotic disease, meaning it can easily pass from animals to humans and vice versa. It’s transmitted most commonly through urine and contaminated water. Because we had a local case of leptospirosis last year, and because it poses a threat to your entire family, we highly recommend protecting your pet against this nasty bacteria.
- Rattlesnake venom. On warm days, rattlesnakes love basking in the sun, so it’s not uncommon for dog owners to encounter them while out on walks. To protect your pets, vaccinate them against rattlesnake venom, always remain on designated paths and keep an ear out for that distinctive sound of tails shaking.
- Rabies is a highly contagious virus, and it’s most commonly spread when an infected mammal bites another mammal. Common carriers include bats, skunks, raccoons, foxes and coyotes. The virus is devastating; if a pet becomes infected, they need to be quarantined for long periods of time, and it often leads to death. Outdoor activities are more likely this time of year, so vaccinate your pets before they could come in contact with any wildlife or other pets.
- Bordetella is the most common bacteria that causes kennel cough, a highly contagious respiratory disease affecting our dogs. This vaccine is particularly important if you’ll be boarding or traveling with your pet, as it spreads very easily.
- Distemper is a viral disease most often passed along by dogs, wolves, foxes and raccoons. There is no cure for distemper, which is why vaccinating against it is so important.
To schedule your pet’s vaccines, give Santa Clarita Animal Hospital a call at (661) 425-9912.