Old Stone Fort Mobile Veterinary Services

Diseases and Vaccinations

Protect your pets from diseases by vaccinations....


Of all animal diseases, rabies is probably the most feared. The rabies virus attacks the brain and is always fatal. Most pets are exposed to rabies from wild animals particularly skunks, raccoons, bats and foxes. The disease can be transmitted to humans through the bite or scratch of an infected pet. Vaccination of all dogs and cats is the most effective means of control.

Canine Distemper

This highly contagious viral disease is found wherever dogs are found. It affects respiratory and the nervous system and is often fatal. Primary vaccination should begin at 6-12 weeks of age since dogs often contract the disease at an early age.

Canine Parvo Virus (CPV)

This contagious viral disease usually causes severe diarrhea and vomiting in dogs of all ages but is especially deadly in puppies.

Canine Corona Virus (CCV)

Coronavirus is highly contagious and can weaken dogs by causing severe diarrhea and vomiting. The disease is sometimes confused with parvovirus. The two diseases may occur simultaneously in which case symptoms are more severe.

Canine Parainfluenza

The viral respiratory disease is often partly responsible for “kennel cough” in dogs. Infection can be severe in young puppies. Parinfluenza protection is often included in distemper-parvo vaccines.

Canine Andenovirus Type 1 and Type 2

Canine Andenovirus Type 1 infection causes infectious hepatitis which may lead to severe kidney damage. Type 2 can be a complicating factor in kennel cough. Vaccines are available that protect against both types of Andenovirus.

Canine Bordetella

Frequently involved in kennel cough complex, this bacterial infection may occur simultaneously with distemper, adenovirus type 2 infection parainfluenza and other respiratory infections.

Canine Borreloisis (Lyme Disease)

Borreliosis, or Lyme Disease, is an infection caused by a bacteria which is spread primarily by the painless bite of an infected tick. Symptoms of Borreloisis include fever, lethargy, muscle stiffness, depression and lack of appetite. In more severe cases, lameness occurs as a result of severe musculoskeletal or arthritic type joint pain.

Feline Panleukopenia

Feline Panleukopenia, sometimes called “feline distemper”, causes severe vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. It is the most widespread disease of cats and causes high death loss especially among kittens. The disease is caused by a virus and is highly contagious.

Feline Rhinotracheitis

Feline Rhinotracheitis infection is a widespread respiratory disease caused by a virus. It is most severe in small kittens and can cause profuse discharge from the eyes and nose.

Feline Calicivirus

Calicivirus infection causes a variety of symptoms including, fever, excess salivation and mouth or tongue ulcers. It is usually less fatal than rhinotracheitis and panleukopenia.

Feline Pneumonitis

Respiratory infection with symptoms resembling rhinotracheitis. The disease is caused by an organism Chlamydia psittaci and can be complicated by associated bacterial infections.

Feline Leukemia

Feline Leukemia is a form of cancer in cats which is usually fatal. The disease, caused by a virus, can lead to tumor growth nearly anywhere in the body as well as a variety of other symptoms. Infected cats are unable to resist other diseases and may die from associated infections.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

FIP is a disease caused by a coronavirus. The virus is spread by direct cat to cat contact or by contact with contaminated surfaces. There are 2 manifestations of the disease, wet and dry and both have nonspecific symptoms such as intermittent in appetence, depression, rough hair coat, weight loss, and fever. There is no cure and the disease is considered fatal.




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Vaccinations Brochure

Pets should be vaccinated to protect them from many highly contagious and deadly diseases. Your veterinarian can tailor a program of vaccinations that will help your pet maintain a lifetime of protection from infectious diseases.

Vaccinations Brochure - in Spanish

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Kimberly A. Hambrick, D.V.M.

Old Stone Fort Mobile Veterinary Services
Phone: 931-954-0487
Serving southern Middle Tennessee

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