985-590-6332

817 W. 21st Ave.

Covington, LA 70433

Total Health for your pet

Vaccines for Dogs and Cats

ANNUAL VACCINES/TESTING FOR DOGS


Rabies 

(valid for 1 year)
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus.  The virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted by a bite, or possibly by saliva contamination of an open cut or the eyes.  Left untreated, rabies attacks the nervous system and causes death.   AHC requires this vaccination for all of our veterinary patients as well as our boarding and grooming pets.

DHLPP 

(puppies receive series of 3-4 vaccines followed by annual updates)
DHPP is a combination of five vaccines.  It is given to puppies in a series of three or four vaccines and then given every one to three years to adult dogs.  DHPP vaccinates against the following diseases:
      Distemper:   a virus that affects a dog's respiratory, gastrointestinal, and central nervous systems as well as the conjunctival membranes of the eye.  It is a life-threatening disease.
      Hepatitis:  an acute liver infection in dogs.  The virus is spread in the feces, urine, blood, saliva and nasal discharge of infected dogs.

     Leptospirosis:  Dogs can become infected and develop leptospirosis if their mucous membranes (or skin with any wound, such as a cut or scrape) come into contact with infected urine, urine-contaminated soil, water, food or bedding; through a bite from an infected animal; by eating infected tissues or carcasses; and rarely, through breeding. It can also be passed through the placenta from the mother dog to the puppies.
      Parvovirus:  a viral disease that affects dogs.  Parvovirus (a.k.a. Parvo) generally affects the intestines causing diarrhea that is often bloody, but it can also affect the heart causing it to fail.  Parvo is the most common lethal virus know to affect dogs but is preventable with this vaccine. AHC requires this vaccination for all of our veterinary patients as well as our boarding and grooming pets.



Bordetella 
Bordetella (a.k.a. Kennel Cough) is one of the three most common causes of canine upper respiratory disease.  It is an airborne, highly contagious virus most commonly contracted in places such as dog parks, boarding and grooming facilities.  The symptoms include a harsh, dry cough, aggravated by activity or excitement.  The cough is followed by retching or gagging in an attempt to clear small amounts of mucous from the throat.  Body temperatures may be elevated as secondary bacterial infection takes place.  
AHC requires this vaccination for all of our boarding and grooming pets.

Fecal Exam

(performed annually)
Fecal exams should be performed annually to detect gastrointestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, giardia, coccidia and tapeworms,  This may be the most important test you can do for your family as many of these parasites are transferable to humans.  

 
Heartworm Testing 

(test annually along with monthly preventatives)
Heartworm testing is a required annual test at AHC to detect heartworm disease, a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs.  Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes.  While living in the mosquito, the heartworm becomes a larva which is passed to another animal when bitten.  Heartworm prevention is to be given to dogs year round to prevent this potentially fatal disease.  Should your pet miss a month of prevention, it is required for the pet to be retested prior to dispensing further preventative.


 



 

ANNUAL VACCINES/TESTING FOR CATS


Rabies

(valid for 1 year)
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus.  The virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted by a bite, or possibly by saliva contamination of an open cut or the eyes.  Left untreated, rabies attacks the nervous system and causes death.
AHC requires this vaccination for all our veterinary patients as well as boarding and grooming pets.

DCPR-

(kittens receive a series of 3-4 vaccine followed by annual updates)
DCPR is a combination vaccine which vaccinates against the following diseases: 
      Distemper:  (a.k.a. Panleukopenia) is a serious and deadly viral infection that can affect cats of all ages.  Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, depression and severe dehydration that can lead to the death of the cat.
      Rhinotrachetis:  is the most severe and widespread upper respiratory viral infection in cats.  Symptoms include fever, heavy discharges from the eyes, nose and mouth, difficulty breathing, coughing and salivation.
      Pneumonitis:  is a very common upper respiratory infection most common in young kittens.  It is caused by chlamydia, a unique type of infectious organism.  Symptoms include thick discharges from the eyes and nose, sneezing, coughing and salivation.  Pneumonia will develop if the condition is left untreated.  
      Calicivirus:  a common viral upper respiratory infection.  It is widespread and can account for over 40% of all feline respiratory infections.  Symptoms include fever, respiratory difficulty due to pneumonia, ulcers and blisters in the mouth and on the tongue.  With medical care most pets survive this virus.
AHC requires this vaccination for all of our veterinary patients as well as boarding and grooming pets.

FeLV-Feline Leukemia Virus

(updated annually)
Feline Leukemia is a highly contagious disease transmitted from an infected mother to her litter or from an infected cat through casual contact with saliva, nasal secretions, feces or blood.  It is the most lethal feline disease.  The FeLV vaccine can prevent this disease.  If your pet has not been vaccinated, it is required that they be tested prior to administering the vaccine.

Fecal Exams

(performed annually)
Fecal exams should be performed annually to detect gastrointestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, giardia, coccidia and tapeworms.  This may be the most important test you can do for your family as many of these parasites are transferrable to humans.  AHC is one of few clinics in the Covington area who have invested in technology that allows us to be 30% more accurate than most other clinics in the detection of these parasites.