Why should I vaccinate my puppy?

Vaccinations in dogs and cats work the same way they do in humans. Starting out as puppies and kittens, their immunity needs to be built up in the same manner that human babies do through a vaccination series.

Most pet stores, Art in Motion Pets included, and some breeders do start their puppies and kittens with a series of vaccinations. It’s a good selling point and also starts protection on those babies that have just been weaned from mama. Puppies and kittens are usually started with a distemper combination; which is simply several immunizations combined into a one. All of which are helpful in keeping your new pet disease-free.

Just like humans, these start-up of vaccinations are called a pediatric series and each vaccination should be boostered according to your veterinarian’s policy on vaccinations.
Each one does it a little different, so be sure to ask the Doctor when you go for your new puppy or kitten’s first physical exam or office visit.

The combination of vaccinations include, but are not limited to the following:


Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calici virus, feline Panleukopenia: They are known as contagious upper respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases that may cause signs like diarrhea, nasal and ocular (eye) discharge, depression, vomiting, reddened eye and more. The feline Panleukopenia is the actual “distemper” virus and is highly contagious and potentially fatal. These diseases are spread through direct contact, or by contact with infected vomit, saliva, stool and urine.

FeLV –
Feline Leukemia Virus: As one of the most dreaded diseases affecting cats today, feline leukemia has proven to be 90% fatal. This disease attacks the autoimmune system – which leaves the cat’s body system unable to fight off even the slightest infections. It is spread through contact with an infected cat by saliva, urine, nasal discharge, and licking. It can even be spread to kittens through momma’s milk.


Distemper: Highly contagious virus that causes a fever, eye & nose discharge, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, and even convulsions. It is often a fatal disease. This disease affects the immune system making the dog’s body unable to fight off infections.

Hepatitis: Also called Adenovirus, this is a disease that affects the liver and can also cause severe kidney damage. Signs include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. This disease may also attack the respiratory system and cause pneumonia.

Leptospirosis: This is a bacterial infection that has been on the increase in Indiana. It can be fatal and also transmitted to humans. Signs include lethargy, respiratoy infections, vomiting, and rapid onset of kidney or liver failure.

Parainfluenza: This is a very contagious respiratory virus and is usually associated with “kennel” situations. It causes a dry, hacking cough and is most severe in puppies. It is very difficult to treat.

Parvovirus: This virus attacks the digestive system, causing severe diarrhea and vomiting – which often contain blood. This disease is very contagious and often fatal. Oftentimes, a dog may die before showing signs of illness. Sudden death may be causes by a cardiac form of the disease.

Coronavirus: This disease can occur simultaneously with Parvo, and includes the following signs of diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia, weight loss, excessive thirst, and listlessness.

Article provided by Carrie Good at:
Companion Animal Hospital
820 N. Cass St.
Wabash, IN 46992





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