SEQUOIA VETERINARY HOSPITAL, Inc.

255 Old County Road · San Carlos, CA · 94070 · P 650.369.7326 · F 650.369.4403

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CANINE & FELINE VIRUSES & VACCINATIONS
 
 
C A N I N E S
 
 
 
Here is a list of vaccinations offered at our hospital for canines, and general information about the viruses they fight.
 
DHLPP 5-way vaccine
(Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus)
- Distemper virus can attack multiple organ systems including the nervous system. This is a life threatening disease if your pet is not protected against it.
- Hepatitis   means inflammation of the li ver . After entering the blood stream, this virus attacks the cells of the liver, eyes, kidneys and the inner linings of blood vessels throughout the body.
- Leptospirosis can attack multiple organ systems and has been known to cause kidney failure. Dogs who will be spending time in rural areas, especially around livestock, have particular susceptibility to this disease. This component of the vaccine is known to cause an increased incidence of vaccine reactions so depending on your pet's situation, we can decide what will be best (the DHPP vaccine is also offered, which excludes the Leptospirosis portion).
- Parainfluenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease very often mistaken for kennel cough. Factors that may exacerbate the potential for contracting this disease are high humidity, drafts and environmental conditions.
- Parvovirus is present in many public environments. This virus attacks the intestinal lining causing a severe and often life threatening bloody diarrhea.
 
Rabies is a serious viral disease seen in mammals that adversely affects the central nervous system, leading to death. Rabies is a zoonotic disease that is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal.
 
Lyme  is a disease caused by a bacteria, Borrelia Burgdorferi, and is spread by ticks. It can cause polyarthritis, lethargy, and high fevers. It is recommended your dog get a lyme vaccination if there is a high exposure to ticks in areas where lyme is prevalent.
 
Bordetella is a vaccination used to protect your dog against kennel cough, which is a highly contagious upper respiratory illness. Bordetella is often required for boarding facilites and training classes.
 
Leptospirosis can attack multiple organ systems and has been known to cause kidney failure. Dogs who will be spending time in rural areas, especially around livestock, have particular susceptibility to this disease.
 
For information on what to expect after your pet is vaccinated, please click here .
 
 
F E L I N E S
 
 
 
Here is a list of vaccinations offered at our hospital for felines, and general information about the viruses they fight.
 
FVRCP 3-way vaccine
(Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus, Panleukopenia)
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis is a severe upper respiratory infection that is most dangerous to young kittens and older cats. The virus is extremely contagious and is caused by a feline herpes virus. FVR can leave some cats with permanent respiratory system and optical damage.
- Calcivirus is transmitted through direct contact with an infected cat or an infected item. There are several different strains of calcivirus, causing a range of illness from mild infection to life-threatening pneumonia.
- Panleukopenia is also known as feline distemper, and is a highly contagious disease that moves very quickly through the cat's body.  It is caused by a parvovirus similar to the parvovirus seen in dogs. As many as ninety percent of young kittens (under six months old) with panleukopenia do not survive the virus.
 
FeLV , also known as the Feline Leukemia Viral Vaccine, is used to protect your cat against the leukemia virus. FeLV infection can attack the immune system and is life threatening.
 
FIP , also known as the Feline Infectious Peritonitis, is a viral disease of cats caused by certain strains of a virus called the feline coronavirus. Infected cats generally do not show symptoms during the initial viral infection, and unfortunately there is no known cure or effective treatment for FIP as of yet.
 
Rabies is a serious viral disease seen in mammals that adversely affects the central nervous system, leading to death. Rabies is a zoonotic disease that is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal.
 
FIV , also known as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, is a lentivirus (or "slow virus") that  affects domesticated housecats, and is the causative agent of feline AIDS. Infected cats may appear normal for years. However, infection eventually leads to a state of immune deficiency that hinders the cat's ability to protect itself against other infections. FIV is primarily transmitted through bite wounds, but can also be passed on from mother to kittens, and in rarer cases can be transmitted during sexual contact.
 
For information on what to expect after your pet is vaccinated, please click here .