Vaccinations at Paradise Animal Hospital
Customized Prevention for Your Pet
Vaccinations are a critical part of your pet's preventative care program. Because every pet's lifestyle is different, our veterinarians will work with you to develop an individualized vaccination plan for your pet that helps to protect them against the diseases they are at the greatest risk for, while avoiding unnecessary vaccination.
Vaccinations for Dogs
- Rabies: Rabies is the most serious of the diseases we vaccinate for, as it is always fatal and can be spread to people. Because of the risk of Rabies to humans, Maryland law requires the vaccine for all dogs, even those that are mainly indoors. Rabies is spread through the bite or scratch of infected animals such as bats, skunks, raccoons and foxes.
DHPP: The DHPP vaccine is designed to provide immunity against distemper, infectious
canine hepatitis, parvo, and parainfluenza.
- Distemper: Distemper is a virus that spreads via respiratory droplets from an infected dog. It is highly contagious, and can cause fever, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and death
- Infectious Canine Hepatitis: Infectious canine hepatitis is a virus spread through the saliva and feces of an infected dog. It can cause fever, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, changes to the eye, and liver damage.
- Parvo: Parvo is a virus spread through the feces of an infected dog. Parvo can cause vomiting, bloody diarrhea, dehydration and death. It is highly contagious, and can remain in the environment for six months or longer.
- Parainfluenza: Parainfluenza is a virus spread by coughing, infected dogs. It is highly contagious and is the most common virus responsible for kennel cough. Coughing and respiratory distress are the most common signs of infection, but mixed infections with other viruses or bacteria can cause more serious illness.
- Bordetella: Bordetella is spread through the cough of an infected dog. It is highly contagious, and the most common bacteria responsible for kennel cough.
- Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis, or Lepto, is caused by a bacteria spread through the urine and feces of infected animals such as rats and raccoons. The bacteria, which can live in damp environments and standing water, can cause fever, liver disease, kidney failure, vomiting, diarrhea, and death in dogs as well as people.
- Lyme: Lyme, a tick-transmitted disease, is extremely common in our area. Infection with Lyme disease can result in a range of problems including fever, lameness, and kidney disease.
- Canine Influenza: Canine Influenza is a highly contagious virus that affects the respiratory system of dogs. Infection with the virus can result in a cough, nasal discharge, fever, pneumonia, or in some cases, death. Canine Influenza is spread between dogs through direct contact, aerosolized nasal secretions, and contact with contaminated objects or people.
Vaccinations for Cats
- Rabies: Rabies is the most serious of the diseases we vaccinate for, as it is always fatal and can be spread to people. Because of the risk of Rabies to humans, Maryland law requires the vaccine for all cats, even those that are strictly indoors. Rabies is spread through the bite or scratch of infected animals such as bats, skunks, raccoons and foxes.
FVRCP: The FVRCP vaccine is designed to provide immunity to Feline Rhinotracheitis
Virus, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia
- Feline Rhinotracheitis : Feline Rhinotracheitis virus, otherwise known as feline herpes, is a highly contagious virus transmitted via the oral, nasal, and ocular secretions of infected cats. The virus usually causes sneezing, fever, and conjunctivitis, although life-threatening illness is possible if the cat stops eating and drinking. Once the virus is contracted, it remains in the system for life.
- Calicivirus: Like Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus is a highly contagious virus transmitted through the respiratory secretions of infected cats. Oral ulcers are the most common symptom of Calicivirus infection, although mild fever, respiratory and ocular signs can be seen. More virulent strains of the virus have the potential to cause life-threatening fever, organ disease, lameness, pneumonia, and even death. Cats infected with Calicivirus become life-long carriers of the virus.
- Panleukopenia: Panleukopenia is a highly contagious disease caused by a feline parvovirus. In affected cats, the virus can severely deplete the white blood cell count causing infection and death. Kittens born to mothers infected with the disease are often born with severe neurologic problems. The virus is extremely stable in the environment, and can be transmitted through contaminated surfaces such as clothing, shoes, litter boxes, cages, and even insects, such as flies.
- FeLV: Otherwise known as Feline Leukemia Virus, FeLV is spread through close contact with an infected cat through the saliva. Infection with the virus can greatly increase a cat’s risk of cancer, immune system suppression, bone marrow disorders, and organ dysfunction.
A Passion for Animals
Our love for animals shows in everything we do, from minimal-stress handling to expanded hours to better accommodate our clients and patients.
With a modern facility and a strong commitment to education, the veterinarians and staff of Paradise are dedicated to providing your pet with the highest quality medical, surgical, and wellness care possible.
Commitment to Community
As a proud member of the Catonsville community since 1990, Paradise Animal Hospital believes in giving back through a variety of local causes.