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Cat & Dog Vaccinations in Orlando, FL

Every loving pet owner wants their four-legged friend to live a long, happy, disease-free life. One of the best ways to make that happen is with pet vaccinations. There are more than a dozen viruses and diseases that can affect dogs and cats, but with cat & dog vaccinations, many of these illnesses can be prevented.

Here at 24/7 Animal Hospital of Orlando, we offer a variety of vaccines to meet the lifestyle needs of all of our patients. Our Orlando, FL, veterinarian recommends that vaccines be included with every pet wellness plan. Consider the following list of FAQs to learn more about the importance of pet vaccinations. Give us a call today at (407) 298-3807.

How Do Cat and Dog Vaccines Work?

Pet vaccines work the same way that human vaccines work. They help strengthen the immune system by stimulating the production of antibodies against certain disease-causing organisms. This stimulation occurs as the vaccine mimics a virus or disease in the body. As a result, if a pet is ever exposed to the real virus or disease, its body will be more prepared to fight it off.

Which Vaccines Does My Pet Need?

There are two types of vaccines available for pets: core and non-core. Core vaccines are recommended for all pets/breeds, while non-core vaccines are recommended only for pets with a high risk of exposure. For example, if you have a dog that may come in contact with other dogs, the Bordetella vaccine may be recommended, since this is a contagious disease. We can assess your pet’s lifestyle at your next visit to determine if any non-core vaccines are recommended with the core vaccines.

What Core Vaccines Do You Recommend?

Our Orlando, FL, veterinarian recommends core pet vaccinations for the following viruses and diseases dogs and cats can contract:


Rabies is a required vaccination for both dogs and cats, as this disease is fatal. The rabies virus is passed along through saliva from an infected animal entering the body through broken skin, eyes, nose, and mouth. It then travels to the brain. Symptoms include lethargy, fever, vomiting, and foaming at the mouth, to name a few.

Canine hepatitis

Infectious canine hepatitis is a liver infection that is caused by Canine mastadenovirus A that’s contracted through the mouth or nose from feces, urine, blood, saliva, and nasal discharge of infected dogs. Symptoms of this recoverable infection include depression, fever, loss of appetite, coughing and a tender tummy.

Canine distemper

This highly contagious and airborne disease is caused by a virus that attacks a dog’s gastrointestinal, respiratory, and and nervous system. Symptoms of distemper include eye discharge, coughing, reduced appetite, coughing and vomiting. There is no cure for distemper and it’s often fatal – those dogs who survive often suffer from life-long nerve damage.

Canine parvovirus

Commonly known as Parvo, canine parvovirus which affects the gastrointestinal tract and is spread though contaminated feces, people, and environments. Symptoms include loss of appetite, lethargy, hypothermia, bloating, fever, vomiting and diarrhea. This mostly survivable virus has no treatments specifically for the virus, however, treating the dehydration caused by vomiting and diarrhea does help.

Canine parainfluenza

This is a highly-contagious respiratory virus that causes kennel cough, and tends to develop in environments where lots of dogs are in close proximity to each other, like a dog park. Symptoms of canine parainfluenza include a dry cough, fever, sneezing, irritated eyes, runny nose, depression, loss of appetite, and lethargy.

Canine influenza

We recommend that dog owners bring in their pets to be vaccinated for much-needed protection against the canine influenza virus (CIV). This virus has two primary strains, H3N2 and H3N8, and we can vaccinate pets for both. Canine flu symptoms include persistent coughing, nasal and ocular discharge, sneezing, lethargy, and fever. If your pet goes to daycare, boarding, grooming appointments or spends time at the dog park, they should receive this vaccine.

Feline calicivirus

Calicivirus is highly contagious and causes upper respiratory infections and oral issues in cats. It’s passed by direct contact with an infected cat or anything that was contaminated with the virus. Symptoms include sneezing, discharge of the nose and eyes, excessive drooling, lethargy, fever, and loss of appetite. Most cats do recover from this, but complicated strains are potential to be fatal to them. Treatment includes antibiotics, topical treatment, injections, and sometimes hospitalization.

Feline panleukopenia

Commonly known as feline distemper or feline Parvo, panleukopenia is a very contagious disease that infects and kills cells that are growing and dividing in the body. This is most commonly seen in kittens and survival rate is low, but the survival rate increases in older cats. It’s caused from the transfer of urine, stool and nasal secretions, also from fleas, from an infected cat and passed from cat to cat or from anything contaminated with the virus. Symptoms include depression, loss of appetite, lethargy, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, to name a few.

Feline rhinotracheitis

Also known as herpesvirus infection, feline rhinotracheitis is caused by the feline herpesvirus type-1, and is a major cause of upper respiratory infections and conjunctivitis. Symptoms of this highly contagious virus include sneezing, excessive blinking and squinting, and eyes and nose discharge. Treatment includes topical eye medications, antibiotics, humidification, and hospitalization may be needed for more severe cases.

How Often Does My Cat or Dog Need to Be Vaccinated in Orlando, FL?

The protection that the antibodies offer diminishes over time, so your pet’s vaccines will need to be updated every 1-3 years. Our Orlando, FL, veterinarian will customize a vaccination schedule to meet your pet’s specific needs during the wellness exam. Call us at (407) 298-3807 to make an appointment.