Vaccinations are available for pets on the day they are having surgery
Altered Tails does not have a vaccination clinic.
Vaccinations are an essential step towards a healthy immune system for your pet. Vaccines help prevent the spread of deadly and highly contagious diseases like rabies, distemper, parvovirus (for dogs), hepatitis, feline panleukopenia, feline leukemia. Altered Tails provides “core” vaccines against the most common and deadliest diseases. Other “non-core” vaccines are available from your regular veterinarian, please consult with them as to your individual pet’s risk factors and follow their recommendations.
Core Vaccines for Dogs
- Parvovirus: The parvo vaccine protects against a deadly and common virus, especially in puppies, that is highly contagious through contact with infected animals’ stool. Canine parvovirus can survive for many months in the environment outside a host and remain infectious. The virus attacks the intestines and causes severe diarrhea and vomiting which can lead to dehydration, secondary bacterial infections and death.
- Distemper: This deadly, contagious disease is caused by the canine distemper virus and has no cure. Distemper mostly affects puppies and attacks multiple systems including the respiratory and central nervous systems.
- Infectious Canine Hepatitis: The Adenovirus (Parainfluenza) component of your dog’s vaccination protects against ICH, a serious liver disease once common in young dogs, and a upper respiratory virus of dogs.
Rabies: A fatal and incurable disease of all warm blooded animals including humans, the rabies virus attacks the nervous system of dogs and cats that have been exposed to the saliva of an infected animal through an open wound or bite. Rabies vaccines are given at 16 weeks and boosted one year after an initial vaccine, then every three years thereafter. Rabies vaccination is required by law, and to license your pet in Maricopa County.
Bordatella: This vaccine helps protects your pet against a bacteria that can cause infectious tracheitis, commonly called “kennel cough”. Many boarding facilities and grooming parlors require Bordatella prior to admitting your dog.
Core vaccines for Cats
- Feline Panleukopenia: Sometimes referred to as distemper, this virus is related to the parvo virus of dogs is an often fatal disease of kittens and cats that causes fever and severe vomiting. The virus is very stable in the environment; hence even indoor cats can be exposed by the owner tracking the virus in on shoes and clothing. Vaccination is very important and is included in the FVRCP series for kittens and cats.
- Feline Rhinotracheitis: This vaccination helps protect your pet against a common and serious cause of upper respiratory infections in kittens and cats caused by a herpes virus.
- Feline Calici virus: Like Feline Rhinotracheitis, the calici virus can cause severe upper respiratory infections in kittens and cats, and painful ulcers in your cat’s mouth.
Rabies: Rabies is a fatal disease which cats primarily contract through bite wounds. Cats are vaccinated at 16 weeks and boosted one year later, then every three years thereafter. Because rabies is a serious public health hazard, vaccinating is required by law in Maricopa County.
Feline Leukemia (FeLV): FeLV is a retrovirus which can cause cancer, blood cell abnormalities, reproductive disorders and decreases the ability of the immune system to respond to infections. The virus is transmitted through intimate contact with other cats. A blood test is available to screen for the disease. Feline leukemia vaccination is recommended for cats who may be exposed to other cats of unknown feline leukemia status. An initial series of two vaccinations is given 3-4 weeks apart, followed by annual boosters. Altered Tails recommends testing your cat for FeLV prior to vaccination.
Cat Vaccination Package ($70)
Complete Vet Exam
Feline Leukemia Test
Dog Vaccination Package ($70)
Complete Vet Exam