RAY WATKINS MEMORIAL FUND: (Terri Watkins) Vaccination discounts

With Covid-19 affecting a lot of people’s jobs, WMAW and the Ray Watkins Memorial fund, would like to help the families that are most affected so they can continue to care for their animals in this time of need.

COUPONS for cats and dogs are for $10/shot, for annuals and/or rabies. No limit/household, we want to make sure every pet gets protection.


We can pay your veterinarian at the time of billing, or we can reimburse you with a check by mail with a copy of the receipt after. To apply for the discount click here.


Please read below a refresher on the vaccinations and how they help and what they protect against.


Like people, pets need vaccines. And pet vaccinations, like those for humans, may sometimes require a booster to keep them effective. The best way to stay on schedule with vaccinations for your dog or cat is to follow the recommendations of a veterinarian you trust. Core Vaccines are considered vital to all pets based on risk of exposure, severity of disease or transmissibility to humans. They cover those that are efficacious, safe and provide immunity against diseases that are widespread and often fatal.


For Dogs: Vaccines for canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies are considered core vaccines. Non-core vaccines are given depending on the dog’s exposure risk. These include vaccines against Bordetella, bronchiseptica, Borrelia burgdorferi and Leptospira bacteria. Real customization comes with the non core vaccines, and evaluating your dog’s need for them. Lyme and rattlesnake vaccines are usually reserved for dogs in high risk areas. Kennel cough and canine flu vaccines are most appropriate for dogs who are around lots of other dogs frequently as when boarding, day care or attending shows. Exceptions are made for dogs that are immuno compromised.


For Cats: Vaccines for panleukopenia (feline distemper), feline calicivirus, feline herpesvirus type I (rhinotracheitis) and rabies are considered core vaccines. Non-core vaccines are given depending on the cat's lifestyle; these include vaccines for feline leukemia virus, Bordetella, Chlamydophila felis and feline immunodeficiency virus.


Dogs:

Distemper ….Caused by an airborne virus, distemper is a severe disease that, among other problems, may cause permanent brain damage

Adenovirus CAV-1 canine hepatitis Spread via infected urine and feces; canine hepatitis can lead to severe liver damage, and death.

Adenovirus -2 CAV-2, kennel cough Spread via infected urine and feces; canine hepatitis can lead to severe liver damage, and death.

Parainfluenza This infection (not the same as canine influenza) results in cough and fever. It may be associated with Bordetella infection.

Bortatella Not usually a serious condition, although it can be dangerous in young puppies. It is usually seen after activities like boarding or showing.

Leptospirosis Vaccination is generally restricted to established risk areas. Exposure to rodents and standing water can lead to a leptospirosis infection.


Cats:

Feline distemper, panleukopenia Feline distemper is a severe contagious disease that most commonly strikes kittens and can cause death.

Feline herpesvirus Feline herpesvirus causes feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR), a very contagious upper respiratory condition.

Calcivirus A very contagious upper respiratory condition that can cause joint pain, oral ulcerations, fever, and anorexia.

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) Should test FeLV negative first. Transmitted via cat-to-cat contact. Can cause cancer, immunosuppressant.

Bordetella A contagious upper respiratory condition.


It is always more expensive to treat a disease than it is to give a vaccine. Bottom line, when used properly, vaccines are life savers and the most cost effective and healthiest choice.


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