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THANK YOU for vaccinating your pets!
Vaccines help prevent many illnesses and can help your pet live a long, healthy life. Not only are there different vaccines for different diseases, there are different types and combinations of vaccines. Vaccines also help prepare your pet’s immune system to fight the invasion of disease-causing organisms.
Please keep the following in mind before scheduling your vaccine appointment:
– Bring all medical records to your appointment
– The youngest age to vaccinate is 8 weeks old
– Have your pet for at least 24hrs before vaccinations
Core Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats in Hawaii
DHPP (Canine Distemper Virus, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza Virus, Parvovirus): These are common and contagious viral infections which can cause mild to severe illness. These viruses primarily affect the intestinal and respiratory tracts, and nervous system. Infections can be fatal or require significant medical treatment.
Leptospirosis (Leptospira canicola, grippotyphosa, icterohaemorrhagiae, pomona):
Leptospirosis is a bacteria which can cause severe illness, vomiting, liver and kidney failure. Humans can also become infected with Leptospirosis.
Bordetella (Bordetella bronchiseptica, Parainfluenza Virus): This vaccine is given either intranasally or orally, to prevent a common and contagious infection of the upper respiratory tract. In young puppies or immunocompromised dogs, this can lead to pneumonia.
FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia/Distemper Virus):
These are common and contagious viral infections which can cause mild to severe illness. These viruses primarily affect the respiratory and intestinal tracts, and nervous system. Infections can be fatal or require significant medical treatment. Cats can have chronic lifelong disease.
There are other non-core vaccinations such as Rabies and Feline Leukemia, which we do not provide at Petco Clinics, but do offer at our Wahiawa Clinic.
Recommendations for OTC Calming Aids
For animals coming for appointments, surgery, car rides.
If an animal has been here within the year for an exam, the veterinarian in office can prescribe a mild oral sedative to give two hours prior to their appointment.
If the animal has not been here before or is overdue by over a year for an exam, the owner can purchase these items over the counter or online.
1) Zylkene -capsules, come in 75mg, 225mg, 450mg.
Our situational dose is 3 – 5x higher than the daily home use dose.
For cats and dogs:
- <10 lbs = 225 mg.
- 11-22 lbs = 450 mg.
- 23-32 lbs = TWO 450 mg capsules.
- 33-65 lbs = THREE 450 mg capsules.
- 66-132 lbs = FOUR 450 mg capsules.
Give 2-4 hours prior to appointment time.
This will have a mild calming effect and not cause excessive sedation.
(There are many over the counter options, but I only recommend Zylkene at this time.)
2) Owner can also try a ThunderShirt or Calming Cap (calmins clothing available at pet stores or online.) but it will be important to make sure the air conditioning is on and the animals do not get overheared
Thanks! Dr. Mina 5/20/20