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Vaccination Information

PetVets Animal Hospital vaccinates for the most common infectious diseases in our area. Some of the vaccines that are available don't apply to residents in Chicagoland, although, they may exist elsewhere in other parts of the U.S. and countries. If you're traveling out of state - let us know! We may recommend additional preventatives to protect your pet.

Canine Vaccines

Your dog's vaccinations may vary and depend on it age, environment (where you take your pet, amount of contact with other animals and pets outside of your home), and overall health. If you plan on taking your dog to a boarding or grooming facility or using one of Chicagoland's many dog parks, please refer to our Off-Leash Dog Park Information located on our Helpful Links & Information page. 

Rabies: This well-known virus attacks the nervous system and is transmitted though the saliva of an infected animal. Rabies is transmissible to humans through infected animals and once the symptoms of the disease are apparent, it is almost always fatal.

Distemper: Canine distemper is a contagious virus that is spread through airborne exposure (sneezing, coughing) and through the sharing of environments of infected animals. It affects the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory, and nervous system of both adult dogs and puppies. Distemper is found in both domesticated animals and wildlife populations like raccoons, skunks and foxes. 


Parvovirus: Parvo is an infectious disease that attacks the gastrointestinal tract of both unvaccinated adult dogs and puppies, although puppies are more susceptible. The disease is spread through the contact of infected dogs (dog-to-dog), environments, contaminated feces, or people. The virus is resilient and can survive in harsh environments for long periods of time and is often fatal.

Parainfluenza: Don't mistake parainfluenza (CPIV) with canine influenza! Although these diseases have similar symptoms, they require different preventative vaccines. Transmission of CPIV is airborne (sneezing, coughing) from infected animals. It causes a respiratory tract infection known as "kennel cough." 

Canine Influenza: There are two known strains of canine influenza (CIV); H3N8 and H3N2. Both strains are highly infectious and cause flu-like symptoms in dogs; coughing, sneezing, runny eyes and nose, lethargy and lack of appetite. The CIV vaccine is commonly required in boarding and dog park facilities as dogs are rarely immune without immunization. Dogs that do not exhibit signs of the disease can still shed the virus and spread it to other canines. 

Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be transmitted from animals to humans. The disease is present world-wide and is spread when the mucous membranes or an open wound of an animal come in contact with infected urine or urine-contaminated soil or water. The bacterium is typically spread though wildlife that contain the bacterium. It causes severe kidney damage or failure, severe illness, or death.

Bordetella: The Bordetella bacterium is a highly contagious disease that causes tracheobronchitis, more commonly known as kennel cough. It is transmitted though the air (sneezing, coughing), or dog-to-dog contact. The immunization is in an oral or intranasal (in the nose) form, and is typically a requirement of dog parks and boarding facilities. 

Lyme: Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected deer tick. The disease causes lameness, joint inflammation, fever, and loss of appetite. Symptoms may not arise until 2-5 months after when the initial bite took place. Lyme disease is prevalent in Chicagoland and in the Midwest. PetVets does offer the vaccination, however, we recommend our clients to use year-round flea and tick preventative on their pets for the best protection. 

**Info on vaccine combos**

Feline Vaccines

Your cat's vaccines depend on it's age, health, and environment (where you take your pet, and the amount of contact it has with other animals outside of your home).

Rabies: This well-known virus attacks the nervous system and is transmitted though the saliva of an infected animal. Rabies is transmissible to humans through infected animals and once the symptoms of the disease are apparent, it is almost always fatal.

FeLV: Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a virus that suppresses the immune system of cats. Because of this, it can cause cats to be predisposed to infections. The virus is typically found in outdoor felines and is spread by saliva - bite wounds, grooming, communal food and water bowls. In 85% of cases it is fatal within the first three years of diagnosis. 

FIV or Feline AIDS: Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a contagious immune-suppressing virus among cats. Felines that have been infected can be asymptomatic (without signs or symptoms) for years before symptoms arise. Symptoms are similar to those of FeLV, but can also cause diarrhea, weight loss and chronic eye and skin infections. The virus is transmitted through the saliva of an infect cat - bite wounds, grooming, communal food and water bowls.

Rhinotracheitis: Rhinotracheitis is caused by the herpesvirus and is a respiratory disease that causes inflammation of the trachea, nose, and windpipe. It is spread directly by an infected cat by feline-to-feline contact with its eyes or nose, but can also be transmitted through communal food and water bowls or objects. Symptoms include sneezing, eye and nose discharge, and conjunctivitis (inflammation of the outer membrane of the eye).

Calicivirus: Feline calicivirus is a virus that infects that respiratory tract, mouth, the intestines, and musculoskeletal system of cats. The virus is typically spread by cat-to-cat contact or in areas of high feline concentrations - boarding facilities, shelters, or areas with poor ventilation. Calicivirus has many symptoms, but the most common are fever, loss of appetite, pneumonia, arthritis, ulcer development, or bleeding from various sites.

Panleukopenia: Feline panleukopenia (FP) is causeed by the feline parvovirus. The virus infects and kills cells in bone marrow, intestines, and lymph nodes. FP can survive in environments for up to year after an infected cat sheds the virus via urine, stool, or mucous discharge. The symptoms of FP can include loss of appetite (weight loss), fever, vomiting, dehydration and lethargy. 

**Info on vaccine combos**

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