We wanted to take a moment to let all of our pet lovers know about some health issues hitting our area right now. According to a local vet, there is an increase in upper respiratory infections being seen right now. In cats this can be caused by 2 very contagious viruses, feline rhinotracheitis virus and feline calicivirus. It is recommended that all pet cats be vaccinated for both of these viruses. Both of these vaccines are part of the regular vaccination protocol followed by veterinarians and shelters.
Canine influenza is also being seen in this area. This disease started in the Florida area 3-4 years ago and is moving north. It is becoming prevalent in larger cities, kennels and shelters. Some vets recommend that any dog being boarded receive not only the Bordatella vaccine, but also the canine influenza vaccine. It is available at most vet offices and you should discuss the need with your pet's veterinarian.
At the Humane Society of Henderson County, we are currently vaccinating all cats with the FVRCP vaccine, which protects against the viruses mentioned above. We are also preparing to add the Canine Influenza vaccine to our dog protocols. This vaccine is expensive, but we recognize the need to protect the animals in our care.
If you have any questions, please call your veterinarian's office.