Preventative Care Information

Canine Parvovirus

parvoHow do dogs become infected?

Parvo in puppies if caused by the canine parvovirus. The virus is highly contagious and spreads through direct contact with an infected dog or by indirect contact with a contaminated object. Your puppy is exposed to the parvovirus every time he sniffs, licks or consumes infected feces.

Prevention is vital to your dogs’ health. We recommend a series of vaccinations as puppies and boosters every 1-3 years as adults.

  • DA2PP #1 @8 weeks of age
  • DA2PP #2 @12 weeks of age
  • DA2PP #3 @16 weeks of age

Rabies is REQUIRED by Washington State- we typically give the vaccine at 12 weeks of age. Ask your Veterinarian about getting a leptospirosis and a bordetella vaccine for your puppy!

What are the symptoms of Parvo?

  • Severe vomiting (water, foamy, milky or slimy)
  • Diarrhea (often bloody or foul smelling)
  • Lethargy or depressed attitude
  • Appetite loss
  • Thick ropey saliva
  • Often have dull, glassy eyed stare


Feline Panleukopenia

What is Panleukopenia?

Cat virusFeline Panleukopenia is a highly contagious viral disease of cats caused by the feline parvovirus. Kittens are most severely affected by the virus. The feline parvovirus infects and kills cells that are rapidly growing and dividing, such as those in the bone marrow, intestines, and the developing fetus.

How do cats become infected?

Because the FP virus is everywhere in the environment, virtually all kittens and cats are exposed to the virus at some point in their lives. While cats of any age may be infected with the feline parvovirus that causes FP, young kittens, sick cats, and unvaccinated cats are most susceptible. It is most commonly seen in cats 3-5 months of age. Cats can shed the virus in their urine, stool, and nasal secretions; infection occurs when susceptible cats come in contact with these secretions. Bedding, cages, food dishes, and the hands or clothing of people who handle the infected cat may harbor the virus and transmit it to other cats.

cat vaccination datesPrevention is vital to your cat’s health. We recommend a series of vaccinations as kittens and boosters every 1-3 years as adults. Ask a receptionist about setting up an appointment.

  • FVRCP #1 in series @ 8 weeks of age
  • FVRCP #2 in series @ 12 weeks of age
  • FVRCP #3 in series @ 16 weeks of age

Rabies is REQUIRED by Washington State- we typically give the vaccine at 12 weeks of age. Ask your Veterinarian about getting a leukemia vaccine for your kitten!

Symptoms of Panleukopenia:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Dehydration