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Kitten Vaccinations

Vaccinations play a critical role in your kitten’s health by providing protection against infectious diseases. They also ensure your kitten lives a long, healthy and happy life. Kittens have immature immune systems and need vaccines to help build their defence before they contract the virus.

When do kittens get their first shots?

Kittens automatically receive antibodies in the milk their mother produces if their mother has a healthy immune system. When the kitten is around six to eight weeks of age, your veterinarian can begin to administer a series of vaccines at three to four-week intervals until the kitten reaches 16 weeks of age.

Does my kitten need only core vaccines?

It depends on your kitten’s lifestyle. If your kitten will be travelling, boarding, going outside then your veterinarian might alter the standard vaccine protocol to better suit your kitten’s needs.

Are there any risk associated with vaccines?

Vaccines should mildly stimulate your cat’s immune system in order to create protection. This stimulation can create mild symptoms, ranging from soreness at the injection site to fever and allergic reactions. Your cat will be thoroughly examined by one of our veterinarians before a vaccine is given. This will allow the doctor to determine whether or not your cat is healthy enough to receive the injection.

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Water Intoxication

Water Intoxication in Dogs

Does your dog like to play in the water? Too much of a good thing can be dangerous, so look out for water intoxication!Water intoxication, also known as hyponatremia is a relatively rare but potentially fatal condition that is most commonly seen in dogs that love to play in the water. Water games that involve retrieving items or diving into pools to catch toys can cause them to ingest large quantities of water very quickly. It can also happen when they “catch” pressurized water from sprinklers or hoses.Excessive amounts of water cause the body to lose sodium. The body's cells begin to fill with water and swell. If the cells in the brain swell, it can affect the central nervous system which can be fatal.Symptoms include:loss of coordination lethargy bloating vomiting glazed eyes excessive salivation difficulty breathing seizures comaWater intoxication progresses quickly so if your pet has been playing in the water and begins to show any of the signs mentioned above, it's crucial to seek veterinary care immediately to save your dog's life.Treatment of water intoxication typically includes IV delivery of electrolytes, diuretics and drugs to reduce brain swelling. With aggressive veterinary care, some dogs are able to recover, but sadly, many do not.It's important to closely watch dogs that are very active in water and ensure they take regular breaks in between playing. Be especially careful on days when the water is rough. If your dog empties their water bowl after playing hard or exercise, ensure they are rested before refilling the bowl.Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of water intoxication to keep your furry family member safe!If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 204-269-8162 or by email at info@centennialanimalhospital.com.Written by Centennial Animal Hospital

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