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Cat Vaccinations

Your cat counts on you for protection. One of the very best things you can do to give your cat a long and healthy life is to ensure that he or she is vaccinated against common feline diseases. Vaccines contain small quantities of altered or “killed” viruses, bacteria or other disease-causing organisms. When administered, they stimulate your cat’s immune system to produce disease-fighting cells and proteins – or antibodies – to protect against disease.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?


It’s not as crucial for indoor cats, however, should your cat accidentally escape, be exposed to other cats or animals, have to go into a boarding facility he/she will NOT be protected. We can never know what the future holds or assume that a cat will never come into contact with a feline carrying disease, so it’s best to be prepared.

What is FVRCP and core vaccine for cats?


This is a multi-virus vaccine that stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia also known as Feline Distemper. Core vaccines are considered vital to all pets based on the risk of exposure, the severity of disease or transmissibility to humans. Rabies is also a core vaccine and according to the city of Winnipeg’s bylaw, all cats are to be vaccinated unless there is a medical reason not to (i.e. serious vaccine reaction).

How often does my adult cat need vaccination?


We recommend annual exams and based on the pet’s exposure risk/lifestyle and stage of life appropriate vaccinations will be advised. Your veterinarian can best determine a vaccination schedule for your cat. This will depend on the type of vaccine, your pet’s age, medical history, environment, and lifestyle.

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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