Vaccinations are vital to the health and protection of your pet, and serve as a preventive measure to combating viral diseases such as Canine Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus, Corona Virus, Para-influenza, Kennel Cough, Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calici Virus, Panleukopenia, Feline Leukemia and Rabies. Vaccinations are accompanied by a veterinarian consultation and examination to make certain that your pet's condition is stable enough to receive them.
Vaccinations help to combat diseases by exposing the pet's immune system to inactive or small amount of a particular form of bacteria or virus. Our doctors will help you decide which vaccines are appropriate for your pet's risk factors. Proper and timely administration is paramount to ensure for optimal protection. Vaccinations are particularly important to young animals that have immature immune systems and for older pets whose immune systems may be compromised. Vaccinations generally begin at 6-8 weeks of age and are given every three to four weeks until the series is completed.
The Importance of Vaccinating Against the Rabies Virus
We are often asked by our clients if the Rabies Vaccine is truly necessary, even though Kodiak Island has never seen a reported case in recorded history.
The answer is YES!!!!
Rabies is a fatal disease that not only affects animals, but can be transmitted to humans as well. As a matter of public health and safety, every state, county/borough, and municipal government in the United States has mandatory rabies vaccination laws on the books. Most reported cases of rabies involves’ wildlife, and it is usually the interaction between infected wildlife and domestic animals that cause the most likely source of transmission to humans. In Alaska, rabies cases are rare but still occur in remote places across the state. With the vast untamed wilderness in Alaska, and on such a large island like Kodiak, there will always remain a risk that rabies is present without our knowledge.
The potential risks of not vaccinating your pets against rabies can be substantially high. First, there is the possible exposure to humans if your pet becomes infected. Second, there is also the risk that if your pet bites or attacks another animal/pet or even a human, your pet may be seized by Animal Control authorities and possibly quarantined. Then there is the matter of testing the offending pet for rabies infection which involves submitting brain tissue to the State of Alaska Epidemiology Lab, for which the process of obtaining that tissue involves euthanasia. Not to mention the legal liabilities created by the pet owners failure to maintain legal rabies vaccination status.
To ensure the safety of our staff, patients, clients, and to help ensure public safety for our community, our hospital will require that rabies vaccinations must remain up to date.