Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of New Braunfels

Vaccinations

Vaccinations help your pet’s immune system fight diseases caused by viruses and bacteria. Vaccinating your animal to prevent diseases, such as kennel cough and parvovirus, is safer and more cost effective than treating your pet once he or she has contracted the disease. Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic recommends only those vaccinations that are essential to your animal’s health; therefore, we do not recommend overvaccination. We consider factors such as your pet’s age, vaccination history, and risk of exposure to tailor a vaccination plan specifically suited to your dog or cat.

Your new puppy or kitten requires several sets of vaccinations for optimal immunity. When a puppy or kitten is nursing, he or she ingests maternal antibodies that can neutralize some of the effects of the vaccinations. The maternal antibodies gradually decrease during the first eight weeks of your pet’s life. Our veterinarians discuss this with you and determine the most effective immunization schedule for your new animal.

The vaccinations for the following, easily prevented diseases are the most important to ensure your cat or dog’s healthy life. Please contact our staff at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic if you have any questions regarding vaccinations and disease prevention.

Essential Feline Vaccinations
  • Rabies – Texas state law mandates that pets be vaccinated against rabies because the vaccination is very effective and the rabies virus can affect people. Rabies is a fatal disease and once an animal gets rabies, there is no cure. Our veterinarians determine the vaccination rate for your pet every year.
  • Panleukopenia – Also known as feline distemper, panleukopenia is extremely contagious. It infects the cat’s gastrointestinal tract and is similar to parvovirus in dogs.
  • Leukemia – Infects immune system cells and eventually the cat’s bone marrow. Cats contract the disease through nasal or oral secretions when they touch noses or share water or food.
  • Calicivirus, herpesvirus, and viruses causing rhinotracheitis – Kittens are most susceptible to these viruses, but they affect cats of all ages. The viruses are spread when a cat comes in contact with infected ocular and nasal secretions.
Essential Canine Vaccinations
  • Rabies – Texas state law mandates that pets be vaccinated against rabies because the vaccination is very effective and the rabies virus can affect people. Rabies is a fatal disease and once an animal gets rabies, there is no cure. Our veterinarians determine the vaccination rate for your pet every year.
  • Canine Distemper – This contagious, often fatal viral disease attacks a dog’s gastrointestinal, respiratory, and central nervous systems.
  • Parvovirus – Perhaps one of the most devastating viral diseases, parvovirus attacks a puppy’s gastrointestinal system and can be fatal. Symptoms of parvovirus include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and lethargy.
  • Leptospirosis – This bacterial disease affects not only your pet, but also many animal species including livestock, wildlife, and people. Leptospirosis bacteria are spread when infected animals urinate and contaminate common water sources.
  • Canine respiratory disease complex (kennel cough) – Similar to the human disease of whooping cough, kennel cough could develop into pneumonia and can be fatal. This is an airborne disease so it’s found everywhere dogs inhabit, not just in dog kennels.
  • Adenovirus – Also known as infectious canine hepatitis, this viral disease infects the liver and is spread in the urine, saliva, blood, feces, and nasal discharge of infected dogs.
Other Vaccinations
  • Rattlesnake vaccine – The veterinarians and staff at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic see hundreds of rattlesnake bites each year. If your dog is bitten, the rattlesnake vaccination reduces the time it takes your dog to recover; however, your dog must still be treated by one of our veterinarians as soon as possible.