Shawme Animal Hospital promotes practicing preventative care when it comes to our pets. We encourage all pet owners to schedule annual wellness exams and keep their pets vaccinated against diseases that they are at risk to contract. Wellness care also entails routine checks of our pet's internal health by analyzing blood,urine and fecal samples.
Please ask us about bundling select blood, urine and fecal samples as part of discounted routine Junior and Senior Wellness profiles.
Annual wellness exams include a thorough check of your pet where we often find conditions that have gone un-noticed. Examination includes a check of the eyes, ears, mouth, teeth, lymph nodes, heart, lungs, abdomen, and joints. If there are any conditions that need to be treated our technicians and doctors can treat many things on an outpatient basis including ear cleaning, anal gland expression, and skin conditions. Ask us if you would like a nail trim for your pet - it's included in your exam!
Routine Vaccinations are important for our dogs and cats. Some vaccines are annual, and some provide immunity for up to 3 years.
Our current vaccine recommendations include:
Rabies Vaccine - Considered a core vaccine, it’s the only vaccine mandated by Massachusetts law. It protects against the Rabies Virus, which is spread in the saliva of an infected mammal through bite wounds. Humans are also at risk of contracting Rabies, and the disease is oftentimes fatal. The first vaccine lasts for 1 year; if boostered between 9-12 months later (not one day late) the next vaccine will then last for 3 years. Once the rabies vaccine meets the requirements for a 3 year vaccine it will always last for 3 years.
Distemper Vaccine - Considered a core vaccine that protects against 4 common viruses that can affect our dogs. Included in the distemper vaccine are distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. Distemper immunity lasts for 3 years once boostered as an adult.
Lyme Vaccine - Lyme disease is spread by infected deer ticks, and can cause a long list of signs and symptoms including fatal kidney failure in dogs. In addition to keeping your dog on a monthly flea and tick product we recommend vaccinating for Lyme disease annually. (more info)
Leptospirosis Vaccine - Leptospirosis is a bacteria that is shed in the urine of wild animals. Your dog can contract the disease most commonly by drinking out of contaminated puddles, ponds, and streams. Dogs can also contract the disease from ingesting plants, soil, or dew that has been contaminated by infected urine. The disease causes liver and kidney failure in both animals and people. Leptospirosis is a human health disease and is strongly recommended for households with small children. This disease is on the rise in our area and a new generation of the vaccine is very safe and effective. (more info)
Kennel Cough (Bordatella) Vaccine - Kennel Cough is a vaccine often required by boarding, daycare and sometimes grooming facilities. It protects against the common strains of a contagious bacterial cough spread easily between dogs. The vaccine is administered either under the lip (sublingual) or intra-nasal. This vaccine is optional for most dogs that are not boarding or exposed to dogs who board frequently.
Rabies Vaccine - Considered a core vaccine, it’s the only vaccine mandated by Massachusetts law. It protects against the Rabies Virus, which is spread in the saliva of an infected mammal through bite wounds. Humans are also at risk for contracting Rabies. Our new generation feline vaccine is non-adjuvented lasts for 1 year and should be boostered annually.
Distemper (FVRCP) - Considered a core vaccine that protects against 3 common viruses that can affect our cats. Included in the feline distemper vaccine are Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus (feline herpesvirus 1) calicivirus, and panleukopenia.
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) - Although the leukemia vaccine is not considered a core vaccine, it is very important to vaccinate our outdoor cats. FeLV is spread in saliva, nasal secretions, urine, feces, milk, grooming, and through bite wounds. It can be spread by something as simple as a hiss.