Vaccination

Vaccination

VacinasAt Restelo Veterinary Pratice, ResteloVet, we look after your pet with great dedication and care, safeguarding your pets’ health through preventive measures such as vaccination. 

There are many highly infectious and potentially life-threatening diseases that can affect your pets’ health. Gladly, for some of these diseases there is a highly effective way of prevention – vaccination. 
Vaccines stimulate our pets immune system making them more resistant to the infectious agents. Therefore, by vaccinating your pet you are protecting him from potentially fatal diseases. 
The vaccines and vaccination plan to be followed may depend on specie, age, region and lifestyle – which mean that different pets may have different vaccination recommendations. 
In Portugal, it is mandatory to vaccinate pets for Rabies and vaccination against several other diseases is strongly advised to prevent your pet to become ill and contaminate others. 
Generally, vaccination should be started at the 6th or 8th week of age and these require 2 or 3 takes. However, to guarantee your pets health, regular boosts are required.
In dogs, adequately following the vaccination protocol can prevent diseases such as canine distemper, parvovirus, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and rabies. Additionally, administering the vaccine against Leishmaniosis is also a great preventive measure. 
In cats, vaccination can prevent agents and diseases such as panleucopenia, infectious rhinotracheitis, herpesvirus and feline leukemia (FeLV). 


Vaccination Plan

Vaccinations and vaccination schedule vary depending on the animal species, age, area of ​​residence and the animals' lifestyle – meaning that different animals may have different vaccination plans.

Vaccination should be started between the 6th and 8th week of life and requires 2 to 3 initial doses. However, to ensure the safety of your pet throughout its life, it is necessary to carry out vaccine boosters with some regularity.

In dogs, following an adequate vaccination plan can prevent diseases such as distemper, parvovirus, infectious canine hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and rabies. Additionally, vaccination against Leishmaniasis is also one of the best preventive measures in dogs.

Vaccination of your dog against rabies and the placement of a microchip is mandatory by law, and must be carried out until 4 months of age.

In cats, vaccines can prevent agents and diseases such as panleucopenia, infectious rhinotracheitis, herpesvirus and feline leukemia (FeLV).

To help you maintain your best friend's well-being and health by having vaccinations and deworming up to date, ResteloVet sends you a notice with the necessary advance. It must be accompanied by the Health Bulletin.

Canine Leishmaniose

Canine leishmaniasis is an infectious disease caused by a parasite called Leishmania infantum, which is transmitted by the bite of small flying insects (phlebotomines).
These insects have a worldwide distribution and can be found in several regions of southern Europe, including Portugal, Spain, Italy and southern France.
Dogs with access to the outdoors, short-haired and generally, animals aged 2 years or older, are at greater risk of being infected. However, cats and other animals can also get leishmaniasis.

Canine parvovirus

Canine parvovirus is a serious infectious disease that mainly affects young and unprotected dogs.

The disease is caused by a virus of the parvoviridae family: a virus of small dimensions but which is highly contagious and very resistant in the environment (it can survive about 6 months).

This virus seriously affects the immune and gastrointestinal system of dogs, causing vomiting and intense diarrhea, often with blood. The loss of fluids and nutrients leads to dehydration and severe prostration, which can be fatal if not quickly corrected.

Heartworm disease

One of the main diseases transmitted by mosquito bites to watch out for in our pets is heartworm disease.

Heartworm is a serious and potentially fatal disease, also known as the “heart parasite”.

The disease is caused by a parasite called Dirofilaria immitis, which is transmitted by the bite of Culex mosquitoes. It has a worldwide distribution but there are risk zones where the disease is particularly prevalent - coastal regions and warm and temperate climates.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is one of the most common infectious diseases in cats.
Feline immunodeficiency disease is caused by a retrovirus of the lentivirus genus, and is sometimes called cat AIDS. The disease in cats assumes characteristics similar to HIV/AIDS in humans, however it does not affect people.
FIV is a poorly resistant virus in the environment, but it seriously affects the immune system of infected cats - leaving them more susceptible to infections and secondary diseases.

Feline Leukemia Virus

FeLV, or Feline Leukemia Virus, is one of the most common infectious diseases in cats.

The disease is caused by a retrovirus of the Oncornavirus genus. They are fragile and unstable viruses in the environment, but they have the ability to seriously affect the immune system of infected cats - leaving them more susceptible to infections and secondary diseases.


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