Cats receive their core vaccinations as a single vaccine denoted FVRCP. This
vaccine provides vaccination against: Panleukopenia virus, a potentially fatal
gastrointestinal disease; Feline Herpesvirus-1; and Feline Calicivirus, a respiratory
disease. In animals that can produce a good immune response, this
vaccine provides rapid onset of immunity against the often deadly Panleukopenia
virus and helps to decrease the severity of symptoms for the common
feline respiratory viruses. Booster vaccination requirements need to be
discussed with the regular veterinarian following adoption.
Dogs receive their core vaccinations as a single vaccine denoted DA2PP/DHPP.
This vaccine provides vaccination against: Distemper, a gastrointestinal,
respiratory and neurologic disease; Adenovirus, a respiratory virus also providing
immunity against a related virus causing infectious hepatitis; Parvovirus, a
potentially fatal gastrointestinal disease; and Parainfluenza, a respiratory virus.
Booster vaccination requirements need to be discussed with the regular
veterinarian following adoption.
Rabies is a zoonotic disease, a virus that can transfer from animals to people. It
can cause neurological symptoms and result in death of the infected individual.
Vaccination against rabies is not provided at Calgary Humane Society at
this time and should be discussed with the animal’s regular veterinarian to
ensure proper documentation of this important vaccine.
The Importance of the Complimentary Veterinarian Exam
Once the animal is adopted and leaves the shelter, it is important for the
family to book an appointment with their animal’s regular veterinarian. At this
appointment, they can discuss future vaccination schedules based on risks to
the animal taking into consideration its age, lifestyle and the potential for
disease exposure in their community. In addition, Rabies vaccination is
considered a core vaccine and should be discussed at this time. Finally, their
veterinarian may recommend additional vaccinations which may be important
to the animal based on the above risk assessment.