Thank you for selecting VCA Animal Hospital for your pet's health care needs. VCA is Experienced, Friendly and Dedicated. Our experienced veterinarians and support team are truly dedicated to animals; we get to know and love your pet! We look forward to providing you and your pet with the highest quality of care and attention. Our staff will do all we can to help your pet enjoy a happy and healthy life. VCA Lake Jackson Animal Hospital has been serving our community for over 13 years.
Local Medical Issues
Make sure your pet is up to date on their vaccinations. Lake Jackson Police Department issued a warning in March 2015 about an increase of raccoons infected with canine Distemper. Raccoons with this virus may initially appear to have an upper respiratory infection, with a runny nose and watery eyes developing into conjunctivitis. As the virus continues the infected raccoon can develop pneumonia. The raccoon may be thin and debilitated and have diarrhea which is a clear symptom. In the final stage of the disease, the raccoon may wander aimlessly in a circle and appear disoriented. They may also be unaware of their surroundings, wandering during mid-day hours. Raccoons infected may also suffer from paralysis and seizures or exhibit other bizarre behavior as a result of the neurological damage from the virus. The virus is transmitted through airborne droplets, direct contact with bodily fluids, saliva or raccoon droppings. No treatment exists for canine distemper which is why it is critical that your pet be vaccinated. Having one distemper vaccine when your dog was a puppy is not enough protection. We recommend boosters for puppies, one every 4 weeks until the puppy is 4 months of age. If you pet is an adult dog with no vaccines, 2 boosters are recommended to provide complete protection. If you know of any raccoons suspected of having this virus or have any questions or concerns you are asked to contact the Lake Jackson Humane Department at 979-415-2700. If you need to have your pet vaccinated, please call our hospital at 979-297-3044 and we can get them vaccinated today!