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Vaccinations

There are countless conditions out there that can cause a pet's health to suffer. Thankfully, vaccinations are a trusted line of defense against conditions that in the past may have cost a pet their overall health or life. By offering core vaccines, along with non-core vaccines, we can safeguard against infectious condition, thereby keeping your pet, along with the rest of the pet community, safe and protected.

What works for one pet may not work for another, which is why over-vaccination is actively avoided in all of our patients through personalized vaccination plans. Our medical team is highly knowledgeable in disease prevention through vaccination, and we will work with you to devise a vaccination plan that is suitable to your pet's age, species, lifestyle, and health status.

 

Core vaccines are recommended for pets of all ages and lifestyle considerations.

Core Canine Vaccines

  • DHPP vaccination protects against four diseases: distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. Nearly all dogs are exposed to these life-threatening conditions during their lifetime, so vaccination is a must.

  • Rabies vaccination prevents dogs from contracting this deadly infection. Vaccination is required by law.

Core Feline Vaccines

  • FVRCP vaccination prevents feline distemper, a serious and contagious (cat-cat only) virus that causes respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, nervous system damage, and death.

  • Rabies vaccination prevents cats from contracting this deadly infection. Vaccination is required by law.

 

Non-core vaccines are based on lifestyle factors, such as age, health status, and risk of exposure.

Non-core Canine Vaccines

  • Bordetella vaccination prevents kennel cough, a highly contagious condition that causes a dry hacking cough that can persist for 6+ weeks.

  • Leptospirosis vaccination is passed from rats and wildlife to dogs and people. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, or living and kidney failure.

  • Lyme vaccination prevents tick-borne diseases.

  • Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) vaccination prevents the spread of dog flu.

Non-core Feline Vaccines

  • FeLV vaccination protects against Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. Both of these conditions are chronic and fatal.

  • Calicivirus vaccination is highly contagious, and causes severe upper respiratory infections and flu-like symptoms.

Like in human medicine, vaccines work by exposing the body to an extremely low-level of the disease-causing organism. Exposure is safe and controlled, allowing the immune system to form disease-fighting antigens that will be prepared the next time the body comes in contact with the condition in an uncontrolled setting, like their everyday environment.

If you have any questions about your pet's vaccine recommendations, or if you're unsure if your pet is current on his or her vaccines, please don't hesitate to ask! Simply give us a call, stop by our office during open business hours, or inquire during a scheduled visit.