Fortunately, there are many vaccines available to prevent a variety of diseases. Vaccines provide proven life-saving benefits. The vaccines that we use here have been associated with minimal risk and should be a part the preventative care we provide to our pets. Of course, we will create a vaccine schedule that fits with your pet’s life stage, lifestyle, and underlying medical conditions.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens get more vaccines initially. They are here every 3-4 weeks until they have passed 16 weeks of age. At that time, they are transitioned to a maintenance vaccine schedule specific for your pet.
Why do puppies and kittens get “booster” vaccines? Nursing puppies and kittens ingest antibodies from their mothers, these antibodies provide early protection against infectious disease. However, they also neutralize the immunizing agents in vaccines. Maternal antibodies naturally decline during the first three to four months of life and eventually disappear. For this reason, puppies and kittens should receive a series of vaccinations to increase the likelihood of long-term protection.
Adult Cats and Dogs
Vaccines are given every 1-3 years depending upon the vaccine, the lifestyle of the pet, as well as any underlying diseases that exist.
We provide the following vaccines:
- Feline Leukemia
- Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia (FVRCP)
- Distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus (DHPP)
An alternative to routine vaccines is to check the blood to assess immunity to the diseases we are protecting against. This can be done in the place of vaccines to be sure your pet is protected and not needing to get more vaccines than absolutely necessary. Please ask your veterinarian at the time of your next visit.