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Vaccinations

In this day of vaccine controversy, we take the middle road. Pets, like people, can be over vaccinated. And some of them can have reactions. Therefore, we always want to assess the risk to your pet of a particular disease before giving any vaccinations. Also for this reason, if we decide that it is in your pet’s best interests to spread out a vaccine series, we will not charge you an additional wellness exam to do so. With that in mind, these are our vaccination recommendations.

For Puppies & Dogs:

  • Distemper and Parvo. These are two very real threats to dogs. They are viruses that can kill your pet and also are very prevalent. An animal can become infected without having direct animal contact. The DAP vaccine combo covers both of these diseases. These are part of the usual puppy boosters, but after a dog reaches adulthood, they are done every three years.
  • Rabies. This is also done less frequently as a pet gets older. This is part of our core vaccines.
  • Leptospirosis. This is actually a bacteria that infects kidneys of dogs, wildlife and people. Because it has the potential to be spread from wildlife to dog to people, we highly recommend this vaccine to dogs who share a household with children. It requires yearly boosters. ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23517206 another good blog post potential)
  • Bordatella. This is the infamous “kennel cough”. We only recommend this vaccine if your dog is directly exposed to other dogs or if you board your dog at a kennel. It is generally not a serious infection, but it is highly contagious and annoying.
  • Rattlesnake and Lyme Disease. While we have both rattlesnake and lyme disease vaccines on hand, these are only recommended for your pet if there is a definite risk, such as if you are hiking in areas where snakes or ticks are more prevalent.

For Kittens & Cats:

  • Feline Panleukopenia, Herpesvirus and Calcivirus. The FVRCP or feline distemper combo vaccine covers feline herpes, calicivirus and panleukopenia. These are deadly diseases to cats. Just like canine parvo, their vaccine frequency is reduced as your pet ages.
  • Rabies. This is also done less frequently as a pet gets older. This is part of our core vaccines.
  • Feline Leukemia (FeLV). This virus requires cat-to-cat contact in order to be transmitted; many people opt to not have this vaccine done if their cat never goes outside. If it is done, it is given during the kitten vaccine series and boostered as needed.

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