Protect Your Pet and Prevent Disease With Our Vaccination Plans
There are many canine and feline diseases that are completely preventable by administering the proper vaccinations. Your pet’s vaccination schedule begins at around 6 to 8 weeks of age and continues for his or her entire life. By vaccinating your pet, you are making his or her health a priority and are doing everything you can to prevent very serious disease.
While there is a regular schedule for vaccinations, we recognize that there are circumstances where a specific vaccination may not be warranted. Our comprehensive exam will include discussing your pet’s exposure and risk to create a customized plan tailored to your pet’s needs.
Typical vaccinations for dogs include:
- DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus)—Your puppy receives the first vaccination at the initial exam, around 6 to 8 weeks of age, and it is then repeated every 3 weeks until 15 to 17 weeks. After the initial schedule is completed, your dog will require a booster at 1 year, and then every 3 years.
- Leptospirosis—This annual vaccination prevents a bacterial infection that can damage your dog’s liver, kidneys, and other major organs.
- Bordetella (kennel cough)—This vaccination prevents respiratory disease. The initial vaccination is given at 9 weeks of age and is repeated 3 weeks later. Following the first two shots, a booster is required every 6 to 12 months, depending on exposure.
- Rabies—Your dog will have his or her first vaccination at 16 weeks and the second at 1 year. After the first two vaccinations, a booster is required every 3 years.
- Heartworm—Heartworm prevention medication is given monthly, and your dog will take it for the rest of his or her life. After the first year, a heartworm test is performed at the annual exam.
- Lyme—This vaccination is recommended for dogs that may be exposed to ticks carrying Lyme disease. The initial vaccine is administered at 12 weeks and a second is given at 15 weeks. A booster is required once a year at the annual exam.
Typical vaccinations for cats are:
- FVRCP/feline distemper (feline rhinotracheitis from feline herpes virus, calici virus, and panleukopenia)—Your kitten receives the first vaccination at 6 to 8 weeks of age, and it is repeated every 3 weeks until 15 to 17 weeks of age. A booster is given at 1 year, and then every 3 years for distemper and yearly for rhinotracheitis and calici viruses.
- Rabies—Your cat’s first rabies vaccination is given at 16 weeks, and then at 1 year. A booster is required every 3 years after that.
- FeLV (feline leukemia)—The initial vaccination is administered at 12 weeks, followed by a booster at 15 to 16 weeks, and then annually at wellness exams.
Vaccinations have been proven to build your pet’s immunity against many dangerous diseases. With regular pet wellness checkups and the proper vaccination schedule, you will ensure a long, healthy life for your pet.
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