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Vaccinations

Pets today are living longer, healthier lives than ever
before — in part because of vaccines that help protect them from deadly http://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.brightspot.vetstreet.com/a5/6276d066cc11e0ba680050568d3693/file/GettyImages_107256684.jpginfectious diseases. Over the years, vaccines against dangerous diseases have saved millions of pets and virtually eliminated some fatal diseases that were once common. Unfortunately, many infectious diseases still pose a significant threat to dogs and cats that are unvaccinated.

Although vaccine programs have been highly successful and vaccines are considered routine today, we (as caregivers) and you (as pet owners) cannot afford to become complacent about keeping pets up-to-date on their vaccinations.

Many vaccines are available for use in dogs and cats, but not every pet needs every available vaccine. Some vaccines are considered core vaccines and should be administered to all pets; other vaccines are optional and may be recommended for pets based on a variety of factors, such as their risk for exposure to disease. Vaccine recommendations may change during a pet’s life, as travel habits and other variables change. We will consider all these factors as we determine which vaccines your pet should have.

We understand that your pet is unique and that no single vaccine program will be ideal for every pet in every situation. Dr. Holter and his staff are well-educated about veterinary vaccines, and our goal is to give you the best advice for keeping your pet healthy. We can develop a vaccination schedule and ongoing booster routine that accounts for your pet’s lifestyle, overall health, risk for exposure to infectious disease, and other factors.


Proper vaccination helps pets live longer,
healthier lives. Protecting your pet is our primary goal, so developing an appropriate vaccine
schedule for your pet is important to us.
Call us today to set up an appointment to discuss your pet’s vaccination needs.


Dog
Vaccines



The Core Vaccines:
  • DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus)
  • Rabies Vaccine
Highly Recommended:
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
Non-Core Vaccines (seldom recommended)
  • Canine Influenza (may become more important in the future)
  • Lyme Disease

For puppies, initial vaccines should be given at 7 to 8 weeks of age, and repeated every 3 to 4 weeks thereafter until the puppy is 16 to 18 weeks of age.  Rabies vaccine can be given after the puppy reaches 3 months of age.

For adult dogs, appropriate booster vaccines should be given starting at 1 year of age.  The doctor will determine which vaccines are right for your dog.



Cat
Vaccines

The Core Vaccines
  • FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Coronavirus, and Panleukopenia)
  • Rabies Vaccine
Highly Recommended:
  • FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus)
Non-Core Vaccines (seldom recommended)
  • FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis

For kittens, initial vaccines should be given at 7 to 8 weeks of age, and repeated every 3 to 4 weeks thereafter until the kitten is 16 to 18 weeks of age.  Rabies vaccine can be given after the kitten reaches 3 months of age.

For adult cats, appropriate booster vaccines should be given starting at 1 year of age.  The doctor will determine which vaccines are right for your cat.