Vaccinations for your pets
Pets today can live longer, healthier lives than ever before—in part because of vaccines that help protect them from deadly infectious 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 parents) cannot afford to become complacent about keeping pets up-to-date on their vaccinations.
Is your pet receiving the vaccines they need? Let’s find out!
Responsible vaccination protocols
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, whereas 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 can also change throughout 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. Our doctors and other staff members are well-educated about veterinary vaccines, and our goal is to give you the best advice for keeping your pet healthy. Let us 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.
Recommended Dog Vaccines
There are certain vaccines that every dog needs, in addition to optional vaccines given based on risk level and lifestyle. Rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvo, and parainfluenza are part of the core immunization category, which means they're essential to your dog's health.
Vaccines We Recommend for Cats
Cats may live out their days indoors, but that does not mean they are safe from infection. Humans can unknowingly carry harmful bacteria and viruses with them into their homes, which puts our feline friends at risk. Our recommended vaccines for cats include:
- Panleukopenia (feline distemper)
- Feline leukemia (recommended for kittens and indoor/outdoor cats)
How to Choose the Right Vaccines for Your Pet
Like you, our veterinarians want what’s best for your pet regarding their needs, lifestyle, and overall health. Every pet is different and we take pride in providing thoughtful treatments for all of our patients. By working together, we'll decide the best vaccination plan for your pet. If you have questions for our team, please give us a call at (865) 986-5450.