Vaccinations Keep Your Pet Free of Infectious Diseases

Initial vaccinations begin in the puppy and kitten years and boosters are given throughout your pet’s life. Yearly vaccines protect your dog or cat from contracting avoidable and sometimes fatal diseases.

Before administering any vaccinations, we will provide a thorough physical examination and verify your pet is healthy enough to receive the vaccine.

How Pet Vaccines Work

Vaccines introduce small, inert compounds of diseases, “teaching” your pet’s immune system to defend itself against contagious and deadly diseases. Antibodies produced by the vaccines fight off the actual disease should your pet come into contact with it.

Curious how vaccinations work? View a highly informative video from Animal Health foundation.

Some of our clients question why vaccines are necessary for pets that seldom or never venture outdoors. Pet diseases can actually be carried into the house from humans on shoes, clothing, and so on. To keep your pet safe, we endorse regular vaccinations.

Our General Vaccination Recommendations Include:

Vaccines for Adult Dogs

  • Rabies vaccination (state law mandated; rabies is a fatal disease transmittable to humans)
  • DHP-P, a combination vaccine that protects against several viral diseases and respiratory infections (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus)
  • Bordetella (kennel cough)
  • Leptospirosis

Vaccines for Adult Cats

  • Rabies vaccination (state law mandated; rabies is a fatal disease transmittable to humans)
  • FVRCP, a combination vaccine that guards against several viral diseases and respiratory infections (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia)
  • Feline leukemia, a debilitating disease that affects healthy immune function (before administering this vaccine, we will want to test your kitten for the presence of the disease)
  • FIV (we will want to test prior to administering the vaccine and it will only be given to at-risk cats that go outdoors)