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Vaccinations

scooterphoto b10One of a young pet’s first visits to the veterinarian usually entails receiving vaccinations, a thorough physical exam and stool or fecal analysis. There are several dangerous diseases to which young kittens and puppies are particularly susceptible. Fortunately, there are vaccines that offer protection against some of the more severe ones. Most vaccines require boosters for puppies and kittens, and we administer them on subsequent visits according to our vaccination protocol. We encourage clients to use these visits for asking questions about their pet's veterinary medicine and at home care.

For canines, the vaccines we administer include distemper, adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, corona and bordetella (a variety of kennel cough), rabies and canine influenza. Additionally, some of our clients travel with their dogs to areas where rattlesnakes are prevalent. Upon request,  we can order and administer this vaccine.

Feline diseases for which which vaccinate patients include feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, chlamydia, panleukopenia, feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia virus. We also advocate testing for feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia virus for all cats with an exposure risk.

Following a good vaccine regimen is extraordinarily important to a pet's long term health, and safeguards the owner against disease as well. Leptospirosis and rabies can both transfer from dogs to humans. Cats may also transmit rabies to humans.

Our Canine Vaccination Protocol*
 Age  Vaccine
6 weeks DA2LPPC #1
9 weeks DA2LPPC #2, Bordetella Intranasal
12 weeks DA2LPPC #3, Rabies, Influenza #1, Bordetella Injectable #1
16 weeks DA2LPPC #4, Influenza #2, Bordetella Injectable #2
If > 1 year since last rabies vaccination DHPP (3 year), Rabies (3 year), Lepto, Bordetalla, Influenza
Two years Lepto, Bordetella, Influenza
Three years Lepto, Bordetella, Influenza
Four years DHPP (3 year), Rabies (3 year), Lepto, Bordetalla, Influenza

 

Our Feline Vaccination Protocol*
 Age  Vaccine
6 weeks FVRCP-C #1
9 weeks FVRCP-C #2, FeLV #1
12 weeks FVRCP-C #3, FeLV #2, Rabies
If > 1 year since last rabies vaccination FVRCP-C 3 (year), FeLV, Rabies 3 (year)
 Two years  
 Three years  
 Four years FVRCP-C 3 (year), FeLV, Rabies 3 (year)

 

*Note: The vaccination protocols list vaccines only, and do not outline other procedures, such as exams, heartworm tests and fecal analyses, also advised for well visits.

Manufacturers now warranty some vaccines for three years, and for those products, we administer them on a once every three years basis, if the patient meets the criteria. We relegate the final decision to innoculate the patient with a three year vaccine to our associate veterinarians. Occasionally, for medical or other reasons, the associate veterinarian may determine it is in the pet's best interest to not to vaccinate him/her according to the our protocol.