Keeping your pet’s vaccinations up to date is one of the best ways to assure the continued health of your pet. Each pet is an individual and we will evaluate the individual vaccination needs of your pet during your first visit. A reminder card is mailed to you when your pet’s vaccine boosters are due. Even though we tailor the vaccines given to the individual pets, there are basic vaccines that almost all dogs and cats receive. These vaccines are listed below.
DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus): Sometimes called the distemper/parvo vaccine or the 4 way vaccine, it protects your dog from viruses that can be contracted in the environment. Most puppies receive a series of 3 to 4 vaccinations in the first year, a booster in 1 year then a booster every 3 years. Adult dogs with unknown vaccine history should receive 2 vaccines 3 to 4 weeks apart the first year, a booster in 1 year then a booster every 3 years.
Leptospirosis: This vaccine is often called lepto or the “L” in DHLPP or the 5 way. It is a bacteria that your dog can contract in the environment via urine. This vaccine my cause allergic reaction in certain breeds and vaccination is not always recommended. We will advise you on whether we feel it will be beneficial for your dog to receive this vaccine or not. Dogs receive 2 vaccinations 3 to 4 weeks apart the first year, a booster in 1 year then a booster every 3 years.
Rabies: Your dog can get rabies only by being bitten by another animal that is already infected. We do have rabies in this area. The county requires that all dogs are vaccinated against rabies by the time they are 6 months old. Your dog should receive a rabies booster 1 year after the first injection, then every 3 years.
Bordetella: This vaccine protects against a family of respiratory illnesses that are highly contagious to dogs in close proximity to each other. It is often called kennel cough. We recommend this vaccine for any dog that frequently visits boarding kennels, groomers, breeding facilities or dog parks. The vaccine is administered as drops in the nose or as an injection. It requires an annual booster.
Canine Flu: This vaccine protects again canine influenza or dog flu, a highly contagious virus. The vaccination can protect against both identified strains of dog flu, H3N8 and H3N2.The canine influenza vaccine is recommended for all dogs, especially dogs being taken to boarding, daycare, or grooming.
FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia): This vaccine protects your cat from viruses that can be contracted in the environment. Most kittens receive a series of 3 vaccine injections in the first year, a booster 1 year later then a booster every 3 years. Adult cats with unknown vaccine history should receive 2 vaccines 3 to 4 weeks apart, a booster 1 year later then a booster every 3 years.
Felv: Feline Leukemia can be passed from mother to kittens or from cat to cat via saliva. We recommend having your cat is tested with a simple blood test. All cats should receive 2 initial vaccines a month apart. Annual boosters are recommended for cats that go outside.
Rabies: Your cat can get rabies only by being bitten by another animal that is already infected. While the county does not require all cats to be vaccinated, we do have rabies in this area. Annual rabies vaccines are recommended to protect you and your cat from being infected. It will also help protect you legally if your cat bites someone.