Our practice recommends a personalized vaccination schedule for each pet based on a their age, vaccine history, exposure to other animals, their lifestyle, and current health status. Sometimes we will recommend a vaccine titer be run to guage existing immunity to a particular disease/virus. Vaccines are an important part of keeping your pet’s healthy and preventing potentially life threatening disease. Prevention is the best medicine, we would much rather help keep your pet healthy than treat them for what was a preventable illness.
Vaccinations are critical to the well being of your pet, protecting them from potentially deadly viral diseases like Distemper, Parvovirus, and Rabies in dogs; and Panleukopenia, Feline Leukemia Virus and Rabies in cats.
Vaccination protects pets from disease by exposing their body’s immune system to inactive or parts of a type of bacteria or virus. Our doctors will help you decide which vaccines are appropriate for your pet’s risk factors. Proper administration and giving a vaccine at the correct age and time interval is critical for proper protection. Vaccination is particularly critical in young animals that have naive immune systems. Vaccination typically starts at 6-8 weeks of age and the puppy and kitten series is completed around 16 weeks of age.
Vaccinations are accompanied by doctor consultation and examination to ensure your pet is healthy enough for the vaccines. We will keep you up to date when your pets will be due for booster vaccnations during their adult years.
We also have a Rattlesnake vaccination. Please ask one of our staff if you want to know more about these vaccinations or to set an appointment to bring your pet in to see one of our doctors.