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Vaccines and Your Pet

Over the years there has been many advancements in the vaccine world allowing protection from many more diseases. Not every pet will need every vaccine so we base your pet’s vaccine protocol on it’s RISK.

Risk management is key. We, just like your-selves to not want to over-vaccinate; so we will look at your pet’s lifestyle to determine it’s risks of exposure to certain diseases. When you are in for your pet’s health exam and vaccine visit we will give you a “Risk Assessment questionnaire” that will help you as well as us to tailor vaccines to your and your pet’s life style.

Other factors that play a role in vaccinating your pet is age, existing health status, and previous vaccine history. To ensure your pet’s vaccines will work and provide the proper protection your pet will receive a full physical health examination before their vaccine. This is will make sure there isn’t any hidden health issues that will render the vaccine ineffective.

For your pet to mount the best response to a vaccine we limit the number of vaccines to 2 per visit. Follow-up vaccines can then be performed by our nurses in 2 weeks and onward.

The protection provided by a vaccine gradually declines over time so regular booster vaccines are necessary. Many vaccines are boostered yearly, while some have now proven and guaranteed protection for longer duration such as 3 years. Ask us if your pet may be eligible for those extended duration vaccines.

We take the responsibility of being your family veterinarian seriously and will continually work to up-date our standards of care to keep your pet a healthy and happy member of the family.

Diseases to vaccinate your pet against include:

Dogs:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Adenovirus
  • Parainfluenza
  • Parvovirus
  • Coronavirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lyme disease
  • Bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough)
  • Giardia

  • Cats:

  • Rabies
  • Panleukopenia
  • Calicivirus
  • Rhinotracheitis
  • Chlamydia
  • Feline leukemia
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)