Pet Vaccinations for Every Lifestyle
Safeguarding your four-legged friend against infectious illnesses is part and parcel of owning a pet. Our pets' innate curiosity can quickly lead them into trouble, and certain diseases can come from unlikely places. Since you can't always keep your pet from sticking their nose where it doesn't belong, vaccinations are your pet's next best defense.
We recommend pet vaccinations as an important part of every animal wellness program, but no two pets may need the same vaccinations year after year. Each pet's overall lifestyle contains factors we need to consider to help their owners choose the right vaccines. Our veterinarians value personalized care and making sure they're meeting every patients' specific health needs.
Our Cat and Dog Vaccines
Our hospitals offer a variety of core and lifestyle (noncore) vaccines to provide tailored care to every patient. Core vaccines generally include the rabies and distemper combination vaccines, which offer protection against the life-threatening rabies and distemper viruses. Lifestyle vaccines are given based on certain factors including risk of exposure, travel frequency, health history, size and breed.
Currently, our vaccines for cats and dogs include:
- Rabies vaccine (core)
- Distemper combo (core)
- Leptospirosis (core)
- Bivalent canine influenza (CIV) vaccine (core)
- Bordetella (core)
- Lyme vaccine (non-core)
- Rabies vaccine (core)
- FVRCP - Feline distemper vaccine (core)
- Leukemia - A 2-shot series for kittens, then given based on risk (non-core)
When Should My Pet Start Their Vaccinations?
Ideally, pets should begin their vaccinations between 6-8 weeks old. Cats and dogs are vulnerable to illness around this time because the immunity they obtained from their mother's milk has begun to wear off. We start with a distemper series for puppies and kittens, giving the vaccines time to build up their immune systems. The rabies vaccine should be given between 15-16 weeks old.
Along with their core vaccines, your pet may also need certain lifestyle vaccines to protect them from other risks. We will want to know as much about your pet's lifestyle as possible so we can help you make the best choices. To consult with one of our veterinarians about pet vaccinations, select a location and call us today so we can help!
The first live attenuated viral vaccine for rabies was developed by Louis Pasteur in the late 19th century. Pasteur was able to weaken the rabies virus by treating various rabbits until it became capable of triggering an immune system response and could safely serve as a vaccine. The first rabies vaccination was administered in 1885.