Vaccinating Your Pet

Vaccinations help your pet's body protect itself against disease. When an animal is vaccinated, it builds immunity to harmful diseases. Vaccinations are specific proteins which stimulate the body to produce antibodies against disease. Newborns acquire a passive immunity from their mothers, who pass on their antibodies through nursing or from inside the uterus.

We recommend giving a series of vaccinations to you puppy or kitten, every 3-4 weeks until he/she reaches 16-18 weeks of age. We will mail and email reminders to help you remember when you pets are due for their vaccines. Anytime a pet receives vaccinations, there is a potential for a vaccine reaction, so please be sure to monitor your pet for at least 8-12 hours after vaccines are given and watch for any signs such as swelling of the face or muzzle, hives or whelps across the skin and back. Also note any vomiting or diarrhea and report any reactions to your veterinarian or emergency clinic immediately.

Canine Vaccines

Rabies is a fatal viral infection. It is transmitted by bite wounds and is zoonotic (meaning humans can get it from animals).

Canine Distemper is a potentially deadly virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous systems. It is transmitted with nose to mouth contact with an infected dog and inhaling the viral particles in contaminated feces.

Parvo Virus is a potentially deadly virus that attacks the gastrointestinal system. It is transmitted by ingesting the viral particles of contaminated feces.

Hepatitis (Adenovirus) infects the liver. It is specific to the canine family and not contagious to humans. The virus is shed in saliva and feces of infected dogs.

Bordetella Brochiceptica (Kennel Cough) is a bacterium that causes infectious tracheobronchitits. It is characterized by a honking cough. It is transmitted by inhalation.

Parainfluenza (Kennel Cough) is similar to Bordetella.

Leptospirosis is a bacterium that can cause liver and kidney damage. It is transmitted by ingestion of water contaminated by infected urine of certain wildlife. This disease is transmittable to humans.

Available vaccines not routinely recommended by our veterinary clinic include Lyme disease and rattle snake toxin vaccine.

Feline Vaccines

Rabies is a fatal viral infection. It is transmitted by bite wounds and is zoonotic (meaning humans can get it from animals).

Rhinotracheitis (Herpes) causes an upper respiratory disease. Clinical signs include: sneezing, runny eyes, and difficulty breathing. It is transmitted by inhalation.

Calicivirus is similar to rhinotracheitits.

Panleukopenia is a deadly viral disease in cats that is similar to Parvo virus in dogs.

Feline Leukemia is a deadly viral disease. It is transmitted by direct contact. Clinical signs include fever, weight loss, poor hair coat, anemia, decreased appetite and inflammation of oral tissue.

Your veterinarian will tailor the vaccination protocol of your pet depending on exposure, age and health.