Should I Vaccinate?
Vaccines help prevent illnesses from affecting your pet. Our Veterinarians, based on the lifestyle, health, and age of your pet, will evaluate risks and benefits of each vaccine that might be needed.
Protection from disease depends on the immune system’s ability to respond to a vaccine. A good vaccination program starts at eight weeks of age, with booster vaccines being given every three to four weeks until the puppy is over 16 weeks of age. Our Veterinarians will recommend the appropriate vaccines, but the most common vaccines that will be discussed include: Distemper, Parvo Virus, Bordetella, Lyme, Influenza, and Rabies. Heartworm, flea/tick, and intestinal parasite preventives are also recommended at six to eight weeks of age. A fecal sample is always recommended to check for internal parasites that can cause GI upset.
A good vaccine program for a kitten starts at eight weeks of age with boosters given every three to four weeks. Boosters are given to ensure the kitten’s immune system responds to the vaccine and the pet is protected from disease. A vaccine for Feline Distemper (a 4-in-1 vaccine that contains Rhino tracheitis, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia and Calici) is given initially and when old enough a Rabies will be given. Another vaccine that will be discussed is Feline Leukemia, which our Veterinarians may recommend depending on your cats risk assessment. Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids testing is always recommended initially. Flea and heartworm prevention will also be discussed and a fecal is always recommended to check for internal parasites that can cause GI upset.