Vaccinations

Vaccinations are designed to trigger immune responses and promote the production of disease-fighting agents by the immune system. Vaccinations are the most effective method for preventing serious and contagious diseases from spreading through the pet population.

Both medical and veterinary doctors agree that the popularization of vaccinations have prevented millions of diseases and cases of death worldwide over the past century.

Below is a list summarizing the reasons vaccinating your pet is considered an imperative veterinary protocol:

  • Vaccinating your pet prevents them from contracting potentially fatal diseases.
  • It can save you thousands of dollars down the line because if your pet contracts a serious disease, they may need acute care.
  • Some vaccinations are legally mandated, and neglecting to have your pet vaccinated puts you at legal risk.
  • If you ever need to leave town and board your dog, virtually all reputable boarding establishments require their boarders to be vaccinated.
  • Taking your pets out and about to parks can be done safely. Wild animals or even other pets could pass on a deadly disease such as rabies to an unvaccinated pet.

Our veterinarians have developed a list of core vaccinations that are recommended for all pets under our care.

For dogs, this list includes:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Parvovirus
  • Hepatitis

For cats, this list includes:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Calicivirus
  • Viral Rhinotracheitis

Depending on your pet’s lifestyle, some additional non-core vaccinations may be recommended. Make sure to tell your veterinarian if your pet travels frequently (and to where), stays at boarding facilities, or spends a lot of time outside. These factors will help the doctor to decide what vaccines are right for your pet’s needs.

Most core vaccinations are received every few years. If you are a new client, please provide us with your pet’s medical records so we can determine what they may be due for, and when they might next need to receive a vaccination.

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