Protecting your pet from contagious and lethal diseases is a major factor in their ongoing healthcare. Therefore, our four-legged friends need pet vaccinations just like we need vaccinations against tetanus, flu and other diseases. In White House and in neighboring areas, pets may face various threats including rabies, distemper, parvovirus and leptospirosis, to name a few. But we also know that not every pet needs every vaccine every year. That’s why it’s more than “just shots” at Orchard Park Animal Hospital.
Different health hazards call for different vaccines to prevent them. Orchard Park Animal Hospital carries essential (core) and lifestyle vaccines to address our patients’ individual needs. We closely adhere to the vaccination guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Learn more about our dog and cat vaccines in the section below!
Our Dog and Cat Vaccines
In addition to leading very different lifestyles, cats and dogs can encounter different illnesses. Following your pet’s exam and a discussion about their lifestyle, we will build a vaccination program based around their specific needs.
Our vaccines for cats and dogs are:
- DAP (distemper combination vaccine)
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- RCP (feline distemper combination vaccine)
- Feline Leukemia
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The Difference Between Core and Lifestyle Vaccines
Core vaccines are the most important, since they offer protection for cats and dogs against the often-fatal rabies and distemper viruses. Furthermore, rabies and distemper have no known cure and are therefore best prevented altogether.
Lifestyle vaccines are recommended to pets based on the following factors:
- Exposure risk
- Age, size and breed
- Health history
- Travel frequency
- Boarding, grooming and visiting the dog park
Evaluating these different areas will help us choose the proper vaccines for your pet’s protection.
Getting Started with Your Pet’s Vaccinations
Newly-adopted puppies and kittens should often receive their first vaccinations during their first visit with their veterinarian. With underdeveloped immune systems, they are vulnerable to infection. That’s why puppies and kittens should receive a series of “boosters” over the course of the first few months of their lives.
Helping puppies and kittens get a healthy start and keeping adult pets on a consistent routine is essential for their well-being. Click for more information on Puppy and Kitten vaccines at Orchard Park Animal Hospital or contact our hospital today to begin your pet’s vaccine routine.