Pet Vaccinations

For adult pets, we recommend vaccine appointments

Annually.

Depending on your pet's age and vaccination history, your veterinarian might recommend a custom vaccination plan.

Pet vaccinations are important for all dogs and cats; even the ones that remain indoors most, if not all, of the time because they could still catch an airborne virus from outside at potty time or through an open window or door screen. More often than not, viruses are spread due to contact with other infected animals that are wild or whose owners did not elect to keep their pet vaccinations up to date. Given the violent and progressive nature of small-animal viruses, it is of the utmost importance to immunize your pet and opt to keep your kitty current with the latest cat vaccinations and your pooch up to date with his or her dog vaccination.

Dog Vaccinations

The DHPP dog vaccine provides protection against canine distemper, adenovirus, para-influenza and parvovirus. This immunization should be given to puppies at six to eight weeks old. To minimize the possibility of maternal antibody competition, we recommend continuing the DHPP vaccination every three to four weeks until your pup has reached 16 weeks of age. We administer this dog vaccine one year after the last puppy shot is given and once every three years afterward.

Bordetella, also known as kennel cough, is a very common and contagious illness that affects the canine respiratory system. The bordetella dog vaccine is administered during the first puppy visit and then annually thereafter. However, some kennels and boarding facilities require it be given every 6 months

Leptospirosis, also known as lepto, is a bacterial disease that can affect both humans and pets. It occurs all over the world and leads to liver and kidney damage as well as death if left untreated. Humans and pets can get this bacterial infection by coming into contact with lepto-infested water, soil, or urine. Since this disease can harm animals and humans, we encourage dogs to receive this immunization via two initial doses three weeks apart, and then on a yearly basis.

It is by law that all domesticated dogs must be vaccinated against rabies when they receive their initial shots as puppies at or after 16 weeks of age. Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including dogs and humans. Therefore, it is very important to protect your pet from this virus. An adult booster shot is given a year later and administered every three years afterward.

The Canine Influenza vaccine reduces the risk of contracting the disease, and if contracted, it reduces the severity and duration of the illness. 

Dogs that are exposed to communal activities such as dog parks, grooming salons, and boarding are more suceptible to Canine Influenza. Dog owners should consult with their veterinarian to determine if the vaccination is appropriate for their pet.

Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease caused by bacteria. The best way to prevent your dog from contracting Lyme disease is through tick prevention and vaccination. If you decide to vaccinate your dog, vaccines can be administered once your dog is 10 – 16 weeks of age. The vaccine is given in series. After the initial one, a booster is administered two to three weeks after, and then once annually.

Cat Vaccinations

Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including cats and humans. This being the case, it is very important to protect your pet from this virus. It is required for all cats in Clermont County that are 12 weeks and older. Kittens receive this cat vaccine one time after they reach 12 weeks of age. Adult pets receive the vaccine one year after the kitten vaccination then every one OR three years depending on owner choice. For the most advanced safety and protection for your cats, we only use the Purevax® form of this vaccination. 

FVRCP cat vaccine is our “feline distemper” vaccination that protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calici virus and panleukopenia. These diseases are highly contagious among cats and can have devastating effects on their respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. Our feline patients should receive this cat shot when they are kittens, starting at six weeks of age. This cat vaccination should be given every three weeks until the kitten is 16 weeks old, as it will confidently ensure there is not any maternal antibody competition. Once the initial immunizations have been administered, we administer this cat vaccine one year after the last kitten shot is given and once every three years afterward.

FeLV (i.e., feline leukemia virus) is a deadly viral disease that wreaks havoc on affected cats’ immune systems and can lead to an array of cancerous conditions including leukemia. Because symptoms can remain hidden for months or even years in affected cats, many owners don’t realize there is a problem until it is too late and other cats in the household have already been exposed to the disease. For the best protection, our feline friends should start receiving this cat vaccination beginning at nine weeks of age. After the second set of immunizations is given, a booster is administered annually.

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