Vaccines

Vaccines

RABIES VACCINE

By law, your pet is required to receive the necessary vaccines every 1-3 years. Getting your pet vaccinated is the best way to prevent untreatable diseases that can affect both your pet and your family.

FOR DOGS

DA2PP VACCINE

We recommend your dog receives the DA2PP vaccine every 1-3 years. This vaccine prevents distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. The symptoms for these viruses are as follows:
Distemper: Fatal pneumonia and neurological disease.
Hepatitis: Fatal liver disease.
Parainfluenza: Flu-like virus.
Parvovirus: Potentially fatal gastrointestinal disease.

BORDETELLA VACCINE

We recommend your dog receives the bordetella vaccine about every 6 months. Bordetella is a bacterial infection of the upper respiratory system that can lead to chronic bronchitis or pneumonia. All dogs using a kennel, groomer, or need be hospitalized are required to have this vaccine.

LYME DISEASE VACCINE

We recommend your dog receives the lyme disease vaccine once a year. Lyme disease is a potentially fatal infection that results in lifelong arthritis or heart disease and is commonly transmitted by ticks. Please be advised that an infected pet has the potential to spread lyme disease to humans.

LEPTOSPIROSIS VACCINE

We recommend your dog receives the leptospirosis vaccine once a year. This virus spreads from contact with infected urine or through a bite from an infected animal. Humans have the potential to become affected if they come in contact with the urine of an infected dog.

FOR CATS

FVRCP VACCINE

We recommend your cat receives the FVRCP vaccine once a year. Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis virus is a herpes virus that causes sneezing, runny nose, and runny eyes. It can cause permanent damage to the nasal sinuses, can cause ulcers in the eyes, and has the potential to cause ulcers in the mouth. Panleukopenia is a virus that causes the disease known as distemper in cats that often leads to death.

FELINE LEUKEMIA VACCINE

We recommend your cat receives the feline leukemia vaccine once a year. This virus attacks the immune system. The virus causes several types of cancer, bone marrow suppression, inflammation of the eye, neurological disorders, and bone, kidney and skin disorders.

FeLV/FIV TESTING

We recommend your cat receives the FeLV/FIV vaccine once a year. Cats that go outdoors or cats exposed to other cats of unknown status (such as in boarding kennels or grooming shops) should be tested yearly, especially if more than one cat lives in your home.


Furry family members mean almost as much to you as their human counterparts – if not just as much. Why wouldn’t you, therefore, give them all the same tools to live long, stay strong and experience maximum health?

Of course you would, and vaccines are an inescapable part of any pet health plan. They help animals fight disease before it takes hold, and keep pet populations as a whole safe from infection. To see exactly why vaccines are so important and how best to ensure your pet’s safety, it’s critical to understand how they work.

Here are some of the most common questions, and their answers.

Cat getting a vaccine

How Do Vaccines Work?

Vaccines administer a very low dose of a pathogen to a pet, so that their immune system can “learn” to fight it. When a virus or bacteria enters the animal’s body for the first time, they will not possess an immunity, but introducing the disease prompts their system to manufacture antibodies to help fight it, explains the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Those antibodies then live in their bloodstream from then on, so should they encounter that pathogen in real life, full-strength, they will already have the tools to fight it.

Will My Pet Be 100 Percent Immune?

This is a tricky question. Some animals who receive vaccines do develop total immunity. Others only develop partial immunity. Still others, if they don’t receive booster shots regularly, may lose part or all of their previous immunity.

That’s why the concept of “herd immunity” is so important. When the entire population susceptible to a particular disease is vaccinated, the disease can’t find a foothold. Therefore, even if an animal didn’t have 100 percent immunity, it wouldn’t matter, because other animals couldn’t get infected and pass it on.

However, today’s reports show that not nearly enough animals are getting vaccinated. Let’s all work to change that.

Which Vaccines Does My Pet Need?

Your pet needs “core” vaccines and may need “non-core” vaccines. Core vaccines for dogs include canine parvovirus, canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis and rabies. Core inoculations for cats include feline panleukopenia, feline calicivirus, feline rhinotracheitis and rabies.

Depending on your individual dog or cat, your vet may recommend other vaccines as well. For instance, if your cat is at risk of developing feline leukemia, your vet may advise a vaccine to help combat the chance.

Are There Side Effects to Vaccinating?

Usually, no. Vaccines are safe and well-vetted, and we’ve been using the same ones on dogs and cats for years. At most, pets may experience a bit of mild fever or discomfort associated with the low dose of the disease they’ve received. In rare cases, however, you may notice a serious allergic reaction: itching and swelling of the skin and face, vomiting and diarrhea, or difficulty breathing. If you notice any of this, please seek veterinary assistance right away.

Mostly, though, vaccinations are a routine part of any pet’s life, and there’s nothing for you to worry about.

Want to learn more about vaccinating today? Feel free to get in touch with us at (803) 818-5121!

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