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Vaccinations help protect your pet against highly contagious and potentially deadly illnesses, including rabies, distemper and parvo. Our veterinarian works closely with pet owners to determine the right vaccinations for your pet’s lifestyle needs, including core vaccines and additional supplemental vaccinations, like bordetella. Our veterinary hospital offers core and non-core vaccinations along with the puppy/kitten shot series. Thanks in part to our onsite laboratory and pharmacy, our veterinary care team can quickly determine exactly which vaccinations your pet needs. Even better, our monthly, low-cost vaccination clinic helps to keep vaccinations affordable for all pet owners.
Vaccinations help to prepare your pet’s immune system to fight the invasion of disease-causing organisms. A vaccine contains antigens that resemble the disease-causing organism but do not actually make your pet sick. The vaccine stimulates a mild response by your pet’s immune system. Moving forward, should your pet ever be exposed to the real disease, your pet’s immune system is fully prepared to fight back. This protects your pet against disease and helps your pet live a long, healthy and active life.
Core vaccines are those vital to your pet’s well being based on the risk of exposure, disease severity and the likelihood that the illness could be transmitted to humans. All pets should receive core vaccinations and regular boosters to maintain their immunity.
Our animal hospital follows the guidelines set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association’s Canine Task Force and Feline Task Force for determining core vaccinations. For dogs we recommend, in addition to vaccinations against rabies that pet owners get Boehringer Ingelheim's Ultra Duramune DAP vaccinations which provide 3 years of protection from parvovirus, distemper and canine hepatitis among others. This is is the most advanced vaccine technology currently available for dogs with less preservative, less vaccine and less opportunity for reactions from your pet. Non-core vaccinations include bordetella and leptospirosis. The need for these vaccinations is based on your dog’s lifestyle. For example, if your dog is a frequent visitor to grooming salons, doggy daycare, kennels, and dog parks, we may recommend bordetella to protect against kennel cough. We now use Boehringer Ingelheim's New True one year oral Bordatella vaccine, one of the most advanced on the market that provides lasting protection for dogs.
The feline core vaccination includes panleukopenia (feline distemper), feline calici virus, feline herpes virus type I (rhinotracheitis) and rabies. Our veterinarian may also recommend non-core feline vaccines based on your pet’s lifestyle. These vaccinations include feline leukemia (FeLV) and many others depending on your circumstances. Even if your cat is primarily indoors, our veterinarians still recommend keeping all core vaccinations up to date, including rabies. It’s increasingly common for a rabid bat, raccoon or other wild animal to encounter your house cat. Should the rabid animal bite your cat, your cat might have to be put to sleep if the vaccinations are not up to date.
As a pet owner, vaccinating your pet is one of the best decisions that you can make to help your pet live a long, healthy and active life. And thanks to our low-cost vaccination clinic, we’re helping to keep vaccinations affordable and accessible to all pet owners. Our low-cost vaccination clinic operates the last Saturday of every month from 10am to 2pm.
To learn more about our low-cost vaccination clinic or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call our animal hospital today at 909-984-2211.
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