Prevent disease by being proactive with your pet’s health.
Vaccinations are simple medical procedures that keep our pets safe from potentially life threatening diseases. Similar to the human body immune response, adverse events do sometimes occur. Common reactions may include: swelling where the injection was given, lethargy and fever. Rarely, an allergic reaction occurs. If your pet has a known history of vaccine reactions, we will take every measure possible to prevent this from happening again. Please do not forgo vaccinations without discussing your concerns with one of our veterinarians.
- When you introduce a new puppy or kitten into your home, we recommend bringing your pet in for exam with one of our veterinarians immediately. Vaccines should be boostered every 3 – 4 weeks, starting from age 6 – 8 weeks until age 14 – 16 weeks. After the initial vaccine series are complete, our veterinarians recommend annual vaccinations on a regular basis. This exam and vaccine plan also applies to pets with no previous vaccines or an unknown vaccine history.This initial series of vaccines is critical to establishing basic immunity to keep your pet safe.
- You know your pet the best. Our veterinarians will recommend a vaccination plan based on your pet’s individual lifestyle. For example, if your pet is not boarded or groomed, he/she should not need the Bordatella vaccine every six months. Likewise, a cat that never goes outside may not need the FIV and FeLV vaccines. Please see the charts below for vaccines recommendations, disease information and vaccine frequency.
- If you decline the vaccinations recommended by your veterinarian, please be warned that your pet may not be fully protected and may become ill with disease. We will make note in your pet’s medical record if you forgo vaccinations.
- An antibody titer is a test designed to evaluate a pet’s immunity to disease. Unfortunately, titers are notoriously unreliable in predicting a pet’s level of immunity. Titers only tell us what a pet’s immunity is TODAY. Tomorrow the pet’s antibody level may fall below the accepted range for protective immunity, leaving the pet vulnerable to deadly diseases.
- It is possible for a small, painless swelling to develop at the site where a vaccine was given. The lump almost always disappears after a few weeks. If not, any remaining swelling should be evaluated. In cats, these lumps may very rarely develop into a fibrosarcoma. We do not recommend that cat owners forgo vaccines to avoid fibrosarcomas; the risk of a cat developing a fatal disease is far greater than that of a cat developing a sarcoma. Please discuss these risks with one of our veterinarians.
- If your pet is sick or aging, our veterinarians may advise you to postpone or forgo vaccinations indefinitely.
- No matter what vaccination plan you and our veterinarians develop, it is critical that your pet has an annual physical examination. Pets who are seven years and older should be examined every six months.