All About Vaccines
All About Animals recommends that all animals entering our clinic be vaccinated for the following before coming to our clinic. You can visit a private veterinary clinic or visit our Wellness Clnic to get these vaccines two weeks in advance of surgery at our clinic.
Feline FVRCP Combination (feline distemper): Vaccination for Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukapenia is a distemper vaccine or a 3- or 4- way, depending on what it contains. This vaccine protects against common upper respiratory diseases that cats can catch even if they live indoors. [The vaccine we use protects against Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Chlamydia and Panleukopenia]. It is recommended if your cat is ever boarded, hospitalized, etc. Many veterinarians, boarding and grooming facilities require this vaccination. If the cat has never had this vaccine before, the vaccine may need to be boostered (repeated) in 3-4 weeks, but you would need to check with your vet on their requirements. The vaccine is $15 at our clinic.
Rabies: vaccinations are recommended for cats 3 months or older. Animals are not considered immunized for at least 28 days after the initial or primary vaccination is administered. Rabies is required in most counties because it is a public health issue, but is a county by county law so you would need to check with your own county. The first rabies vaccine the pet gets is good for one year. When your pet gets the rabies vaccine booster (repeated when it is due) after that first year, the rabies vaccine is good for three years. The vaccine is $15 at our clinic.
Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunideficiency Virus (FIV) testing: This is a blood test that checks for these infectious diseases in the cat’s blood stream. Leukemia and FIV are transmitted through bites, infected body fluids such as saliva, grooming, sexual contact and mother to offspring. This test is $25 at our clinic.
Feline Leukemia: vaccines are recommended for cats who go outdoors. The vaccine is designed to help protect cats from exposure to Leukemia. The vaccination is given in a series, 3 to 4 weeks apart. It is recommended to have a FeLV test first before receiving the vaccine. This can be done in the same visit.
Cat sample vaccination schedule:
Feline Kitten Sample Vaccination Schedule
8 weeks FVRCP #1 (Feline Distemper Vaccine)
Feline Leukemia/ FIV blood test
10-12 weeks FVRCP #2
FELV #1 (Feline Leukemia Vaccine)
12 weeks – Rabies Vaccine (good for 1 year)
14-16 weeks FVRCP #3
Distemper (DHLPP or DHPP): Protection against canine distemper, adenovirus type 2 (and hepatitis), parainfluenza and parvovirus. Leptospirosis (4 strains) is included in the DHLPP distemper. It’s important to note that any dog receiving a vaccination for the first time is recommended to get a booster vaccination in 3 to 4 weeks. Once the dog is fully boostered, the vaccine can be given once a year. A booster is also recommended if the pet is overdue for their yearly vaccine by many months. The vaccine is $15 at our clinic.
Rabies: vaccinations are recommended for dogs ages 4 months and older. The initial vaccine is good for 1 year. When your pet gets the rabies vaccine booster (repeated when it is due) after that first year, the rabies vaccine is good for three years. Animals are not considered immunized for at least 28 days after the initial or primary vaccination is administered. Rabies is required in most counties because it is a public health issue, but is a county by county law so you would need to check with your own county. The vaccine is $15 at our clinic.
Bordetella: vaccinations are recommended for dogs that will be boarded, groomed, or will be coming into contact with other dogs. This vaccine protects the dog against kennel cough, a highly contagious cough commonly seen in boarding or grooming situations. Depending on the type of vaccine given (SQ injection or IN) this vaccine may need to be boostered (repeated). Check with your vet for recommendations. The vaccine is $15 at our clinic.
Lyme: vaccinations are recommended for dogs that may be exposed to ticks. The vaccine is $30 at our clinic.
Heartworm Preventative Medication: is dispensed at a young puppy’s first vet visit. This is a once-monthly tablet the dog will need to receive for the rest of his or her life. Please see us or your regular veterinarian to start your dog on semi-annual or monthly heartworm preventative medication. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to administer a safe heartworm preventive that kills immature worms before they cause damage. Treatment for heartworms is risky and expensive so it is important to use year-round preventative medication since heartworm disease is preventable. A Heartworm test is $25 at our clinic.
Puppies and adult dogs: that have not been previously vaccinated receive vaccinations in a series administered at 3 to 4 week intervals. We can administer any vaccinations that are due at the time of the surgery. A sample vaccination schedule is listed below.
Canine Puppy Sample Vaccination Schedule
8 weeks DHPP or DHLPP #1 (Canine Distemper Vaccine), Lyme #1
10-12 weeks DHPP or DHLPP #2
14-16 weeks DHLPP #3
12 weeks – Rabies Vaccine (good for 1 year)
1 more DHLPP #4 if #3 was before 16 weeks of age
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