At Animal Medical Center of the Village, we’re dedicated to providing local pets with veterinary care that’s compassionate, customized, and comprehensive. We want you and your precious companion to enjoy your lives together for a very long time. That’s why we strongly emphasize the importance of wellness services and preventative care, which includes pet vaccinations.
Our Personalized Vaccination Recommendations
We recommend that all puppies and kittens have a vaccination schedule established as soon as possible to protect them from viruses and diseases. The vaccination needs of your pet will vary depending on age, activity level, health status, lifestyle, the likelihood of disease exposure, etc. After conducting your pet’s wellness exam, we can customize a vaccine protocol that’s designed to meet their specific healthcare needs.
Here’s an example of how our vets could customize your pet’s vaccination protocol:
The rabies and DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus) vaccinations are considered to be essential, or core, vaccines for dogs. For cats, the rabies and FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia) are essential. Vets will require these two vaccines regardless of your pet’s lifestyle.
Vaccines for Bordetella and feline leukemia, however, are considered to be non-core. For example, if your dog regularly spends time in daycare or enjoys visiting the dog park, then a Bordetella, or kennel cough, vaccine will be recommended. If your cat is not strictly an indoor pet and will be spending time outside, then the vaccination for feline leukemia will be prescribed for their protection.
With the canine influenza virus still breaking out around the country, we recommend the H3N2 and H3N8 flu vaccines for dogs that will be boarding, spending time at daycare, or socializing at the dog park. These vaccines protect against both strains of the virus and each requires only one sequential booster, about 3 weeks after the first injection.
Since canine influenza is airborne, it travels very fast and can even be spread if your dog comes into contact with hands or clothing that have been contaminated. Symptoms are not always visible in carriers of this virus, but common signs include coughing, sneezing, ocular and nasal discharge, lethargy, and abnormally high temperature. If you aren’t sure whether your pet needs the flu vaccines, talk to your veterinarian.
Learn More About Vaccinations
If you’d like to learn more about vaccinations, or if you have questions about which vaccines your pet may require, feel free to contact us. We can be reached by phone at 713-524-3800 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to taking care of your pet’s healthcare needs!