Vaccinations are one of the most important preventive measure you can take for the health of your pet. Dogs can be immunized against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, coronavirus, Bordetella, rabies, and Lyme disease. Cats can be immunized against feline panleukopenia (distemper), rabies, feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, chlamydia, feline leukemia, and FIP.
How frequently you should have your pet vaccinated against certain diseases depends on many factors, so talk to Dr Spink to understand what is recommended for your pet’s unique environment and lifestyle.
Do not underestimate the importance of taking your pet to the veterinarian for regular wellness examinations. These regular examinations will help your pet live a longer and healthier life, so do your part to care for your furry friend!
- If your dog will have little contact with other dogs or wildlife, your veterinarian will probably suggest your dog receive a simple 5-way vaccine
- If your dog will be exposed to other dogs or animals, your veterinarian may suggest your dog receive a 7-way vaccine.
- Your veterinarian will be aware if Canine Coronavirus is a problem in your area, in which case she may recommend either a 5-way or a 7-way with Coronavirus vaccine.
- If you live in an area where there are ticks, your veterinarian may suggest a Lyme vaccine. Topical flea and tick prevention will help further protect your dog from ticks.
- If your dog will be spending time in kennels or around other dogs for any length of time, or you will be traveling with your dog, your veterinarian may suggest a Bordetella vaccine, which protects against certain types of tracheobronchitis, formerly known as kennel cough