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Vaccinations for Your Pet
Routine vaccinations are one of the best ways to keep your pet healthy and protected. At Unionville South Pet Hospital we use only well-tested vaccine combinations for protection against the most serious diseases in our area. We'll perform an individualized assessment of your pet's risk factors, life stage, and lifestyle to determine which vaccines they need and how often. Following the routine puppy and kitten series of vaccinations and one-year booster shots, we recommend vaccinating dogs for distemper virus and parvovirus. Cats should be vaccinated for panleukopenia and upper respiratory viruses every three years.
Alternatively, we can perform periodic vaccine titers (blood tests) to assess your pet’s immune status and their need for vaccine boosters. Many viral vaccines provide immunity for longer than 3 years, while bacterial vaccines such as bordetella (kennel cough) and leptospirosis do not stimulate long-term immunity and need to be boostered every year.
Vaccinations begin between ages six and eight weeks of age for puppies and kittens, the time when nursing pets begin to lose the immunities provided by mother's milk. To lessen the severity of certain life-threatening diseases vaccine boosters are needed. After four months of age, pets are protected for one year.
Your pet's vaccinations are tailored to fit their lifestyle. If you visit grooming salons, boarding facilities, obedience classes, dog parks, and other places, they may be in more frequent contact with viruses. They will need yearly protection against distemper, parvo, bronchitis, leukemia, influenza, and rabies.
Depending on where you travel with your pet, they may need protection from other prevalent diseases such as Lyme disease and Leptospirosis. Senior, geriatric, and other pets may experience allergic reactions requiring different protocols. Dr. Cheung will examine your pet to determine the safest action to take to keep them protected.