How Do Pet Vaccinations Protect Your Companion?
Pet vaccinations are the most important component of preventive medicine. They play a crucial role in keeping your pet healthy and limiting the spread of disease. At 441 Animal Hospital in Boca Raton, we believe that vaccines are one of the best preventive tools for keeping pets healthy.
Types of Vaccines We Offer
Dogs and cats are vulnerable to a wide range of diseases, but vaccines can keep them from becoming infected. Our vaccines are divided into two categories: core (highly recommended for all pets) and noncore (recommended for certain pets at risk). The pet vaccinations we provide include:
- DHLPP – Distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza
- Bordetella (kennel cough)
- Canine Influenza
- FVRCPP – Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, and chlamydia psitticai
- Coronavirus (usually recommended for puppies in social settings and on an as-needed basis as an adult)
- Canine Influenza (recommended for dogs who consistently come into contact with other dogs such as at dog parks, training, boarding, grooming, etc.)
- Lyme Disease (recommended for dogs who are often outdoors in wooded areas, and/or those who travel)
- FeLV or Feline Leukemia (highly recommended for outdoor cats)
Your puppies and kittens will need to receive an initial series of vaccinations in order to build up their immunity. After that, boosters are needed every year or so to maintain an effective resistance. The initial puppy and kitten series are as follows:
- Rabies – once at 16 weeks of age, then annually with other core vaccines.
- DHLPP and Coronavirus – a series of three-four vaccinations (depending on age), given once at 8-10 weeks, then subsequent shots at 3-4 intervals
- Bordetella – once at 8-10 weeks, then again 16 weeks
- Canine Influenza – a series of two given 2-3 weeks apart
- Rabies – once at 16 weeks, then annually with other core vaccines
- FVRCPP – a series of three given once at 8-10 weeks, with subsequent shots given at 2-3 week intervals
- FeLV – a series of two given once at 8-10 weeks, then a booster 3-4 weeks later
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