Vaccines are an important part of maintaining your pet’s good health. If you want to protect your pet from contagious viruses and diseases, it’s essential to keep their vaccines current. This is vital even if your cat or dog is mainly an indoor pet. It’s important to also keep in mind that the likelihood of your pet’s exposure to disease increases if you take them to areas where they’ll interact with other pets. These include boarding kennels, grooming salons, daycare facilities, and dog parks. Make sure your pet has proper vaccination coverage before taking them to any of these places. Vaccinating your pet can go a long way toward protecting them from potentially fatal illnesses.
Core Vaccines for Dogs and Cats
Here at Overland Veterinary Clinic, we recommend a series of core (essential) vaccines for your pet. We can customize a vaccination schedule to meet your pet’s specific needs during the wellness exams. Depending on your pet’s risk of exposure to certain viruses and diseases, we may recommend non-core vaccines as well, such as Bordetella and feline leukemia.
Recommended core vaccines for dogs:
- Rabies: The rabies virus is almost always fatal, and both animals and humans are at risk for infection. Most states require that dogs receive regular rabies vaccinations to keep them safe.
- DHPP: Commonly called the “distemper shot,” this is a combination vaccine that provides protection against distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus.
Recommended core vaccines for cats:
- Rabies: (see above)
- FVRCP: This is a combination vaccine that protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (often referred to as “feline distemper”).
Canine Influenza Virus
Canine influenza has become an ongoing issue for dogs throughout the country. Canine flu is airborne, highly contagious, and can live on various surfaces (including clothing) for up to 48 hours. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, fever, nasal discharge and lethargy.
We recommend the bivalent flu vaccine for dogs that board, spend time at daycare, visit the dog park, or go anywhere else where they might encounter other dogs. The bivalent vaccine provides immunity against the flu’s two main strains, H3N2 and H3N8. A follow-up booster is required three weeks after the initial vaccination.
Make an Appointment to Discuss Your Pet’s Vaccination
We understand that your pet is unique and that no single vaccine protocol will be ideal for all pets in all situations. At Overland Veterinary Clinic, our goal is to work with you to develop a vaccination schedule and ongoing booster routine that takes into account your pet’s lifestyle, overall health, and risk for exposure to infectious diseases. Vaccines help pets live longer, healthier lives, and protecting your pet is our priority. Call us today to set up an appointment to discuss your pet’s vaccination needs.