Regular immunizations are the foundation of your pets good health. Vaccinating your pet will prevent fatal illness. Side effects are very uncommon and usually mild. The benefits of vaccinating your pet are simply amazing!
One little vaccine, and your dog, cat, ferret, horse, goat, pig and sheep is protected against this fatal virus that can be contagious to humans for an entire year. In Massachusetts, a three year booster can be administered to your dog or cat if he/she receives it within 9-12 months of the 1 year immunization. This does not apply to ferrets.
Distemper/Parvo/Hepatitis/Parainfluenza are core vaccines for puppies, then boosted annually. Some breeds are more susceptible to parvovirus than other breeds, and it is recommended that your Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher or Beagle or mix of these breeds receive additonal boosters, and be boosted more often depending on exposure risk (for example, if you decide to bring a new dog into your home, or travel frequently).
Bordetella vaccination is recommended annually to prevent whooping cough pneumonia in dogs. Due to the epidemic of kennel cough on the southcoast, we are currently recommending this vaccine for ALL dogs. It is a required vaccine for groomers and boarding kennels, and should be administered two weeks prior to exposure to provide maximum protection. Some doggy daycares require twice annual vaccination.
Lyme vaccination has been reported to prevent lyme disease in over 80% of exposed dogs. At the Marion Animal Hospital we recommend this vaccine series due to the incredibly high prevalence of Lyme’s Disease on the Cape. This is a strong vaccine and the veterinarian may recommended administering this vaccine separate from other vaccines.
Leptospirosis is spread by common wild mammals such as squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, deer, and most backyard mammals. There have been many cases in Massachusetts of household pets who have become ill from this unusual spirochete bacteria. Leptospirosis vaccination is an annual immuniazation that can prevent illness from leptospirosis.
Distemper/Rhino/Calici combo vaccines are required as a kitten series and then as an annual booster for cats that go outdoors, and as a three year booster to cats who are indoors only.
Leukemia vaccination will protect your cat from the fatal Feline Leukemia virus, wheter she is an avid outdoor enthusiast or a causal porch sunbather. After testing, your cat will receive two immunizations then an annual booster with a 98% protection rate with this vaccine.