Medical Care

Vaccinating Your Pet

Just as for humans, vaccines are essential to your pet’s preventive health. They protect both people and animals from many highly contagious, deadly diseases.

While each pet is different, the following are core vaccines for most dogs:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Parvovirus
  • Lyme disease (based on lifestyle)
  • Bordetella (based on lifestyle)
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The core vaccines for cats include:

  • Rabies
  • Panleukopenia
  • Calicivirus
  • Feline leukemia (based on lifestyle)
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Our vaccine recommendations are tailored based on lifestyle, risk of exposure, and your pet’s unique health care needs.

Establishing a Schedule

Handsome DogNot all vaccines are required yearly, and some are administered based on lifestyle. Your veterinarian will discuss this with you and your family to determine the specific vaccinations required for your pet and can help you develop an appropriate schedule. Our clinic also offers laboratory titers as an alternative to some vaccinations. Rest assured, we always customize plans to the needs of our patients.

Side Effects

It’s important to consult your veterinarian about what to expect after your pet is vaccinated. He or she may experience some mild, short-term side effects, such as sluggishness or reduced appetite. Please let us know if your pet has had reactions in the past to any vaccines or medications.

More serious (but less common) side effects could develop. Seek emergency veterinary care if you observe any of the following:

  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Itchy skin that may seem bumpy (i.e., hives)
  • Swollen muzzle/swelling around the face, neck, or eyes
  • Severe coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Collapse

It’s always a good idea to monitor your pet after he or she receives a vaccination. Symptoms could appear within minutes or develop over the course of several hours. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. If symptoms occur after our clinic is closed, please contact one of our local emergency clinics.