Rabies: This vaccine is required by law for all pets (dogs, cats, and ferrets) healthy enough to have it.
- Rabies is deadly to both humans and animals that are not vaccinated against it and does not have an effective treatment if contracted.
- Rabies is administered 3 - 4 weeks after the last FVRCP or DHPP.
Felines (Cat) Core vaccinations
FVRCP: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpes virus), Calicivirus , and Panleukopenia. This is a combination vaccine that protects against 3 common diseases transmitted amongst cats. We recommend all cats that are healthy enough should be appropriately vaccinated for this as kittens and into early adulthood.
FeLV: Feline Leukemia virus is considered a core vaccine for kittens. This is a disease transmitted via the saliva of infected cats. If contracted, this virus can be deadly. After kittenhood, this vaccine is only recommended for outdoor cats.
We make individualized recommendations based on your pet's age and lifestyle. We will only administer the necessary vaccines if your pet is healthy enough to receive them.
Additionally, we typically recommend pets only receive one (1) injectable vaccine at a time. This ensures your pet's immune system can mount an appropriate response to the vaccine and reduces the risk of vaccine reactions.
Please keep in mind this protocol may differ based on your pet's previous vaccine history, age, risks, health conditions, etc.
Canine (Dog) Core vaccinations
DHPP: Distemper, Hepatitis (Canine adenovirus 2), Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza. This is a combination vaccine that protects against 4 common diseased transmitted amongst dogs. We recommend all dogs that are healthy enough should be appropriately vaccinated for this as puppies and into early adulthood.
Leptospirosis (4 way): This vaccine reduces the risk of contracting the four (4) most common bacterial strains of Lepto. The disease can be transmitted by ingesting free standing water containing the bacteria or coming into direct contact with the urine of wild animals such as raccoons. This disease can also be transmitted to people if your pet contracts the disease. If contracted, this disease can cause liver and kidney failure and can be deadly. We recommend all dogs that go hiking, hunting, swimming in lakes, or live near or in a preserve are vaccinated for this disease.
Influenza H3N2 or bivalent: Influenza or canine flu is a short-lived respiratory infection that is infrequently diagnosed in companion dogs. It most commonly affects dogs in close contact with many other dogs from different areas such as in dog shows, competitions, etc. We typically recommend this vaccine for show dogs, competing dogs, and those going to a groomer or kennel that requires it.
Lyme: Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks, particularly those in the Northeast US. We recommend this vaccine (along with tick prevention) to dogs that travel and/or are exposed to ticks when hiking, hunting, etc. Typically, dogs living in Florida are not at risk for this disease so the vaccine is not typically recommended.