Vaccinations

Why Protect Your Pet with Vaccinations?

We live in a high-risk area for diseases spread by parasites such as ticks and mosquitoes, just to name a couple. They can cause life threatening diseases that could endanger your dog or cat. Vaccines and prevention aides are important protection devices for your pet.

Your pet depends on you for their protection in many ways. The common things they need are shelter, food, water, exercise and most importantly, love & companionship. However, diseases spread by other animals are an ever-present danger to the health and overall well-being of your pet. The good news is what we call “zoonotic diseases” are preventable along with being proactive with the proper vaccine regiment, will extend the life and health of your pet. Preventable care is a more cost efficient way to manage your pets health along with your budget. Unplanned preventable diseases can be costly and detrimental to your pet, as well as your family.

Our Vaccine Care & Protocol

Dogs

Our practice follows New York State guidelines. We are one of the few practices that WILL NOT over vaccinate your pet. We see many patients from surrounding veterinary care whereby, their pets have been vaccinated more frequently than needed. There are two Rabies vaccines in existence today; the first is a one year vaccine, which is given to puppies or dogs that have never been vaccinated before for Rabies. There is not a two year vaccine; as this does not exist. One year vaccine lasts for only one year, whereby a three year Rabies Vaccines lasts for three years. There isn’t any supporting medical evidence to vaccinate your dog every two years. Our vaccine philosophy, recommended by New York State, is in the best interest of your pets health.

DHLPP: This vaccine is for canine distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis and leptospirosis. These diseases are typically spread through urine by dogs, foxes, coyotes, raccoons and rodents. This particular virus stays active in moist/wet soil.

Rabies: This viral disease is fatal for dogs and cats. Rabies is almost always transmitted via the bite of a rabid animal (often a skunk, raccoon, fox or bat). It is a New York State Law that all dogs and cats have a current Rabies Vaccine.

Bordetella: This vaccine is for an upper respiratory infection that is HIGHLY contagious between dogs.

The first symptom of contracting Kennel Cough is a dry cough. See your veterinarian immediately to rule out more severe conditions and start your pet on the proper medication immediately. If you have multiple dogs and one has started coughing, separate the coughing dog from the others immediately; see your veterinarian. This helpful tip may stop the spread to your other dogs, whereby saving you money. If you feel your other dogs were exposed to the cough and it is diagnosed as kennel cough, it is best to treat all your dogs at the same time to avoid relapses of infection. Again, a cough in dogs can be a symptom of a more severe condition. Please seek medical attention immediately. At our hospital we treat coughing dogs as a same day appointment. It is and should be considered an emergency (same day appointment).

Cats

Outdoor cats are more at risk for potential diseases transmitted from our environment and other animals. We highly recommend indoor cats to be vaccinated as well. Unfortunately, we have treated indoor cats with terminal problems that were preventable. We recommend that outdoor cats are tested every year for FELV/FIV.

FVRCP: This vaccine protects against rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, chlamydia, and panleukopenia, which are transmitted by saliva, mucus and other secretions of acutely ill cats.

Feline Leukemia: The feline leukemia virus can infect cats by saliva or nasal discharge, biting, or sharing food and water dishes. It is recommended for both indoor and outdoor cats, as this virus may be fatal. The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends every kitten be vaccinated for Feline Leukemia.

Rabies: Rabies is mainly transmitted through the bite wounds of infected mammals and is highly contagious. It is a New York State Law that all dogs and cats have a current Rabies Vaccine.

FEL/FIV: Is a routine blood test that should be done on your cats annually if outdoors. For indoor cats, discuss your cats risk factor with your veterinarian.