Pet Vaccinations: Preventing Illness in Dogs & Cats
Immunizing your pets is the easiest way to prevent many serious or even fatal diseases. Mendon Village Animal Hospital’s veterinarians recommend starting vaccinations for your new pet when he or she is between 6–8 weeks of age.
Because maternal immunity is short-lived, we will work out a schedule for giving the immunizations that best fit your petís lifestyle at his or her first visit.
We tailor the vaccines for your specific pet. For example, because it is an ever-increasing problem in our area, we recommend vaccinating against Lyme disease for pets whose lifestyle puts them at greater exposure to ticks.
Core vaccines we recommend for dogs include:
- DHPP that combines:
In addition to the core vaccines, and in accordance with AAHA guidelines, we also may administer any of the following:
Recommended core vaccines for cats are:
- FVRCP that combines:
- Feline leukemia
Puppies and kittens require a series of vaccinations to adequately protect them. Once your pet is an adult, additional boosters will be given to maintain his or her immunity.
Other Preventive Protocols for Your Pet
Deworming medications will be dispensed to eliminate internal parasites, some of which can be transferred to humans. Just like vaccinations, these medications also will be tailored to the needs of your dog or cat.
Heartworm is a parasite that lives in a dog’s heart and nearby blood vessels. Adult heartworms produce larvae that circulate in an infected animal’s blood. Mosquitoes easily transmit these larvae by biting an infected animal and then your pet. Because dogs are susceptible to heartworm, diagnostic testing and preventive medications have been developed. We recommend that your dog has a heartworm test prior to using a preventive and year-round medication is important.
Preventing fleas is easier and more cost effective than trying to eradicate them after your pet and your house becomes infested. We will recommend the best flea-prevention product for your pet and demonstrate how to administer it so your pet—and your home—is protected.