Vaccinating Your Pet
Bringing your four-legged friend in once a year for a comprehensive wellness exam is a great way to be proactive about health problems, but pet vaccinations are equally important. Vaccines help prepare the immune system to fight off certain viruses and diseases, which is why they need to be updated on a regular basis (every 1-3 years). At every wellness exam, we’ll discuss your pet’s vaccine options (required vs. recommended) with consideration for their age, breed, lifestyle, and risk of exposure, among other factors. We know that no two pets are exactly alike, so we customize every pet vaccination schedule at our Chatham clinic to meet the unique needs of every patient.
Pet Vaccinations We Recommend
Pet vaccines we offer range from those required by law, to those we strongly recommend. Required vaccines are essential for all pets, regardless of risk of exposure. Recommended vaccines, while not mandatory, are nonetheless important. These vaccines are given based on several factors, including the risk of exposure to a certain virus or disease. Lyme disease and leptospirosis (a zoonotic bacteria found in soil and standing water) are prevalent in the area, so we highly recommend having your dog vaccinated against these diseases. For dogs that will be spending time around other dogs at a boarding facility or daycare, the Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine is often recommended prior to boarding. If you have an outdoor cat that may encounter other cats, we recommend the feline leukemia (FeLV) vaccine, which is a contagious virus among cats.
Protect Your Pet from Disease with Vaccines
The following are vaccines that we recommend for all our canine and feline friends here at Wood Hill Veterinary Clinic:
- Canine parvovirus
- Canine hepatitis
- Canine distemper
- Feline distemper (panleukopenia)
- Feline calicivirus
- Feline herpes virus type 1 (rhinotracheitis)
- Feline leukemia
Vaccines have helped hundreds of thousands of pets live longer, healthier lives, and we want them to do the same for YOUR pet. If your pet’s vaccines aren’t up-to-date, or if you have any questions about our pet vaccination protocols in Chatham, please feel free to give us a call. Keeping your pet safe and healthy is our #1 priority.