Vaccinations Tailored to Each Pet with Recommendations for Dog & Cat Vaccines
Vaccinating a pet against disease is critical to long-term health and longevity. Although some vaccines carry a minor risk to some patients, the veterinarians at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital weigh the benefits of vaccinating against any risk to your pet. Every patient receives a disease prevention plan that is tailored to his or her specific needs, for optimum safety and protection.
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Vaccine Guidelines for Dogs & Cats
The AAHA Dog & Cat Vaccine Guidelines clearly state that all pets are different and vaccine decisions should be made on an individual basis. Issues to consider include:
- Health status
Health threats vary depending upon where and how you live. We work with you to tailor an immunization program to your pet’s needs, risks, and lifestyle factors.
These vaccines are generally recommended for all dogs to protect against diseases that are serious, contagious, or potentially fatal:
- Bordetella/kennel cough
These vaccines are given during the initial puppy series, boostered at one year. As the dog matures, we may convert to every three years to provide proper immunity with the least amount of vaccinations.
These vaccines are reserved for dogs at specific risk for infection due to exposure situations such as boarding, dog parks, dog shows, and rural environments:
- Lyme disease
- Canine influenza
These vaccines are generally recommended for all cats to protect against diseases that are serious, contagious, or potentially fatal:
- Feline upper respiratory diseases
- Feline leukemia virus
These vaccines are given during the initial kitten series, boostered at one year. As the cat matures, we may convert to every three years, to provide proper immunity with the least amount of vaccinations. For your cat’s safety, we use adjuvant-free Merial vaccines.