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Pet Vaccinations

The need for vaccines can be a confusing subject, so the following is a general overview. Your pet will be examined at the first check-up and a vaccination schedule will be created to fit your pet's needs and lifestyle.

Some of the most common canine vaccines:

DA2P vaccine
DAPP stands for Distemper, Adenovirus type 2, and Parvovirus.
Distemper virus
Attacks the lungs and affects the function of the brain and spinal cord; disease can be fatal
Hepatitis
Affects the liver and can cause loss of vision
Parvovirus
Attacks the lining of the intestinal tract and damages the heart of very young puppies; disease can be fatal
Rabies vaccine
This is a fatal viral disease that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including dogs and humans.
Bordetella Bronchiseptica vaccine
This is a bacterial infection contributing to the respiratory disease commonly known as kennel cough. This disease can be much more severe when accompanied by a viral infection. This vaccine is often required for use of boarding kennels, dog parks, obedience school, veterinary hospitals, or grooming facilities.

We typically recommend these types of canine vaccines:

  • Distemper/Adenovirus/Parvovirus (DA2P) given in a 1-year vaccine, followed by every 3 years, then every 5 years.
  • Rabies given as a 1yr vaccine for the first year then every 3 years therafter.
  • Bordetella (kennel cough) given every six months for pets at high risk of infection, i.e Doggy Day Camp, frequent visits to the dog park, etc.

Some of the most common feline vaccines:

FVRCP vaccine
Feline Distemper may be particularly severe in kittens and is potentially fatal
Rabies vaccine
This is a fatal viral disease that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including cats and humans.
Feline Leukemia
Feline Leukemia is a cause of serious illness and death in cats.

We typically recommend these types of feline vaccines:

  • Feline Distemper (FVRCP) given in a 1-year vaccine, followed by every 3 years.
  • Rabies given as a 1 year vaccine followed by every 3 years.
  • Feline Leukemia (FeLv) given annually for our patients that are indoor/outdoor.

Pet vaccination needs depend upon a wide range of variables, such as age and lifestyle. For example, a house cat's medical profile will vary greatly from that of a barn cat, just as the needs of a young hunting dog differ from those of an aging family pet. Your pet's health plan is designed to be flexible, changing over time and circumstance. Vaccines may be added or eliminated, depending on such changes and for optimum long-term health.

At Dongan Hills Veterinary Practice, we work with you to determine the appropriate vaccines for every animal, at every stage and for every lifestyle.