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Vaccinations

Vaccines are one of the most effective methods to prevent serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Their ability to save lives is so substantial, that some vaccines are even legally mandated.

Vaccines work by exposing the immune system to a very small and controlled dose of the particular virus. This gives the immune system the opportunity to produce special antigens to fight the disease. After this experience, the body will be better equipped to fight off the disease if ever exposed again. In essence, vaccinations are like a disease-fighting "practice" for the immune system.

Until a baby animal has received its vaccinations, it is not considered safe for them to be in public or around other animals. If you recently acquired a new puppy or kitten, avoid environments such as parks or boarding facilities until they have received all of their immunizations. This will protect both them and other animals they may encounter.

Our veterinarians extensively research and continuously read the most recent findings on animal vaccinations. We do the hard work so you don't have to. Our vaccine protocol is based on what is proven to be effective and safe.

Core vaccinations, or vaccinations recommended for all pets, include:

  • Canines: Rabies, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Distemper, Leptospirosis
  • Felines: Rabies, Calicivirus, Viral Rhinotracheitis, Distemper

Non-core vaccines that we may recommend based on the animal's lifestyle and risk of exposure include:

  • Canines: Bordetella, Lyme Disease, Canine Influenza
  • Felines: Feline Leukemia, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

Before your scheduled appointment, please try to have your animal's vaccination record available to show our veterinarians. This will help them to decide what your pet should receive during the appointment.