Why Pet Vaccinations Are Important

Vaccines are an essential ingredient in your pet’s wellness care regimen. They are one of the most effective forms of disease prevention, and can keep your pet healthier, longer. We also offer vaccine titers here in Richmond, to assess your pet’s immunity levels and determine whether vaccinations are absolutely necessary. As with human vaccines, pet vaccines stimulate the immune system into producing antibodies to fight off intrusive viruses. When your veterinarian first meets your pet, they will help you decide which vaccines will be the most beneficial for their health.

Vaccines We Offer for Dogs and Cats

Pet vaccinations should be a routine part of your pet’s lifestyle. We offer both core (recommended), and non-core (based on risk) vaccines, which you can see below:

Dogs

  • Rabies (core)
  • DA2PP (core)
  • Lepto (non-core)
  • Bordetella (non-core)
  • Influenza (non-core)
  • Lyme (non-core)

Cats

  • Rabies (core)
  • FVRCP (core)
  • Feline leukemia (core)

Non-Core Vaccines

The non-core vaccines listed above are suggested for pets that may be at risk of exposure to those viruses. The Lepto and Lyme vaccines are recommended for dogs that spend a considerable amount of time outdoors, and run the risk of encountering leptospirosis and ticks (which can transmit Lyme disease) in their environment. Bordetella, the kennel cough vaccine, is recommended for dogs that will be boarding, visiting the dog park, going to the groomer, or spending time at daycare. Influenza is also recommended for dogs that are boarding or in daycare.

Pet Vaccinations in Richmond

When to Begin Vaccinating

Puppies and kittens should receive their first vaccination at about 6 weeks of age. We usually start with the parvo/distemper vaccine, which is given every 3 weeks until they’re 15 weeks old, and then once a year thereafter. The rabies vaccine is also recommended annually. Rabies and distemper are extremely important to vaccinate against, because these viruses are almost always fatal if an animal is infected.

Choosing non-core vaccines for your pet will depend on their age, size, lifestyle, and risk of exposure. Your veterinarian will help you create a customized vaccination plan that accommodates all of their needs, through every life stage. If you have any questions about the vaccines we offer or would like to schedule an appointment, call us at (859) 623-0008.