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Keeping your pet current on vaccinations is an important part of keeping your pet healthy, but also plays a role in keeping the animal population in our community healthy. Our clinic offers a variety of core and non-core vaccines for both cats and dogs. The vaccines your pet needs depends on their lifestyle and exposure, but even indoor only pets need to be protected by core vaccines.
Core Vaccine Options
Core Vaccines are considered essential regardless of the type of activities your pet participates in.
|DA2PPL (distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, parainfluenza, leptospirosis combination vaccine)||FVRCP (combination vaccine for calicivirus, herpesvirus(rhinotracheitis) and panleukopenia)|
Have a New Puppy or Kitten?
Start them on their core vaccines
Puppies and kittens should start on their core vaccines by 8 weeks of age and require several booster vaccines until they reach immune maturity (typically between 16 and 20 weeks of age). Being fully vaccinated as a kitten or puppy does NOT have anything to do with how many boosters they receive, rather, the key is completing their final vaccine in the series on or immediately following their age of immune maturity (16-20 weeks of age). Certain vaccines then need to be repeated every year, where others, like the rabies vaccine eventually become due every three years. Our staff can let you know exactly when your pet is due!
Lifestyle Vaccine Options
Lifestyle (Non-Core) Vaccines are vaccines that are based on risk of exposure for your pet.
Canine Lifestyle Vaccines
Bordetella – this vaccine protects against one of the most common causes of kennel cough and is recommended for and dog that frequents the groomer, boarding facilities, dog parks, or any other dog populated area
Canine Influenza – this vaccine protects against the canine flu, which can be deadly to dogs, and like the bordetella vaccine, is recommended to any dogs that frequent groomers, boarding facilities, dog parks and any other dog populated areas
Lyme – this vaccine protects your dog from lyme disease, commonly transmitted by ticks, and is recommended for any dog who frequents wooded areas, parks, or any other outdoor are that ticks may be present.
Rattlesnake – this vaccine helps to give your dog more of a fighting chance if they are ever bitten by a rattlesnake. It will not prevent your dog from succumbing to the poisonous venom, but will buy you more time to seek emergency veterinary care.
Feline Lifestyle Vaccines
Feline Leukemia (FeLV)- this vaccine protects cats from feline leukemia, is a highly contagious, and ultimately fatal virus affecting only cats (it can’t be spread to people or other animals). This vaccine is recommended to any cat who goes outside where they would be exposed. It is especially recommended in our area because of the large population of feral cats in Butte County.