Keeping your pet’s vaccinations current is important to helping them live a long, healthy life. If you have just adopted a new puppy or kitten, our veterinarians recommend starting vaccinations as early as eight weeks of age. Annual vaccinations are also needed for older dogs and cats, including vaccinations that are given based on your pet’s unique lifestyle. For more detailed information on the vaccinations that we provide, please read below or give our office a call to discuss what vaccinations your pet needs to stay happy and healthy!
Rabies Vaccine Dogs, cats, and humans can contract the rabies virus. Rabies is extremely dangerous to humans and is fatal to cats and dogs, therefore it is important to vaccinate against it. The rabies vaccine is given as a 1-year or a 3-year vaccine. Florida law requires that all dogs and cats are rabies vaccinated by 4 months of age, and Marion County requires that all rabies vaccinated pets are licensed. We can issue Marion County rabies licenses here in our office and have information on where to obtain your pet’s rabies license if you live in surrounding counties.
Distemper Vaccine The distemper vaccine is given to both dogs and cats and protects your pet from several dangerous and contagious diseases. In dogs, these diseases include canine distemper, hepatitis, canine adenovirus-2, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. In cats, these diseases include feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia. You may see these vaccines abbreviated as DA2PP for dogs and FVRCP for cats. They are given as 1-year or 3-year vaccines.
Bordetella and Canine Influenza Vaccines The bordetella vaccine is an oral vaccine given annually to dogs that attend boarding/daycare facilities, grooming salons, or dog parks. It is a smart idea to get any dog that encounters other dogs vaccinated against bordetella, which is also referred to as the kennel cough. The canine influenza vaccine, also referred to as the canine flu, should also be given to any dog living a social lifestyle. Both bordetella and canine influenza are extremely contagious diseases that can cause your dog severe respiratory distress.
Leptospirosis Vaccine Leptospirosis is a disease caused by bacteria found in soil and water. Your dog should receive this vaccine annually if they are exposed to or drinking from any standing water (rivers, lakes, or streams), or if your dog has any chance of being exposed to wild animals, farm animals, or rodents. Leptospirosis can be spread from animals to people, so it is very important to vaccinate your dog if they are at risk.
Lyme Disease Vaccine The lyme vaccine is given to dogs that are exposed to tick infested environments. If you live in or frequently take your dog to an area where ticks may be present, it is important to vaccinate against lyme disease annually, as it can cause a lot of serious, long-term health problems for your dog.
Feline Leukemia Vaccine Feline Leukemia is a disease spread from one cat to another. If you have an outdoor cat that has even a small chance of encountering another cat, you should have them vaccinated for feline leukemia annually. The disease can be spread from another cat’s saliva, blood, urine, or feces. You may also see this vaccine abbreviated as FeLV.