National Immunization Awareness Month

The month of August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Just like with us, it is very important to keep your pets up to date on their vaccinations. The greatest form of protection against the many illnesses your pet can get is by vaccinating them. We strongly recommend vaccinating your pets every year to keep them protected.

Puppies and kittens should get their first vaccinations at 8 weeks old. They will then need vaccination boosters every 4 weeks until they are about 20 weeks to be full protected. It is very important to finish the entire vaccination series. Skipping booster vaccinations may leave your pet with incomplete protection, making them vulnerable to infection.

Here is a list of the common vaccines:

Canine Immunizations:
• Rabies
• DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Para-Influenza, Parvo virus)
• Leptospirosis
• Bordetella
• Influenza
• Lyme

Feline Immunizations:
• Rabies
• FVRCP (Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calici virus, panleukopenia)
• FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus)
• Feline Bordetella

Deciding on which vaccines your pet needs can vary based on medical history, age, breed, lifestyle, and travel habits. Also, some states and cities require specific vaccinations by law. Talk to one of our veterinarians to help decide what is best for your pet based on these factors.

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