Immunization is a straightforward and effective way to prevent disease. Rea Road Animal Hospital’s veterinarians recommend your new pet begin receiving vaccines when he or she is between six and eight weeks of age. All vaccination schedules and choices are tailored to an individual pet’s lifestyle and breed. For example, indoor cats would receive a different combination of vaccines than cats that are allowed outside your home.

Beginning at their first visit, puppies and kittens need a series of vaccinations to protect them against several diseases. Once your pet is a year old, we perform vaccine titers for distemper and parvo to determine the levels of the vaccine in his or her system. This tells us which boosters need to be given to protect against these diseases.

Some vaccines are recommended for all pets to protect them against diseases that are more serious or can be fatal. These diseases can be found throughout North America and are easily transmitted to dogs:

  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Parvovirus
  • Rabies

And these to cats:

  • Rabies
  • Calicivirus
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis
  • Panleukopenia
  • Chlamydia

Additional Pet Vaccines

Some other vaccines are reserved for dogs and cats that may be at specific risk for infection due to exposure or lifestyle.

For Dogs:

  • Kennel cough (bordetella)
  • Lyme disease
  • Leptospirosis

For Cats:

  • Feline leukemia

If you would like more information on protecting your pet’s health or have questions on which vaccines may be appropriate for your cat or dog, please call us today.

If you have any questions about vaccinations or need to schedule an appointment, please let us know! We’ll respond as soon as possible.