Vaccines are an excellent way to prevent diseases from affecting your pet and help them live a longer, healthier life. Pet vaccinations work in much the same way human vaccinations do—they stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies to fight off harmful pathogens. At Peotone Animal Hospital, we conduct a thorough examination on every patient to ensure they’re healthy before vaccinating.
Before we administer vaccines to your pet, we will need to discuss their risk of exposure to certain diseases, and overall lifestyle to gauge which vaccines will be most beneficial to their health.
Vaccines we offer for dogs and cats include:
- Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus – most commonly referred to as ‘Distemper’ vaccine
- Bordetella – commonly referred to as ‘kennel cough’
- Canine Influenza – protects dogs against H3N8 and H3N2 strains
- Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia – referred to as ‘Feline Distemper’
- FeLV – Feline Leukemia Virus
Your pet should begin receiving their vaccinations by 6-8 weeks of age. We begin with the Distemper series for puppies and kittens, which involves giving the Distemper booster once every 3-4 weeks until they are between 12-16 weeks old. This allows the vaccine to “boost” their immune system and better equip them to fight off the virus. We administer Rabies vaccination at 16 weeks old and then booster accordingly. Leptospirosis and Lyme require a single follow-up booster after the initial vaccination, and should be given annually thereafter.
We highly recommend Bordetella and Influenza vaccines for dogs that will be boarding, attending daycare, or visiting the local dog park. Both viruses are airborne and highly contagious.
We may recommend the FeLV virus for your cat if they spend time outdoors, and are at an increased risk of exposure to the virus. Your veterinarian would be happy to discuss your pet’s options with you. For a consultation or to get your pet up-to-date on their annual vaccinations, give us a call at (708) 258-6191.