Protecting Your Pet - Vaccinations
When it comes to lifelong health and wellness, vaccinating your pet is key. Vaccinations are life-saving and should be part of each dog and cat’s routine preventative healthcare.
Here at Spring Creek Animal Hospital we tailor our vaccination schedule to your pet’s particular needs by assessing their life-stage, lifestyle, risk of exposure, and underlying medical conditions. That means not every pet gets every vaccination as each dog and cat we see is unique and special; by dialoguing with you, we figure out what’s best for your beloved pet.
Healthy dogs in our practice are routinely vaccinated for:
In addition, healthy dogs who are boarded, groomed, go to dog parks or dog shows, or who have exposure to dogs with unknown preventative care are also vaccinated for:
Healthy cats in our practice are routinely vaccinated for Rabies and FVRCP. The latter of these two is actually a grouping of vaccines:
1. Healthy adult cats who go outdoors, and
2. Healthy adult cats who stay indoors, but are exposed to cats who go outdoors, and
3. Cats living with Feline leukemia-positive cats, and
4. Healthy cats under 12 mos of age, regardless of whether they stay indoors or go outdoors (as the living status of this age group frequently changes), are also routinely vaccinated for Feline leukemia virus.
Puppy and kitten vaccinations begin between 6 to 8 weeks of age, and we boost them every 3 to 4 weeks until your pet reaches 16 weeks of age or older. This series of vaccinations is necessary as puppies and kittens receive short-lived antibodies from their mother’s first milk which gradually wear off by 14 to 20 weeks of age. This temporary immunity slows the development of your pup’s own protective immune response to the vaccines we give, that’s why we give boosters. Too, it's important to have your kitten tested for Feline leukemia and Feline immunodeficiency virus when you first get them.