At Woodworth Animal Hospital, we want to help you maintain your pet’s health. An important part of their health is making sure all of their core vaccines are up to date, and we are happy to provide all the necessary Vaccines in Waynesboro, VA. In addition to core vaccines, we feel that there are other vaccines that are essential to your pet’s health, especially in the part of the country we live. These vaccines include:
- Rabies – Part of the Core Vaccines. Rabies is fatal to pets & people, which is why the Rabies vaccine is required by law in most states, and if you want to travel with your pet in any state.
- Distemper – Part of the Core Vaccines. This vaccine should be given right away as there is no treatment for distemper, but the vaccine can prevent them getting it.
- Parvo – Part of the Core Vaccines. This vaccine should be given right away as parvovirus is highly contagious, but the vaccine can prevent them getting it.
- DAPP – This is a combination vaccine that may be given as part of the Core Vaccines. It is a vaccination against Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus.
- Leptospirosis – We feel this vaccination is important to you and your pet as Leptospirosis can be spread from animals to humans. This infection is most common in moist climates, or areas with standing water.
- Bordetella or “Kennel Cough” – While this is not considered a “core vaccine” we feel that it is necessary for all dogs, even if they are not going into a boarding facility. Bordetella is an infection that could be spread during a visit to your groomer, the dog park, or a doggie playdate, transmission is not limited to extended kennel stays.
- Lyme Disease – We strongly recommend a Lyme Disease vaccine for all dogs that we see, as we are in an area where this disease is more prevalent.
- FVRCP – Feline viral rhinotracheitis/calicivirus/panleukopenia combo vaccine is part of the core feline vaccines. This vaccine can be given to kittens as early as six to eight weeks of age and is boostered every three to four weeks until the patient is sixteen weeks or older. This vaccine is then given one year after the kitten series and every three years thereafter. If administered for the first time in an adult cat, there must be two vaccines given three to four weeks apart.
- Rabies or Rabies Purevax – Merial purevax rabies vaccine is given specifically to feline patients as part of the core vaccines. Given at sixteen weeks of age for kittens or any age for adults with unknown vaccine status. Boostered annually.
- Leukemia – This vaccine is a non-core vaccine, however is recommended for all kittens and any adult cat that spends time outside or is otherwise exposed to cats of unknown disease status. This vaccine is typically given at twelve and sixteen weeks of age for kittens. This vaccine is then given one year after the kitten series for all cats and then biannually thereafter for only those feline patients that will be at risk. If administered for the first time in an adult cat, there must be two vaccines given three to four weeks apart.
To learn more about these vaccines, and vaccinating your pet in general, look at some of the links below, provided by the AVMA:
For a list of pet vaccines, what they help protect your pet against, and when/why they may be used view this article by the American Humane Association: