Why Vaccinate?


Vaccinations protect your pet(s) from contagious disease, many of which are airborne and can easily infect your pet(s) through an open window, or if your pet(s) accidently slips out the door. It is important to remember that your pet(s) should be vaccinated two weeks prior to visiting a boarding facility, dog park, groomer or pet store.

CANINE – Essential Vaccines:

  • Rabies – Viral Disease that can affect all warm-blooded mammals, including dogs, cats, wildlife and humans. – infects cells of the nervous system, producing incoordination and behavioral abnormalities such as unusual aggression or withdrawal. the central nervous system; spread by contact with the saliva of an infected animal
  • Parvo/Distemper (DHPP or DA2PPV) – Protects against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza & Parvovirus – infects various tissues in the dog’s body, producing diarrhea, fever, nasal and ocular discharge, respiratory disease, appetite loss and neurologic signs such as muscular spasms and paralysis.

Other vaccines that pet owners should consider are:

  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough) – Extremely contagious upper respiratory infection – transmitted through the air or by direct contact, in kennels or among dogs living together.
  • Lyme Disease – a bacterial infection carried by ticks – Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world but only causes symptoms in 5-10% of affected dogs. More serious complications include damage to the kidneys, and rarely, heart or nervous system disease.
  • Leptospirosis – a bacterial infection found in soil and water in some places, this vaccine is recommended if you are traveling to states that have it.

FELINE- Essential Vaccines:

  • Rabies – a disease that affects the central nervous system; spread by contact with saliva of an infected animal
  • Distemper (FVRCCP) – protects against viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Chlamydia & Panleukopenia

Other vaccines that pet owners should consider are:

  • Chlamydia – a bacterial infection that causes severe conjunctivitis, usually included in the distemper combo vaccine
  • Feline Leukemia (Felv) – viral infection only transmitted through close contact. Highly recommended for cats that go outdoors