Vaccinations


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Vaccinations and preventatives protect your pets from a wide range of common diseases. Bond Animal Hospital offers our current recommendations, effective January 2013.

Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

All cats should receive the following vaccines:

  • Feline Distemper (FVRCP) - Initial vaccination at six to eight weeks of age, then repeated every four weeks until sixteen weeks of age. After the initial series, a vaccine booster is given at one year and then every three years thereafter.
  • Rabies - This vaccine is first given when the kitten is at least twelve weeks of age. It is then given a year later, and every three years afterwards. This vaccine is required by law in New York State.

Depending upon the cat's lifestyle, the following vaccine may also be recommended:

  • FeLV - Initially given as a series of two vaccinations given a month apart and then administered as a booster a year later. This vaccine is recommended for all cats. Subsequent annual boosters are recommended only for indoor cats that live with a feline leukemia positive housemate.

Vaccinations for Dogs and Puppies

All dogs should receive the following vaccinations:

  • Canine Distemper, Respiratory Viruses, Parvovirus (DA2P - CPV) - The first vaccine is done when the puppy is six to eight weeks old. It is then boosted every four weeks until the puppy is eighteen weeks old. After the initial vaccination series, dogs are boosted a year later and re-vaccinated every three years.
  • Rabies - This vaccine is first given when the puppy is at least twelve weeks of age. It is then given a year later, and every three years afterwards. This vaccine is required by law in New York State.

Depending upon the dog's habits and lifestyle, these vaccines may be recommended:

  • Lyme - Initially given as a series of two vaccinations given four weeks apart after twelve weeks of age, and then administered annually. This vaccination is recommended for dogs living in areas of high tick exposure such as rural areas, or who take frequent visits to parks and places with high grass.
  • Leptospirosis - Initially given as a series of two vaccinations given four weeks apart after twelve weeks of age, and then administered annually. This vaccination is recommended for dogs living in areas with a high risk of exposure to the leptospirosis bacteria, usually the same dogs who are recommended for the Lyme vaccination, although some kennels require this vaccine for boarding.
  • Bordetella - Given annually. This vaccine is recommended for dogs that engage in regular grooming and required by kennels prior to boarding.

Vaccinations for Ferrets

All ferrets should have the following vaccines:

  • Canine distemper - Initially a series of two vaccinations given four weeks apart, then administered annually.
  • Rabies - Initial vaccination is given at twelve weeks of age, and then administered annually.

Parasite Control

Kittens and puppies

  • Fecal parasite screen at the first visit
  • Worming at least twice during the first month of visits
  • Start on a regular preventive after the second worming (see below)

Cats

  • Fecal parasite screen annually
  • Treatment with Revolution at least once per year and at least once per quarter for outdoor cats

Dogs

  • Fecal parasite screen annually
  • Treatment with Sentinel every month, twelve months a year
  • Apply Vectra 3-D regularly, every one to three months
  • In areas where ticks are a concern Advantix collars may be preferred

Ferrets

  • Fecal parasite screen when first examined, then annually

Heartworms

Dogs

  • Annual Accuplex4 test for heartworms and tick borne diseases
  • Sentinel to control both internal parasites and fleas, twelve months a year
  • Interceptor is an alternative, twelve months a year

Cats

  • Optional preventive regimen with Revolution monthly throughout the year
  • Testing only if clinically indicated
  • Minimally, during warm weather, treat with Interceptor or Revolution every month.

Are your pet????????s vaccinations overdue? Are you not administering preventives for internal and external parasites? Call our hospital today to schedule an appointment.
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