It's essential that your pet stays up to date on his or her vaccines.
Vaccinations are not only safe and effective, they are an important and fundamental aspect of your pet's preventive healthcare plan. Diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable. There are also vaccines that help protect your family from dangerous and difficult to treat illnesses. Additionally, with each passing year, veterinary science is improving on existent vaccines as well as increasing our ability to prevent an even wider array of contagious diseases.
County West Animal Hospital believes in tailoring our vaccination protocol to the lifestyle of your pet, as well as the diseases your pet is most likely to be exposed to. During your kitten or puppy's first year of life we also spread out the series of vaccines in order not to put too much strain on his or her developing immune system. We do this in order to provide the best protection from disease as well as to reduce the possibility of your pet have an adverse reaction to a vaccine.
After we assess each individual's risk of contacting a specific disease, we discuss with you the benefits and risks of administering these vaccinations to your pets.
For dogs we recommend:
Rabies: Offered every year or every three years.
Canine Distemper: Annually - booster includes distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvovirus and corona virus. This vaccine is also offered with optional leptospirosis included.
Lyme vaccine: Recommended annually for patients living in tick infested areas.
Bordetella (kennel cough): Recommended annually and for boarding and grooming patients.
For cats we recommend:
Feline Distemper: Recommended annually. This booster includes herpes virus, calicivirus and panleukopenia. This vaccine is also offered with or without feline leukemia.
Rabies: offered every year or every three years.