Vaccinations for Your Pet
Pet vaccinations are a standard component of wellness and preventive care. When your canine or feline companion is very young, they receive essential antibodies through their mother’s milk that protect their fragile immune systems from disease. However, these wear off after weaning, and it’s important to replace those antibodies to keep them protected. We recommend vaccines for a majority of our patients here in Sharon, Foxborough, and surrounding areas because there are various infectious diseases they can contract from their environment that have the potential to be fatal.
Vaccines We Offer
Your pet’s wellbeing means the world to us, which is why we want to help you create a vaccine plan that best suits their needs. Both cats and dogs should have vaccine plans according to their veterinarian’s recommendations to maximize their longevity and improve their quality of life. Your pet’s vaccinations could include the following:
- Feline distemper (recommended annually)
- Purevax rabies vaccine (recommended annually)
- Feline leukemia (recommended for outdoor cats)
- Distemper vaccine (recommended annually)
- Rabies vaccine (recommended every one to three years)
- Bordetella (recommended for boarding, grooming, & daycare)
- Lyme vaccine
- Bivalent canine influenza (recommended for dogs who are frequently boarded or around other dogs)
- H3N2 strain
- H3N8 strain
What You Should Know About Canine Flu
The canine influenza virus (CIV) is a contagious, airborne virus primarily affecting dogs. Symptoms include chronic coughing, fever, discharge from the nose and eyes, and lethargy. However, some dogs do not show any symptoms. CIV can live on surfaces for up to 24 hours.
If you came into contact with this virus, make sure that you wash your hands, wash all of your clothes, and disinfect any surfaces that may be harboring the virus. Please contact us for more information if you have concerns about CIV or think your pet may have the illness.
More and more boarding and daycare facilities are beginning to require this vaccine before your dog can board with them. For your pet’s protection, we highly recommend CIV if they routinely around other dogs or if you travel often and board them.
Which Vaccines Does My Pet Need?
While rabies and distemper are highly recommended for dogs and cats, we also offer vaccines that are given based on your pet’s lifestyle and their risk of being exposed to a certain virus. Bordetella, or kennel cough, can easily be spread among dogs that spend time in close quarters, such as boarding kennels and grooming facilities. The Lyme vaccine offers protection against Lyme disease, which is transmitted by ticks. Canine influenza is highly contagious among dogs and causes symptoms such as coughing, runny nose and eyes, fever, and lethargy.
Your veterinarian will help you figure out which vaccines are most important for your four-legged friend. They will develop a vaccination plan based on their breed, size, frequency of travel, home environment and health history. This plan is designed to be flexible, so that as your pet ages, we can alter their vaccine schedule according to their needs.