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 they have been weaned, 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 be vaccinated 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
- Canine influenza (recommended for boarding, grooming, & daycare)
- H3N2 strain
- H3N8 strain
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.