Pet Vaccination

Snowden Animal Hospital

Prevent Pet Problems By Keeping Up With Regular Yearly Checkups and Keeping Vaccinations Up To Date

At Snowden Animal Hospital, our professional and experienced staff understands the importance of wellness exams, vaccinations and preventive medicine to keep our patients healthy. To ensure that your beloved pets remain healthy well into their later years we recommend annual health and wellness examinations, regular check-ups, and vaccinations. By monitoring the overall health of your pets we can detect any issues early and provide the treatment needed to prevent any potentially serious problems. We believe strongly in the old adage that “prevention is better than cure”.

It is important to properly vaccinate your puppy or kitten to reduce the risk of contracting a serious disease. Due to their underdeveloped immune systems, puppies and kittens are more prone to contract a virus or bacterial infection vs. an adult. Vaccinating too early, missing or significantly delaying a booster vaccine can impede your young one's ability to create the proper antibodies required to fight viruses and infections.

Puppies receive the standard booster vaccines at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. They also receive a 1 year rabies vaccine at 16 weeks of age. On the one year anniversary of the 16 week vaccination, young adult dogs receive a full standard booster vaccination in addition to a 3 year rabies vaccine.

Kittens receive a standard booster at 8 weeks of age. At 12 and 16 weeks of age they receive a standard booster as well as a feline leukemia virus booster. They also receive a 1 year rabies vaccine at 16 weeks of age. Owners have the option to give their cats a 1 or 3 year Purevax feline rabies vaccine.

Following this full vaccination, we begin a 3 year rotation of vaccines for both cats and dogs. Cats are vaccinated annually or every 3 years for rabies and every 3 years with the standard feline booster vaccination. Optional vaccination for feline leukemia virus is given every 2 years if required. After receiving their 3 year rabies vaccine and booster vaccine, dogs receive a parvovirus booster in the following year, a distemper/hepatitis virus vaccine the subsequent year and a 3 year rabies vaccine in the third year of the rotation. Optional vaccination for leptospirosis and kennel cough is given annually if needed. We believe this vaccination protocol strikes a balance between providing protection for our patients while reducing the risk of excessive vaccination.

Together we can make sure that our preventative measures keep your dogs and cats healthy all year round

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