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Vaccinations

Preventative care is an important aspect in maintaining your pet’s health. Proper vaccination is vital in protecting them against harmful diseases.

Overview

We believe that preventative care is one of the most important aspects of maintaining your pet’s health. There are a variety of diseases that affect animals, so proper vaccination of your pet is vital in protecting them from the many types of illnesses to which they are susceptible to.

Why are vaccinations important?

Vaccinations are vital to the health and protection of your pet, and serve as a preventive measure in combating viral diseases like Parvovirus, Parainfluenza virus, Distemper, Lyme Disease, Panleukopenia, Feline Leukemia Virus, and Rabies.

When should my pet get vaccinated?

Vaccinations are particularly important for puppies, kittens, and other young animals that have immature immune systems. Veterinary vaccinations generally begin at 6-8 weeks of age and then boostered throughout your pet’s life depending on the vaccine. Our doctors will determine the appropriate vaccination plan for your pet.

How are vaccines administered?

Vaccines help to combat diseases by exposing the pet's immune system to inactive or small amounts of a particular form of bacteria or virus. Vaccines are administered through a subcutaneous injection (under the skin), orally, or intra-nasally, depending on the vaccine.

Vaccinations are accompanied by a consultation and examination with our veterinarians to make certain that your pet's condition is stable enough to receive them. Proper and timely administration is necessary to ensure optimal protection.

Vaccinations & Your Pet’s Health

During your pet’s annual wellness exam, your Dallas veterinarian will make sure they are up to date with all of their immunizations. According to the ASPCA, vaccinations are one of the best ways to protect your pet’s health for the long term. Vaccinations not only help protect your pet from contracting a dangerous disease, but they also help prevent them from spreading said disease to other pets or people.

Our veterinary team will make sure your pet is up to date with their core vaccinations. Core vaccinations are a class of immunizations that are considered universally necessary because the diseases they prevent are particularly serious or contagious.

Core vaccinations for dogs include:

  • Canine parvovirus

  • Canine hepatitis

  • Distemper

  • Rabies

  • Leptospirosis

Core vaccinations for cats include:

  • Feline calicivirus

  • Feline herpes virus type I

  • Rabies

  • Panleukopenia

In addition to core vaccinations, your Dallas veterinarian may make other recommendations based on your pet’s specific risk factors. Our goal is to help your pet live a long, healthy life by your side. Your pet’s annual wellness exams go a long way to protecting their health.