Veterinary Preventive Care

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Prevention & Vaccines

Vaccines are very necessary to help your pet fight off dangerous and fatal diseases. However, vaccines can tax your pet's system and can cause problems or reactions in some pets.

At Farrell Animal Hospital, we believe in vaccinating only as much as necessary to keep your pet in good health. Research now shows that less frequent vaccinations are adequate to continue to keep your pet protected from these dangerous or fatal viruses.

In accordance with the American Animal Hospital Association recommendations,
we recommend a thorough yearly exam to check your pet's general health. Vaccine schedules are tailored to each patient, but our general vaccine recommendations are explained below.

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Cat Vaccines

  • Rabies Vaccine: Because cats have more vaccine related problems than dogs do, we generally recommend a 1 year PureVax rabies vaccine. This vaccine is very clean and safe and causes fewer reactions in cats. For cats that live outdoors and are difficult for the owners to catch, we recommend a three year rabies vaccine.
  • FVRCP Vaccine: This is a combination vaccine that protects against the deadly distemper virus and upper respiratory pathogens in cats. Kittens receive a series of two FVRCP vaccines to provide initial protection against the viruses. Adults then receive this vaccine every three years.
  • Leukemia Vaccine: Leukemia is a fatal virus in cats. Kittens receive a series of two Leukemia vaccines to provide initial protection against this virus. Outdoor cats with significant exposure to potential infection will still receive this vaccine every year to assure protection.

 

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Dog Vaccines

  • Rabies Vaccine: This vaccine is required by law. The initial rabies vaccine as a puppy is a one year vaccine. Adults then receive a rabies vaccine every three years.
  • DHPP Vaccine: This vaccine is a combination vaccine that includes vaccines against the deadly parvo and distemper viruses. Puppies receive a series of three DHPP vaccines to provide initial protection against the viruses. Adults then receive this vaccine every three years.
  • Bordetella Vaccine: Bordetella is commonly referred to as Kennel Cough in dogs. It is a highly contagious air-borne disease that is similar to Pertussis in humans. Puppies receive an intranasal vaccine (nose drops) to provide initial protection. Because the bordetella vaccine is one of the few vaccines that does not last more than one year, adult dogs receive a either an oral or subcutaneous vaccine every year for continued protection.
  • Leptospirosis Vaccine: Leptospirosis is a bacteria that is transmitted to dogs and humans through the urine of wild animals such as raccoons, opossums, squirrels, and rodents. Once contracted, the bacteria can cause acute kidney failure. This disease has had a resurgence in this region, and the vaccine is highly recommended. The initial Leptospirosis vaccine requires a 3 week booster. The vaccine is then given yearly.
  • Influenza H3N8/H3N2 Vaccine: Canine influenza is spread through contact with other dogs and manifests itself as upper respiratory problems such as sneezing, coughing, fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite. We require the influenza vaccine for pets visiting Pet Resort in the Gardens but recommend it for all dogs who frequent dog parks, daycare, grooming, or other boarding facilities.
  • Rattlesnake Vaccine: The Rattlesnake vaccine is offered for dogs who could come in contact with Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes. Studies of this vaccine have not yet shown the efficacy of this vaccine. If you do decide to use this vaccine you must be aware that this does not exempt your dog from needing immediate emergency medical care provided he be bitten by a rattlesnake. This vaccine is not meant for protection against any other poisonous snakes.