When you get your pet vaccinated, you give them essential protection from dangerous animal diseases. Puppies and kittens receive powerful antigens from their mother’s milk, but as they grow older they’re left with protection a “gap.” Keep them protected and disease-free by scheduling their pet vaccinations at the proper time. At Little River Veterinary Clinic, we focus on customized service and we offer “core” and “noncore” vaccinations for pets in Fairfax.
What We Protect Your Pet From
Getting your pet vaccinated means they'll avoid potentially costly treatments from contracting highly contagious diseases. Rabies vaccination is required by law and is prevalent in wildlife, along with distemper.
“Core” vaccines for dogs are administered in one dose that protect from four different diseases. They include:
- Rabies, which is required by law, can be spread by bats, raccoons and foxes and is almost always fatal once it has been diagnosed
“Core” vaccines for cats are also administered in one dose that protect them from three different diseases. They include:
- Rabies, required by law, is spread by bats, raccoons and foxes. This disease is almost always fatal after a diagnosis has been made
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
We determine additional vaccinations for your pet after we assess their lifestyle. Whether your pet goes outside, is exposed to unfamiliar animals, or travels play a role in our assessment.
Some “noncore” vaccines dogs may need include:
- Leptospirosis, which is spread by deer, foxes, raccoons and other wildlife that urinate in yards or other places dogs frequent. This disease is often found in moist climates and standing water.
- Lyme disease is spread by deer ticks infected with a particular kind of bacteria. Preventing this disease is much easier than treating it.
- Bordetella, otherwise known as kennel cough.
- Canine influenza, which has been found in some regions more than others.
Bordetella and influenza are important vaccines for dogs that board, visit the dog park, attend daycare, or join their owners for excursions at the pet store. If your dog is going to a place where other dogs will be present, they need these vaccines.
Some “noncore” vaccines cats may need include:
- Feline leukemia, more common in outdoor cats
- Chlamydia, which can be found in multi-cat households
- Bordetella, the feline version of kennel cough
Timely Pet Vaccinations
Prevent your pet from being vulnerable to contagious viruses and diseases by getting them vaccinated on time. Puppies and kittens should receive their initial round of vaccinations between six and eight-week’s old. After this, they visit us every three to four weeks, until they’re about 15-week’s old. Each booster your fur-baby receives strengthens their immunities a little bit more. That’s why it’s important to stick to a vaccination schedule for puppies and kittens. Incomplete vaccinations mean incomplete protection. As your pet grows older, we will determine whether they need vaccinations every year or every three years. Pets who are more social and one’s that go outside frequently may need annual boosters. Please talk to us about pet vaccinations. We’re here to answer any questions for the Fairfax community and surrounding areas.