Vaccinations Boost Your Pet’s Immunity to Disease
Humans require vaccinations to protect them from viral diseases they may encounter sooner or later in their lives. This logic also applies to our pets, who need to be vaccinated regularly to maintain their immunity to diseases such as rabies and parvo. At Groveport Canal Animal Hospital, we work to educate all of our clients on the importance of pet vaccinations. They’re essential for a long, healthy life, and we want you and your pet to have as much time together as possible.
How Do I Know What My Pet Needs?
Pet vaccinations your canine or feline companion will need throughout their life depends on a variety of factors, such as:
- Risk of exposure
- Medical history
Once your veterinarian has evaluated these factors and discussed your pet’s home environment and well-being with you at length, they can draw up a vaccine plan. This may change over time, which is why it’s so important to touch base with your veterinarian at least once a year to determine what’s best for your four-legged friend.
Pet Vaccinations We Offer
Puppies and kittens receive a series of distemper boosters every 4 weeks, starting at about 8 weeks of age and ending between 12-16 weeks. Pet vaccinations we provide for cats and dogs here at our animal hospital in Groveport include the following:
- Lyme vaccine
- Canine Influenza
- Feline distemper (FVRCP)
- Feline leukemia (FeLV)
We would like to advise all dog owners to consider the bivalent influenza vaccine for their loved ones. This vaccine protects dogs from the H3N2 and H3N8 strains of the virus, and requires one subsequent booster three weeks after the first vaccination.
CIV is very contagious, and can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours. If you come into contact with other dogs or surfaces that may have been contaminated, wash your hands immediately and change clothes before interacting with your own pet. Be sure to also disinfect all potentially contaminated surfaces.
Symptoms of CIV include nasal and ocular discharge, coughing, lethargy and fever. If your pet has these symptoms, call us immediately. Since CIV is airborne, we will need to keep your pet isolated from other pets at our hospital. Please contact us to find out more, and to schedule your pet’s vaccinations.
We Use Non-Adjuvanted Vaccines
Our cat vaccines are non-adjuvanted, which means they do not contain adjuvants, or chemicals designed to boost immune responses. These chemicals can cause Vaccine Site Sarcoma, a rare but very dangerous form of cancer. Non-adjuvanted vaccines eliminate this risk completely and are just as effective as adjuvanted vaccines.
Is Your Pet Up-to-Date and Protected?
Maintaining your pet’s vaccine schedule is integral to keeping them protected from harmful diseases at all times. Your pet’s exposure to life-threatening pathogens can take place when and where you least expect it, so we recommend being prepared. To get your pet up-to-date on their vaccinations, call our office at (614) 836-3222.