Protecting the Pet Community in Lewisville, NC with Cat & Dog Vaccinations
In veterinary medicine (and indeed, all medical fields) preventing illness is a key element to keeping our patients healthy. Preventive medicine for cats and dogs is particularly important because our furry friends cannot tell us when they begin to feel ill. This often means the disease has more time to progress before your pet gets the care they need. At Shallowford Animal Hospital, we strive to prevent illness altogether while also focusing on early detection. Cat and dog vaccinations play an important role in our preventive efforts in Lewisville, NC.
Vaccinations offer a lifetime of protection…
as long as you keep up with boosters!
Which Vaccines Does Your Pet Need?
At Shallowford Animal Hospital, we create a unique vaccination protocol for every cat and dog. Before we decide on which vaccines your pet needs, we’ll have a detailed discussion with you about their lifestyle. Factors we consider include whether your pet is primarily indoors or outdoors, if you travel with them and where you travel, if you hike with them in wooded areas, and more. Once we have a full understanding of their needs, we’ll create a vaccine protocol.
- Rabies – yearly vaccine; required for all dogs
- DAPP (distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvovirus) – one-year vaccine; core vaccine highly recommended for all dogs
- Leptospirosis – yearly vaccine; recommended for dogs who are often outdoors
- Lyme disease – yearly vaccine; recommended for dogs who hike with their owners in wooded areas
- Bordetella – 6-month vaccine; recommended for dogs who are boarded, groomed, or are otherwise often with other dogs
- Rabies – 3-year vaccine; required vaccine for all cats
- FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia) – one-year vaccine; core vaccine highly recommended for all cats
- Feline leukemia – yearly vaccine; recommended for outdoor cats
Using the Safest Cat Vaccines Available
Unlike dogs, cats have been known to have reactions to adjuvants, chemicals that are added to vaccines to increase their efficiency. While the reactions are rare, we figure, if we can avoid them altogether, why not go that route? That’s why we use Purevax rabies and distemper vaccines for cats. These vaccines contain no adjuvants and the rabies vaccine is a 3-year vaccine, which reduces the number of vaccines your cat needs throughout their lifetime. Your cat’s health is important to us, which is why we use the safest cat vaccines on the market.