Keep Your Pet Safe from Disease with Vaccinations

There’s no better—or easier—way to keep your pet healthy and safe from infectious diseases than by having them vaccinated regularly. If you have a new puppy or kitten, it’s imperative that they receive their first booster vaccinations at 6-8 weeks of age to build their immunity. Pet vaccinations are an essential part of any companion animal’s lifelong healthcare regimen. Here at West Loop Veterinary Care, we will work closely with you to determine the appropriate vaccines for your pet’s wellness needs.

Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats

We offer a full array of vaccines to suit the individual lifestyle requirements of each individual pet. During your pet’s wellness visit, we’ll discuss their lifestyle to find out which diseases they are most at risk of contracting from their environment. Other factors that determine which vaccines your pet will receive are size, weight, and frequency of travel. Vaccines we offer for dogs and cats include:

Dogs:

  • Rabies (required by law)
  • Distemper (recommended)
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lyme
  • Bordetella (kennel cough)
  • Canine influenza

Cats:

  • Rabies (required by law)
  • Feline distemper (FVRCP, recommended)
  • Leukemia (recommended for outdoor cats)

Your pet’s vaccination protocol will likely change over time, due to circumstances associated with aging. Bordetella is required for pets that will be boarding, visiting the groomer, or going to the dog park. The leptospirosis vaccine is strongly recommended for pets that live in areas that see a lot of wildlife, especially raccoons and deer. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease spread through the urine of infected animals. These bacteria can also be found in soil and puddles of standing water.

Why Vaccines Are Important

Pet vaccinations are the most convenient and effective method for protecting our companions from becoming infected with harmful diseases. Thanks to vaccines, our pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever. Like people, dogs and cats can be vulnerable to various pathogens, especially if they spend much of their time outdoors. Ask your veterinarian what vaccines your pet needs, and find out how frequently they need to be re-vaccinated. Your pet relies on you to keep them safe and healthy, so be sure to schedule their vaccinations with us if they are overdue.