Pet Vaccinations: Offering Needed Protection
Whether you adopted a new puppy, kitten, or adult pet, it’s imperative to schedule their initial vaccinations ASAP. Pet vaccinations protect against contagious, dangerous, and sometimes lethal animal diseases. Some of them like rabies and leptospirosis can even be spread to humans. At Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital, we administer both core and additional lifestyle vaccinations for the ideal amount of protection for our patients.
Cat Vaccinations at Our Practice
When you bring your feline friend in for vaccinations, rest assured their care and protection will be fully accounted for. In cats, vaccines containing adjuvants have been linked to injection site sarcomas. That’s why cat vaccinations at our practice are adjuvant-free because we don’t want to risk this form of cancer developing.
Vaccinations we provide for cats:
- Rabies – This core vaccination is administered once per year.
- Feline Distemper – Also a core vaccination, feline distemper offers protection against three diseases with just one dose.
- Feline leukemia – Spread through close cat-to-cat contact, kittens are the most susceptible to this virus if exposed.
My dog is VERY energetic!! The staff and doctors are understanding, friendly and caring. They take time to explain everything throughly. My dog is happy to go for appointments.
Dog Vaccinations at Our Practice
As a practice who follows guidelines and best practices set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), we offer comprehensive dog vaccinations at our practice. Vaccination against Lyme disease is strongly recommended in the Syracuse area as the incidence of this deadly disease has been rapidly rising over the past several years. Although we’re blessed with state parks and scenic wildlife, parks are rife with tiny ticks (nymphs) that are extremely difficult to see and can spread Lyme disease. Since it’s symptoms may go unnoticed until they become serious, we encourage all dogs to be vaccinated against Lyme disease.
Vaccinations we provide for dogs:
- DA2P (distemper/adenovirus type 2/parvo) – This core vaccine provides protection against four diseases with just one dose.
- Leptospirosis – This vaccine protects dogs from bacteria that are contagious to humans.
- Kennel cough vaccination – A common misconception is that kennel cough is caused by one bacteria (bordetella). Many practices provide a kennel cough vaccine that only protects against bordetella. We use an advanced vaccine that provides protection against 3 major respiratory pathogens: adenovirus type 3, parainfluenza and bordetella.
- Canine influenza – The United States and different parts of the world have seen outbreaks of this virus that causes cold-like symptoms.
- Lyme disease – Our region has seen outbreaks of this disease that’s spread through tick bites.
Vaccinating Annually vs. Every Three Years
In an effort to control the dangerous diseases that DA2P and feline distemper protect against, many practices are vaccinating cats and dogs annually. While outdoor cats and very social dogs may be more susceptible to certain illness, annual vaccinations against DA2P and feline distemper are entirely unnecessary. The same as over vaccination in humans can result in adverse side effects, so can over vaccination in your pet.
The AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines state that core vaccines, excluding rabies, have a shelf life of at least three years. As a result of new research and guidelines, we're happy to say we vaccinate against feline distemper and DA2P in dogs every three years instead of one.
Please schedule a wellness visit today, so we can discuss any needed pet vaccinations! We look forward to giving them the best protection available.