Dog and Cat Vaccinations in Callaway
Even if your pet spends little, if any, time outdoors, they could still be at risk of coming into contact with harmful, disease-causing bacteria. At All Kinds Veterinary Hospital in Callaway, dog and cat vaccinations are a key ingredient in comprehensive veterinary care, and we strive to create wellness plans that meet the needs of every individual patient we see here in Southern Maryland. Some pets will need vaccines that other pets do not, which is why it’s so important for us to see your pet at least once a year for a checkup and lifestyle evaluation. Your veterinarian will guide you in choosing the proper vaccinations to keep your pet healthy for as long as possible.
Dog and Cat Vaccines We Offer
We recommend pet vaccinations for both dogs and cats, and occasionally for pigs and ferrets if necessary. These include:
- Distemper (3-year)
- Canine influenza
- Bordetella (highly recommended)
- FVRCP – feline distemper (1-year and 3-year)
- Feline leukemia (recommended for outdoor cats)
*For cats, we specifically use non-adjuvanted Purevax vaccines. These vaccines are as equally effective as adjuvanted vaccines, but do not contain irritating chemicals known as adjuvants, which are used to prompt an immune response and can cause harmful reactions in cats (such as injection-site sarcomas).
Choosing the Right Vaccines for Your Dog or Cat
Generally, cats and dogs should receive their first vaccination between 6 and 8 weeks of age. We start with a series of distemper boosters for cats and dogs, which are administered 3 weeks apart until they reach 12-16 weeks old. During your pet’s wellness visit, we will discuss their health history, lifestyle at home, frequency of travel, and other factors to determine which vaccines they’ll need for the long term.
Your dog or cat’s vaccination protocol may likely change depending on their circumstances. Due to our location, we see quite a few travelers and clients with second homes in other regions, which can increase their likelihood of (unknowingly) bringing a virus back to our area.
It’s important to keep your pet vaccinated per their veterinarian’s recommendations to ensure that they stay protected from disease. To learn more about our pet vaccinations or to schedule a vaccine appointment, reach out to us at (301) 994-9919.