Vaccinations Are Your Pet’s Best Defense Against Disease
Humans aren’t the only mammals that need vaccines to protect them from harmful diseases—our pets need them, too. Just as we need protection from the flu, measles, and tetanus, our four-legged family members need to be protected from rabies, distemper, Lyme disease, and kennel cough. Here at Town & Country Animal Hospital in Fairfax, we consider pet vaccinations to be a vital part of your pet’s healthcare regimen.
Pet Vaccinations for Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens should receive their first distemper booster between 6 and 8 weeks old. We administer additional boosters every 3-4 weeks until they’re 12-16 weeks old. At this time, we’ll administer their rabies vaccination, which will offer immunity for one year.
Cats that spend time outside are required to have the feline leukemia vaccine, which can also be given as early as 12 weeks. This vaccine requires a booster 3 weeks later. Puppies can have their first Lyme booster at 16 weeks old, and receive their second in 3-4 weeks. Canine influenza and Bordetella vaccines also require a follow-up booster.
Vaccines We Offer
The vaccines we offer are divided into two categories: core and non-core. Core vaccines are integral to your pet’s health and must always be given as scheduled. Non-core vaccines are recommended based on your pet’s risk of exposure to certain diseases, and other lifestyle factors.
- Rabies (core)
- Distemper (core)
- Lyme (non-core)
- Bordetella (non-core)
- Canine influenza (non-core)
- Rabies (core)
- Feline distemper/FVRCP (core)
- Feline leukemia (non-core)
Canine Influenza: What You Need to Know
Canine influenza is similar to our human flu, except that it has no season, and breakouts can happen seemingly from out of the blue. The respiratory infection is spread very easily from dog to dog. Those who are often in the company of other dogs such as visitors to dog parks, groomers, boarding facilities and competitions are most at risk. The best method of treatment is prevention. The vaccine protects against the more prevalent H3N2 strain of the illness, keeping your pet safe and the pet population as a whole healthier. Ask your veterinarian about more information and whether you pet would be a prime candidate for the canine flu vaccine.
How to Decide What’s Best for Your Pet
Determining which vaccines are best for your pet is a matter of discussion between you and your veterinarian. Your pet’s vaccine protocol is subject to change if their circumstances change, so we recommend checking in regularly to make sure your loved one is getting the treatment they need. You’re welcome to contact us at any time if you’re unsure of what they should have—that’s why we’re always here for you. To learn more about our pet vaccines or to schedule your animal companion’s vaccinations, please call us at (703) 273-2110.