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Vaccinations

There are countless pathogens in the environment that can put a pet’s health in danger. The solution is relatively simple: Keep up with the recommended vaccine schedule for your pet.

At the Animal Hospital of Dunedin, our intention is to protect your pet against diseases that can cause their overall health to suffer, and in some cases be fatal. To do so, our medical team will craft a personalized vaccine schedule for your pet based on core vaccines that are recommended for all pets, and non-core vaccines that are recommended on a case-by-case basis. 

Our vaccination protocol actively avoids over-vaccination in our patients. Like people, no two pets are exactly the same – why should their vaccine recommendations be? You can trust our medical team to only recommend the non-vaccines that are absolutely necessary to prevent disease in your pet, based on their age, species, lifestyle, and health status. 

 

Core vaccines are recommended for all pets.

Core Canine Vaccines

  • Rabies vaccination is required by Florida State law, and protects against the deadly Rabies virus.
  • DA2PP vaccination prevents four life-threatening conditions in dogs: distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. Virtually all dogs will be exposed to these conditions during their lifetime. Vaccination is critical to your dog’s health and safety.

Core Feline Vaccines

  • Rabies vaccination is required by Florida State law, and protects against the deadly Rabies virus.
  • FVRCP vaccination protects cats from three diseases: panleukopenia virus, calicivirus, and rhinotracheitis. 

 

Non-core vaccines are recommended on an individual basis, determined by lifestyle factors such as age, health status, and risk of exposure.

Non-core Canine Vaccines

  • Bordetella vaccination prevents kennel cough in dogs, which causes mild to severe respiratory illness. The bordetella vaccine is highly recommended for all dogs who spend a lot of time with other dogs at boarding facilities, pet grooming salons, dog parks, etc.
  • Leptospirosis vaccination prevents the bacterial infection, Leptospirosis. The disease is zoonotic, which means it can be spread between wildlife, pets, and people. Leptospirosis causes symptoms such as fever and vomiting and, in severe cases, liver and kidney failure. 
  • Lyme vaccination helps to prevent Lyme disease, a tick-borne infection.
  • Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) vaccination protects your dog against dog flu, a highly contagious respiratory infection spread between dogs by contact with contaminated objects (toys and food bowls), virus particles in the air (coughing and sneezing), and humans who may have handled an infected pet prior to coming in contact with an uninfected pet.

Non-Core Feline Vaccines

  • FeLV vaccination shields a cat from contracting the Feline Leukemia Virus, which over time, severely compromises the cat’s immune system. It is highly recommended for cats who live with other cats, spend time outdoors, and stay at boarding facilities. 

Vaccines in veterinary medicine work the same as they do in human medicine. Your pet will be exposed to a safe and carefully controlled level of the disease-causing pathogen, prompting the immune system to form protective antigens that will be ready to safeguard the body the next time it comes in contact with the disease in their everyday environment. 

It’s important to note that keeping up with vaccines not only protects your individual pet, but it is also a courtesy to the rest of the pet community.

If you have any questions or concerns about the vaccines recommended for your pet, or if you’re unsure if your pet is up-to-date on his or her vaccines, we encourage you to give us a call or stop by during open office hours.

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