Vaccinating Your Pet
To protect your pet from contagious diseases, keep his essential vaccinations up-to-date. This is important even if your pet is kept mostly indoors. Many contagious diseases are airborne and your pet could easily be exposed through an open window. There is also always a risk that your pet could accidentally slip out the door. Boarding kennels, dog parks and grooming salons are all areas where your pet is likely to be exposed to contagious diseases so be sure to consult with our veterinary partners before taking your pet to any of these places.It is also important to keep in mind that vaccinations take a few days to a few weeks to become effective.
Dog Vaccination Schedule
Core Vaccinations for Dogs
Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHPP): $30 Commonly called the “distemper shot,” this combination vaccine actually protects against the four diseases in its full name.
Rabies: $40+* The rabies virus is fatal and all mammals, including humans, are susceptible to infection. Rabies vaccinations for dogs are required by law in most states.
Non-Core Vaccinations for Dogs
Leptospirosis: $30+ Often included as part of the distemper combination vaccine (making it a DHLPP), this bacterial infection is most prevalent in moist climates where there are areas of standing or slow-moving water. This disease can also be spread from animals to humans.
Bordetella: $30+ (commonly called “kennel cough”). The bordetella virus causes an extremely contagious upper respiratory infection. Your veterinarian may recommend this vaccine before your dog goes to a dog park, groomer, boarding kennel, doggie daycare or dog show.
Lyme Disease: $30+ A bacterial infection carried by ticks, this disease is extremely prevalent in certain parts of the country — in particular, the east and west coasts and the areas around the Great Lakes.
Core Vaccines for Cats
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP): $30+ Commonly called the “distemper” shot , this combination vaccine protects against three diseases: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (sometimes called “feline distemper”).
Rabies: $30+* Rabies virus is fatal and all mammals, including humans, are susceptible to infection. Rabies vaccinations for cats are required by law in most states.
Non-Core Vaccinations for Cats
Feline Leukemia (FelV): $30+ is a viral infection that is only transmitted through close contact, and this vaccine is generally only recommended for cats that go outdoors.
Bordetella: $30+ This bacteria causes highly contagious upper respiratory infections. Your veterinarian may recommend this vaccine before your cat goes to a boarding kennel or groomer.