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Pet Vaccinations – for your pet
Pet Vaccinations provide life-saving benefits. When was the last time you heard about a fully vaccinated pet contracting Distemper, Parvo Virus, Feline Leukemia or Rabies? When used properly, Pet Vaccinations provide exceptional disease prevention benefits for your pet with minimal associated risk.
Doctors at Dunedin animal medical center consider each of the following when recommending vaccines for your pet.
- Life-Stage – Puppy, Adult, Senior, Geriatric, etc.
- Life-Style – Stay-at-home or World-Traveler
- Risk of exposure – Dog Parks, Doggy Daycare, Boarding, etc.
- Underlying medical condition(s)
- AVMA* and AAHA** Dog Vaccination Guidelines – read more
- AAFP*** Feline Vaccination Guidelines – read more
- *AVMA – American Veterinary Medical Association
- **AAHA – American Animal Hospital Association
- ***AAFP – American Association of Feline Practitioners
Puppy & Kitten Vaccinations
Most veterinarians begin pet vaccinations at 8 weeks of age and give a series of 2 to 3 vaccines. The interval between vaccines is generally 3 to 4 weeks but cannot be longer than 6-weeks. An exception to this rule is the Rabies vaccine.
In Florida, the earliest age which a rabies vaccine should be given to puppies or kittens is 12 weeks. It does not require a series of booster vaccines.
All puppy and kitten vaccinations, including rabies, should be repeated at 1-year of age.
Adult Dog & Cat Vaccinations
After puppies and kittens have received their 1st-year pet vaccinations, extended-interval vaccines may be given in subsequent years.
Most manufacturers of pet vaccinations have 1-year and 3-year licensed vaccines available. Three-year extended interval vaccines are generally considered healthier for your pet. Dunedin Animal Medical Center encourages the use of extended interval vaccines for our patients. However, as always there are exceptions.
Dog & Cat Extended-Interval Vaccinations
Historically pets have received a full-compliment of vaccinations each year. That is no longer the norm. Extended interval vaccinations have been licensed by most pet pharmaceutical companies and are now being used by most progressive veterinarians. Common examples are Distemper/Parvo (dogs), Feline Distemper (cats) and Rabies (dogs and cats) are now available with a manufacturer recommended 3-year vaccination protocol. These extended vaccination schedules are available after puppies and kittens have received their first year booster vaccines. However, like most things in life there are exceptions.
Dog Extended-Interval Vaccination – Exception
We have extensive experience (35+ years) owning and managing pet boarding kennels in Pinellas County Fl. In our experience 6-month Bordetella vaccine updates combined with human hospital grade boarding kennel air filtration virtually eliminates kennel cough from our boarding pets. As a result we require that Bordetella (kennel cough vaccine) be updated every 6-months for dogs boarding in our kennel.
Depending upon degree of exposure, pets that engage in any of the following activities may also benefit from 6-month Bordetella vaccine updates. You may wish to ask your veterinarian about the need for a 6-month Bordetella booster for your pet.
- Dog Parks
- Dog Boarding
- Frequent Walks
- Doggy Day-Care
- Grooming Shops
- Dog Friendly Beaches
- Dog Friendly Restaurants
- Other situations with increased social contact with other dogs
When used properly, pet vaccinations can offer our pets lifesaving benefits. We encourage you to ask questions and discuss your pet’s life-style vaccine needs with your doctor at Dunedin Animal Medical Center.