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Here at Colony Animal Clinic, your veterinarian in Fairhope, we know the importance of pet vaccines. Dog and cat vaccines save lives by preventing deadly or dangerous diseases, and some are even required by law. Being a responsible owner means keeping your pet as healthy as possible, and vaccinations are an easy, cost-effective way to do so.
All dogs in the state of Alabama are required to be vaccinated against rabies. Rabies is a fatal disease that can be transmitted to humans and other mammals. Other dog vaccines that may be recommended by your Fairhope veterinarian include one core vaccine and several that may be appropriate depending on your dog's living situation and personal needs.
The main vaccination given to all dogs other than rabies is the distemper vaccine. It comes as a four- or five-way vaccine that covers not just distemper, but also hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza. Typically referred to as DHPP, it may also be called DAPP because the hepatitis vaccine is sometimes referred to as an adenovirus vaccine. Sometimes it includes either leptosporosis or coronavirus, as well.
Other dog vaccines exist. Bordatella vaccines help prevent one cause of kennel cough, and are often required in order to board your dog. Lyme disease vaccinations are given in some parts of the country. Your Fairhope veterinarian is your best source of information about which shots your dog needs.
Puppies are typically vaccinated with the DHPP shot for the first time between six and eight weeks of age, and they should receive boosters at three to four week intervals until they are sixteen weeks old. State law requires that they be given the rabies vaccine by three months of age. Adult dogs usually get boosters once a year or every three years, depending on the vaccine used.
Alabama is one of the states that requires cats to be vaccinated against rabies as well as dogs. Just like dogs, there are more cat vaccines available than your cat may actually need, so you should speak to your Daphne veterinarian about which ones are appropriate for your pet. Your cat's lifestyle and individual needs will affect which vaccines he or she should receive.
The main vaccination for cats is called FVRCP. This stands for feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia. It is recommended for all cats. Another vaccine is available for feline leukemia, often referred to as FeLV. Some veterinarians recommend this vaccine for all cats while others only recommend it for cats that go outdoors.
Additional cat vaccines that are available include FIV, bordatella and chlamydia. Your Daphne veterinarian is the best person to tell you if your cat should have any of these shots. Kittens are typically vaccinated on the same schedule as puppies, and adult boosters are also usually once every one or three years.
As your veterinarian in Fairhope, AL, we want the best for your beloved furry companion. Pet vaccines are safe, proven, and effective preventative measures against serious canine and feline diseases. To make a vaccination appointment, call us at (251) 928-7728 today. We offer a free consultation for new patients!